Movember has just launched its first-ever podcast for new and expecting dads – Dad in Progress . Teaming up with Diamantina Podcast Network (the crew behind The Betoota Advocate, DYL & Friends and The Grade Cricketer), the five-part series is a brutally honest look at the role of dads in the 21stcentury.
Over the five episodes, host Raph Dixon is joined by Aussie dads from all walks of life including Osher Gunsberg, comedian Aaron Gocs, soccer star Archie Thompson and one of the world’s most famous stay-at-home dads, Clarke Gayford – husband of New Zealand PM, Jacinda Ardern.
Brendan Maher, Movember Global Director of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, said: “We know that transitioning into fatherhood can be tough. Dad in Progress is about fatherhood in the real world, celebrating the highs and sharing the challenges, without sugar-coating it.”
According to a recent Movember-funded survey conducted by Ipsos MORI, nearly two thirds (65%) of Australian dads experienced increased stress as a result of becoming a father, and of these, 23% say they didn’t handle the stress well.
Podcast host Raph Dixon said that during the recording of the podcast, he discovered that there was no rulebook for being a dad in 2020.
“It’s an ongoing process and we’re still figuring it out,” Dixon said. “Our grandads knew exactly what to do – they went back to work, made money and basically went back to living a similar life to the one they had before. As society has evolved, dads want to be more involved in the upbringing of their kids – but who do we look to for advice?”