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Rob Kenney – Dad, How Do I?

Rob Kenney is known as the “Internet Dad” (a Google search of that term immediately brings up his name). But he’s also a self-described introvert who, through genuine concern for others, unexpectedly achieved digital fame during the pandemic. His channel “Dad, How do I” has more than 4 million subscribers, drawn by his straightforward tips and sincere encouragement. 

Welcoming Rob Kenney: A Lighthearted Discussion on Fatherhood

In this episode of the Dad Edge podcast, Larry Hagner has a delightful and engaging conversation with Rob Kenney, also known as the “Internet Dad.” They delve into various aspects of fatherhood, discussing home repairs, parenting challenges, and the creative concept behind the popular YouTube channel “Dad, How Do I?” Rob shares a humorous anecdote about his wife’s idea for a jar, collecting a fee every time someone asks, “Mom, do you know where’s my…” The conversation flows smoothly, providing a relatable and entertaining exploration of what it means to be a dad.

Rob Kenney’s Childhood: Striving for Perfection Amidst Trauma

Rob opens up about his traumatic childhood, revealing how it has significantly shaped his life and his constant pursuit of perfection. He recounts the painful experience of his parents’ separation when he was just 14 and a half, leading him to live with his older brother and sister-in-law. This transition placed a heavy burden on young Rob as he grappled with the unrealistic expectations he set for himself, believing that achieving perfection could prevent the recurrence of such trauma.

The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Perfectionism

The podcast delves into the prevalent theme of childhood trauma and its connection to the relentless pursuit of perfection, a challenge that many can relate to. Trauma can distort an individual’s self-perception and worldview, driving a perpetual need to prove oneself and avert additional pain. The quest for perfection thus becomes a defense mechanism, an attempt to control one’s environment and stave off future trauma.

Embracing Imperfection: Finding Support and Healing

As the conversation progresses, it becomes evident that striving for perfection is an unattainable goal that can take a toll on mental health and overall well-being. Rob’s journey and insights underscore the importance of seeking support and embracing healing, rather than succumbing to the pressures of unrealistic expectations. His story serves as a poignant reminder and a call to action for anyone grappling with past pain and the relentless pursuit of perfection.

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Larry’s Takeaways

  1. Fatherhood brings healing and connection. 
  2. Forgiveness is essential for healing. 
  3. Overcome fear to pursue passion. 

What You’ll Learn

00:03:07 Don’t sweat the small things.

00:08:32 Family struggles and resilience.

00:15:46 Traumatic childhood, seeking perfection.

00:16:37 Growing up can be tough.

00:25:37 Forgiveness is liberating and healing.

00:26:35 Encourage independence in your children.

00:36:00 Fatherhood brings healing and connection.

00:39:23 Overcoming fear and pursuing passion.

00:45:13 Forgiveness brings freedom and growth.

00:48:22 Forgiveness is freeing for individuals.

00:53:24 Appreciate the chaos of life.

00:59:17 Influencers should align with core values.


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