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July 26th, 2023

When You’re the Lead Dad in a Mom’s World with Paul S (ENCORE)

  1. When You’re the Lead Dad in a Mom’s World with Paul S (ENCORE) Sue Groner 22:54

Paul S is the lead dad to his three daughters. What is that exactly, you ask? He’s the main parent that takes on most or all of  the daily responsibilities for the kids. He loves his role with his kids but finds that navigating the social dynamics within the mom community as a Dad is complicated. He finds it rather difficult to break through the “playground mom mafia”. He’s wondering what he can do to get lead moms to engage when it comes to birthday parties, playdates and chatting on the playground. Listen along for some strategies to encourage your partner to take on more lead responsibilities and why it’s okay and important to embrace lead dads in your mom community.

This week on The Parenting Mentor:

What exactly is a lead dad? Practicing transparency and openness around the topic of lead dads. Using humor to create bonds on the playground for both the lead moms and dads. Creating open and direct communication around this modern parenting style  The power of moms letting go of control and allowing space for a partner to take on more responsibilities.  “I think part of the challenge is that the mom has to genuinely give up control” -Sue Groner

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Susan G. Groner Founder of The Parenting Mentor, Author, Podcaster

As an experienced mother of 2 young adults, Sue Groner knows how stressful and overwhelming parenting can be at times. She founded The Parenting Mentor to provide an ally for parents in their quest to raise confident and resilient children. Sue is the author of Parenting with Sanity and Joy. 101 Simple Strategies, is the host of The Parenting Mentor Sessions Podcast, and is a certified Positive Discipline parent educator.

Sue is also the creator of the CLEARR method of parenting, developed through years of trial (and her fair share of errors!) with her own family. CLEARR adheres to the belief that parenting strategies should be grounded in six important pillars: Communication, Love, Empathy, Awareness, Rules, and Respect. This has become the cornerstone of her practice as The Parenting Mentor.

A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a former advertising executive, Sue is a frequent guest expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox to name a few, and provides advice for many national publications and websites such as The Wall Street Journal, Parents, Real Simple,, HuffPost, and Katie Couric Media. Sue resides in New York City and Bedford, NY with her husband, and when she’s lucky, with her children. She is available for private and group mentorship sessions(in-person or virtual) nationwide for individuals and corporations.

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