Dadvengers Podcast Episode 23 Alex Winters
It’s time for the Dadvengers Podcast Episode 23 – Alex Winters – and it’s another great one folks! Alex has been an actor in theatre, panto and TV, as well as TV presenter – he will be known by many from Cbeebies! He also has a podcast called “The Gig Stories Podcast – which is a brilliant listen! Alex has three kids, from age 15 – 9 (we won’t mention him getting the youngest’s age wrong 🤫) and today he talks openly about his parenting journey.
We chat about being the dad of three kids at very different ages. Listen out for the very funny chat about when the right time to tell your kids to “p*ss off” is! Alex chats openly about being brought up in the Mormon religion. A notoriously strict faith, which he describes as a “brain washed obedience”. His choice to leave effected on his entire life. We jump into how he made that decision, the reasons behind it and the impact it had. Lastly – you have to hear what Alex’s really honest, and relatable, Dad Superpower would be!
This is another really brilliant, and insightful chat. And we are so grateful to Alex for sharing so openly with us. Alex you’re a great guy, and a great Dadvenger – welcome to the community!
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Episode Time Stamps
2:26 – Alex tells us about his three kids, and how parenting a 15. 13 and 10 year old – or is his youngest really 9?!
4:52 – We delve into Alex’s childhood and growing up in Cardiff in he home his mum still lives in- “Because it’s the same house… I feel like a child again – it’s very weird!”
8:14 – “Does it make it difficult as a child, absolutely… I was embarrassed. It did seem difficult” – Alex tells us about the impact of growing up Mormon.
12:08 – “I just had to supress it and suck it down” – Why Alex didn’t rebel against the religion as a teenager.
14:00 – Alex’s relationships with his parents growing up. “I wish with my dad there had been more involvement – my dad never came [to a football match], not once.”
17:23 – “I don’t want to criticise my dad, but I wish he’d been more present.”. Alex on how he regrets he didn’t have more involvement from his dad.
21:12 – Alex tells us about how he has gone the other way with his kids and gets involved – “Whatever they do I just want to make sure that at all times I am part of those things”
25:55 – “Then my dad says do you recognise my son”!- Alex shares the funny ways his parents did show their pride in him”
31:02 – Alex shares the things he works on as a parent every day- particularly his patience!
37:36 – Alex opens up about leaving the Mormon faith in his late 30’s. The reasons for wanting to leave, and the conversation with his wife about it. “One of my fears was am I going to lose my family over this”.
47:06 – We chat about the impact of leaving Mormonism has had on Alex’s parenting. And how his children have coped with it.
52:35 – Alex’s dad superpower.
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Whether you are male, female, and parent or a parenting professional there’s lots to be learned by listening to men tell their stories. We also have a comments box below if you’d like to leave your thoughts.
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