In this episode of The Dad Central Show, Jeff Nelligan and the hosts discuss the challenges of raising resilient and confident kids in today’s world, where technology and societal pressures can impact children’s well-being. The hosts explore the problem of balancing authority and respect while teaching children resilience, confidence, and ambition.

Jeff Nelligan emphasizes the importance of setting boundaries for children’s use of technology and being a role model for them. He stresses the need for parents to listen to their children, show humility, and spend one-on-one time with them. The episode provides valuable insights into Jeff’s strategies for parenting and how his background and experiences shaped his perspective on raising kids with confidence and resilience.

On The Dad Central Show, hosts Ed Gough Jr. and Drew Soleyn provide a platform for impactful conversations with influential fathers like Jeff Nelligan. They share practical tools and advice for dads to raise confident and successful kids amidst the challenges of modern-day parenting.

Top Three Takeaways:

– Setting boundaries for children’s use of technology and being a role model for them

– Spending meaningful one-on-one time with children to build confidence and resilience

– Teaching personal courtesy, confidence, resilience, and ambition to children

Listeners can gain a deeper understanding of strategies for raising resilient and confident kids, navigating the challenges of parenting in today’s world, and fostering strong connections with their children.

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“Teaching our kids resilience and confidence is about showing up, setting boundaries, and giving them the tools they need to navigate the world.” – Jeff Nelligan.

Take a moment to reflect on how you can apply these insights in your parenting journey. What small steps can you take today to foster resilience and confidence in your children? Share your thoughts with us and continue the conversation on our Youtube channel or at [email protected]

About Jeff Nelligan:

Jeff Nelligan is the father of three boys and a well-known commentator in the world of American parenting. His most recent book is the 2nd edition of “Four Lessons from My Three Sons – How You Can Raise Resilient Kids,” in which he outlines his parenting techniques and the path of his sons through childhood and adolescence to the U.S. Naval Academy, Williams College, and West Point. The first edition was the subject of feature stories on National Public Radio and in dozens of parenting publications, including: Parents Magazine, Fatherly, YoungTeen Magazine, The Good Men Project, Fatherhood and LetGrow

Currently a public affairs executive in Washington, D.C., Nelligan formerly worked for three Members of the U.S. Congress and served twice as a Presidential appointee. An Army veteran, he is a of Polynesian ancestry (Māori Indian, New Zealand) and a graduate of Williams College and Georgetown University Law School. His website is and he can be reached at [email protected]


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