07 – Forgiveness in fatherhood with Rocco DeLeo

Today’s Tactical Dads podcast features Rocco DeLeo from The Real Dad Show. We talk forgiveness, the struggles associated with being dads who podcast, and how our lives have been changed by Jesus Christ.

You can find Rocco at http://www.roccodeleo.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Roccoadeleo/?fref=ts

Check out the new Tactical Dads social network!

Did you know we have a Tactical Dads channel on YouTube?

Hey, dads! We’re all about creating resources and environments that help you be the best dad possible. We do that mainly through the Facebook group, but there are many other elements of Tactical Dads.

I wanted to let you know about one that we haven’t promoted a whole lot. Our YouTube channel. We’re adding new content a little at a time, stuff that adds value to your journey in fatherhood. As with anything else, we’re open to your feedback and welcome your suggestions for content.

Head on over to video.thetacticaldads.com to check things out. Don’t forget to subscribe so you get the latest content as it comes out.

Tactical Dads are tough


There are a lot of adjectives that can be used to describe fathers. Some are good, some are unfortunately earned through many years of fathers not being all they should be. Since the goal at Tactical Dads is to equip dads to be more than just fathers, there are some pretty specific descriptive words we have in mind. Anyone who takes part in the process of making a baby is a father. It takes someone special to be a dad. And it takes a real man to be a Tactical Dad.

A Tactical Dad is no ordinary man. No, he’s a man who takes care of his children with an end goal in mind. He gives all of himself, every single day, for the sake of his kids.

The first characteristic that describes a Tactical Dad is toughness. Parenthood isn’t for the weak, and a lot of guys ditch the mothers of their children because they’re scared or selfish. Others stick around, but do very little to participate in parenting. Neither of these men are Tactical Dads. A Tactical Dad is tough enough to grit it out when things get rough. He’s not scared away by the challenges of fatherhood.  He’s able to withstand the long days and the sometimes sleepless nights. He’s able to take criticism like a champ, without giving up when he’s questioned. He’s ready to lead his kids, standing his ground when the time comes to do so.

A Tactical Dad has to be willing to stand firm in the face of criticism, uncompromising when it comes to his kids. There’s no one else that knows your kids like you do. There’s no one else that wants to see them succeed like you do. And you’re the one who has a plan for their success. It’s easy to cave in when questioned, but toughness is vital to parenting.

This isn’t a characteristic that we’re necessarily born with. It’s something that’s forged like steel, developed through adversity, and perfected over a lot of time and experience. We’re all going to fail from time to time. We’re going to loosen up when we should have been consistent. We’re going to bend at the wrong time. It’s not about never getting it wrong. Quite to the contrary, toughness is earned through learning from the mistakes and making better choices for the direction of our families.

Popular books for kids

Hey, dads! I just wanted to share some popular books for kids on Amazon. If you’re like me, you’re trying to keep up with all the reading your kids do by having fresh and interesting books for them to dig into. I get most of my kids’ books on Amazon because I get free shipping with Prime. What are some of your kids’ favorite books? Share in the comments below!

06 – A Tribe of Rad Dads with Walter Eggers

Matt welcomes Walter Eggers to the podcast to discuss We Rad Dads, a community of fathers built with the intention of sharing resources, stories, and hope.

In this episode we discuss the need for a community of dads, the purpose of fatherhood, and where pain can take us in life.

Find Walter and We Rad Dads at the following sites:






05 – Overcoming Parenting Mistakes

We all make mistakes. It’s important that we don’t dwell on them and we learn how to move past them and improve. In this episode I’m talking about the mistakes we can make in discipline and how to get better.


Are you a dad who wants to get better every day? We’ve got a group on FB just for dads like you. Check it out here.

Be prepared with the Tactical Dad ECD kit. Browse the kit or buy the whole thing right here.

04 – What Have You Learned?

Now that you’re a bit older, and a bit wiser, what do you wish you would have known when you started out in fatherhood?

Here are 10 things I would tell my 20 year old self.

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