In this episode I chat with solo dad Michael Ray, who shares a glimpse into his life as a single dad with his little girl. Michael took the time to chat to me all the way over in Melbourne Australia!
At 51, Michael Ray was thrust into life as a solo parent. He regularly campaigns for equality and change after an incident (which created quite the media frenzy,) left his daughter and him really upset. The experience opened his eyes to outdated gender expectations and led him to become a vocal advocate for equality and change.
Michael’s passion to parenting and advice to dads is incredibly inspiring and made me really think about how although we have come such a long way when it comes to equality, we still have so far to go.
Solo Dad, Michael Ray, discusses adjusting to single parenting, the challenges this raises being a male, what needs to change to better support parents to be equal in raising their kids and how special that father & daughter relationship is.
This week’s guest is Michael Ray, a man who gained clarity through adversity that many would crumble under, that his primary role in life as a single Dad is to be an example and leader for his 8 year old daughter Charlie, but not in the way you might expect. Michael has what could be described as a colourful resume. A former boxer, bodybuilder, nightclub bouncer, AFL fitness coach and now, an ascending speaking, writing and media career.
Do SOLE fathers have it harder? I’m joined by Michael Ray, Public Speaker, Blogger, Writer – who’s all about calling time on outdated gender stereotypes holding fathers back. We explore life as a solo parent, moving on from being Jack-the-Lad to empowering daughters.
Michael speaks about his personal journey raising his daughter and the profound impact being a solo dad has had on his outlook.
In this interview hosted by Julie Hawkins LLB (hons) , founder of SMBN with Michael Ray aka Charlie's Dad, we talk about Single Parenting, Flexible Working, Gender Equality, Parenting Equality, and all things human! Michael is a personal trainer Single Dad, and he has a history in Security for some very famous rock stars!
Breadwinner and nurturer no longer being two separate and distinct role for men and women The importance of trauma to help us realise we need to prioritise our kids Protecting your kids’ self-esteem The new to reduced as working dad workload, enabled by being our own boss Time blocking for your kids Think about how you want to be remembered Charlie’s day
Michael Ray speaks about his insight from his personal journey raising his daughter and the profound impact being a solo dad has had on his outlook. Michael addresses the gender and societal roles that are no longer applicable and the negative impacts on organisations, business, and personal outcomes
Being a single parent is hard, but it can be joyful too. Legendary single Dad, champion father we discuss both with single dad Michael Ray.
For the last 6 years, Michael has been bringing up his daughter on his own. Oh, and did I mention that Michael was 51 when this happened and is an ex- bouncer, bodybuilder and Personal Trainer? Michael delves into what it was like raising his daughter, fighting stereotypes and also turning into a campaigner and reformer after being banned from his daughters ballet school.
Michael Ray became a dad for the first time at forty-nine. At fifty-one, the bloke who had worked most of his adult life as a Stripper, Bouncer and Trainer became a full-time single parent, raising his two-year-old daughter Charlie on his own. To say he was under-prepared, ill-equipped and overwhelmed, would be something of an understatement
Michael speaks candidly about his journey into fatherhood and the fun and adventures that he and his daughter are having. He also talks about the outdated gender bias that has become glaring obvious to him since becoming a solo dad to his daughter which is completely pervasive throughout our society and how he has used these experiences to contribute to the debate and hopefully champion change.