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Portland, OR
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I exist to help dads learn to communicate and engage with their young adult daughters.  I provide resources from my vast amounts of research and experience with dads and daughters, and this is the place where you'll find the tools you need to become the hero you've always wanted to be.

The Dad Whisperer Podcast

It’s my joy and honor to equip dads with practical tools to better dial into their daughters’ hearts.


With 20 years of experience as a licensed professional counselor and over 35 years working directly with teens and young adult women; Dr. Michelle Watson brings practical wisdom to dads with daughters of all ages.

Healing Father Wounds (Interview with Dr. Margaret Nagib)

Michelle Watson

Today I have a guest joining me whose deep wisdom is sure to increase your awareness as she speaks to the depths inside each of us. Psychologist Dr. Margaret Nagib shares about a subject that is often hard to talk about: FATHER WOUNDS. Think of this as getting therapy for free and we invite you to join us for this deeply important conversation.


It’s Never Too Late To Turn Things Around (Interview with Bill Dolan)

Michelle Watson

There is phenomenal power in a dad’s presence in the life of his kids. If anyone knows about this first hand, it’s my friend, Bill Dolan, of Spirit Media. As an author and Emmy-nominated producer and director, his priorities were dramatically rearranged after a death experience that put all of his relationships into perspective. Join us today on The Dad Whisperer as Bill shares his incredible story.

10 Things Dialed in Dads of Daughters Don't Do

Michelle Watson

Dad, as a way to support your desire to connect with your daughter’s heart, I will highlight 10 “landmines” to avoid if you want to raise a healthy, vibrant, loving, and spirited daughter. Join me today on The Dad Whisperer to learn 10 things dialed-in dads don’t do!

How to Help Build Your Daughter’s Self Esteem

Michelle Watson

Most men tell me they like to BUILD—-whether it was with Legos as a kid or even now as adults when building shelves in their garage or a back deck—-all with a hammer in hand. For others it’s been what they’ve done with their portfolio. With that in mind, today I’m linking a dad’s love for BUILDING with practical ways he can do exactly that with his daughter’s self esteem!

Growing Up in My Father's Absence: Taylor's Story

Michelle Watson

As we all know, the impact to a daughter’s life when she loses her dad are immense. Today Taylor Smith is joining me to talk about what it’s been like for her to grow up in her father’s absence after he died during her senior year of high school. This conversation is raw and real and one that will touch your heart while giving HOPE that there is LIFE after LOSS.

How to Help Your Daughter Find Her Voice

Michelle Watson

I’ve heard it said that a girl’s voice may be "the most valuable and most threatened resource she has.” (Thank you Joe Kelly, for this powerful quote!). If you’re a dad who wants to help his daughter find and use her voice, listen today as I open up the conversation around this theme and give you a 7-day challenge to equip you to make it happen!

Principles of an Eternal-Minded Sports Dad (Interview with Mike Self)

Michelle Watson

Pastor Mike Self joins me again today to share “8 Principles of Eternal Prize-Minded Sports Dads." You’ll love hearing from this father since he’s an athlete himself, a coach, and is very involved in his kid's sports—which means that he gets this from the inside. I’ve never heard someone talk before about being a sports dad from this vantage point, which is why this is an interview you won’t want to miss!

A Daughter's Body Image and How a Dad Can Help-Not Hinder

Michelle Watson

Hey Dad…Did you know the research confirms that daughters who FEEL CONNECTED to their dads have healthier weights and less body dissatisfaction? That is why today on The Dad Whisperer, I want to talk to you about how you can help, not hinder, your daughter when it comes to promoting a positive BODY IMAGE and SELF IMAGE. Join me today to learn some key ways to lead your daughter in this area

Fathering a Daughter with Unique Needs (Interview with Amy Roloff)

Michelle Watson

With the new book release of ‘A Little Me’ by my friend Amy Roloff (Little People, Big World), I’m so excited to talk with her about her relationship with her dad on The Dad Whisperer. You’ll love hearing how her dad spoke into her life as a little girl to let her know that “God doesn’t make mistakes and you are what you’re supposed to be—a dwarf, a little person—He loves you, and your mom and dad love you very much!” Join us today to hear more of her story.

Keys for Securely Attaching to Your Daughter (Interview with Dr. Tim Clinton)

Michelle Watson

Today on The Dad Whisperer we have the privilege of hearing from Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, as he shares powerful truths regarding the way that secure attachment between a dad and his daughter builds a strong foundation in her life. His insights will lead you as fathers to better understand yourselves, which in turn can help you bond in deeper ways with your daughters.

I Don't Speak Car-Bridging the Dad-Daughter Communication Gap (Interview with Lauree Austin)

Michelle Watson

Today on The Dad Whisperer I’ve titled the show, “I Don’t Speak Car,” where I’ll be sharing some communication challenges I’ve had with men while inviting you as dads to look at similar dynamics you have with your daughters. And for an extra special treat, my friend Lauree Austin will be opening up about similar experiences she’s had to mine. It’s going to be a fun show and we’d love you to join us! 🚗🚕🚙

Dad, Here are Your Lines

Michelle Watson

Since men read lines and women read BETWEEN lines, it stands to reason that daughters are constantly reading between the lines in their interactions (or lack of) with their dads. Today on The Dad Whisperer I’ll be giving you dads some “insider Venusian trade secrets” that are clearly stated…on the lines!

Five Steps To Diffusing Emotional Blow-Ups With Your Daughter (Interview with Marc Alan Schelske)

Michelle Watson

Hey Dads…Are you in a season where your daughter's emotional intensity levels have you lost without a road map for navigating the rocky terrain? If so, you’re going LOVE hearing today from my wise friend, Marc Schelske, who is a dad himself and lives out the things he teaches. We’d love you to join us as Marc shares FIVE STEPS TO DIFFUSING EMOTIONAL BLOW-UPS WITH YOUR DAUGHTER!


Drop the Anger

Michelle Watson

Think back to when you were a child and your dad got angry with you. Depending on the intensity of his anger, you were either SHAMED or SHAPED. Today I'm shedding light on the importance of a dad dropping his anger--while providing practical ways to reach that goal--in order to touch the heart of his daughter--and son.

Joining Your Daughter to Believe God for a Breakthrough (Interview with Jason Noble)

Michelle Watson

Hey everyone…you’re in for a BIG treat today because my great friend, @jason.noble is joining me on The Dad Whisperer to speak to dads about how to join your daughters in believing God for a breakthrough. Jason is the pastor who is portrayed by Topher Grace in the upcoming movie BREAKTHROUGH🎥 that will be released ‪on April 17th‬ AND he’s the author of the newly released book, BREAKTHROUGH TO YOUR MIRACLE📘(which I had the privilege of endorsing!). This is a conversation that will definitely inspire you!