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MAGGIE DENT on why women don’t understand how men grieve

LiSTNR 4 mins read
Tristan MacManus and Maggie Dent

Tristan MacManus to Maggie Dent: always struggled with not feeling good enough

Matt Okine to Maggie Dent: he turned his back on his daughter for one second and disaster almost happened


There are 5.4 million dads* in Australia and in LiSTNR’s new original podcast series, The Good Enough Dad, famed parenting educator and author, Maggie Dent talks to some of them about their wins, challenges and stuff-ups, proving along the way that being “good enough” is exactly what our kids need. Today we have a double banger – Maggie Dent chats with TV Host and former Dancing with The Stars Judge Tristan MacManus about his own upbringing and struggling with not feeling good enough, and also actor, author, comedian and podcast Matt Okine about his slip ups and the challenges of dadding.


Maggie shares her sought after advice on why women don’t understand how men grieve, and how boundaries are hard but they help kids feel safe.


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Although Tristan MacManus is a TV Host and former Dancing with The Stars Judge he still struggles with feeling he’s “not enough”. Because of this the Irish dancing star tries to fill his children with confidence every day. In this conversation with Maggie Tristan talks about the miscarriages he and wife Tahnya went through, and how he makes his kids feel 10 feet tall.


3’53 – Grew up embarrassed of dancing- didn’t want to get his “face smashed in” 

4’54 – Tristan grew up in a rough neighbourhood but it’s made him who he is today 

31’19 & 33’43 - When Tahyna started making a doco on miscarriage Tristan didn’t want to be involved 

54’09 Tristan wants his kids to feel like they’re good enough, as it’s something he’s struggled with his whole life 

Maggie’s advice: 

12’06 – Why women don’t understand how men grieve



Before he became a dad, Matt Okine thought that he could make music while hanging with his kid.

Now his daughter is four Matt has changed his ideas a little!!

While the actor, author, comedian and podcast host still creates all kinds of things, he knows that when he’s with Sofia, he’s just focussed on her.

That is, except this one time … Matt talks to Maggie about some of his slip ups and the challenges of dadding - including how much relationships can change once you throw a baby in the mix.


10’33 – why Matt thinks cuddling in a crisis would help new parents 

14’53 – turned his back for a minute and his daughter was driving the car 


Maggie’s advice: 

7’45 – discipline is guiding, punishment engenders fear 

24’20 – boundaries are hard but they help kids feel safe





“Aiming to be a GOOD dad is important, but you know what, research actually shows that being a good ENOUGH parent is how you ace it,” said Maggie Dent. Known around Australia as the “Queen of Common Sense”, Dent shares her characteristic humour and simple strategies with dads from all walks of life.

Maggie Dent is a trusted voice – her podcast Parental As Anything has won gold at the Australian Podcast Awards, she regularly travels around Australia presenting to parents on resilience, anxiety and raising boys to men, she’s the author of nine books, the mother of four sons and grandma to seven grandkids.

Dent said: “I’ve wanted to do something for dads for a long time. I’ve watched my own sons become fathers, and there is just so little out there for dads. Seeing dads on telly and in ads being the bumbling fool - apart from in Bluey of course! - is frustrating. Dads are doing a great job…it’s time to celebrate our dads!”  

And celebrate dads is what The Good Enough Dad certainly does.


Throughout the 26-episode season, Dent chats with good mate and Triple M Sydney host Gus Worland about the man who shaped the father he is today, former NRL star Ben Hannant about how he parents eight kids, and the hilarious How to Dad NZ Instagram star Jordan Watson on how running from half-crazed sheep in the wilds of New Zealand helped him be the dad he is today. Musician John Butler, singer, actor and TV presenter David Campbell, acclaimed performer Stephen Page, footy legend Brad Kearns, father of twins and podcaster Sean Szeps, comedian and presenter Matt Okine, and TV presenter Tristan MacManus also talk to Dent about their fatherhood journey.


“This podcast will have listeners laughing, nodding in agreement, reliving their own experiences and groaning in understanding,” said Dent. “Being a dad is not easy. I hope listeners want to high five themselves or hug their own dad for all the incredible things he’s doing and done in their lives.”


The Good Enough Dad is on LiSTNR.

Source: *Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2 September 2016


For more information, please contact: Kath Rose on 0416 291 493 or email


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