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Creating a Positive Family Culture: How to Get the Most Out of Family Dinners

by Brett & Kate McKay

In his farewell address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan declared, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So tomorrow night in the kitchen, I hope the talking begins.” Reagan was a great champion of the power of family dinners, but a commitment to this tradition crosses partisan lines. President Obama has […]

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10 Ways to Help a Grieving Friend

by Brett and Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Keys to Happiness, an anthology of articles published in 1954. “How to Help Someone in Sorrow” By Howard Whitman Most of us want to be helpful when grief strikes a friend, but often we don’t know how. We may end up doing nothing because we don’t know […]

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Creating a Positive Family Culture: How to Plan and Lead a Weekly Family Meeting

by Brett & Kate McKay

Does your family life seem chaotic? Are you worried that your children aren’t learning and incorporating the values that are important to you and your wife? Do you feel like your family is just a bunch of strangers who happen to live in the same house and share the same last name? Well today we’re […]

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May I See You Home? 19th Century Calling Cards Guaranteed to Score You a Date

by Brett and Kate McKay

In the 19th century, gentlemen used calling cards to formally introduce themselves to new acquaintances and to call upon friends and relatives in a dignified way. But there was another type of card used when a gentleman wanted to get the ball rolling with a lovely lady in a more casual way: the acquaintance card. […]

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Always Treat Your Girlfriend Right: A WWII Case Study

by Marcus Brotherton

Sid Phillips, age 18, and his company of Marines had been living on maggot-filled rice for months. Enemy soldiers had destroyed supply lines at the start of the Guadalcanal campaign. Back then Sid had stood 5 foot 10 inches tall and weighed 175 pounds. Toward the end of the campaign in December 1942, Sid weighed […]

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New Dad Survival Guide: The Mindset

by Brett

Yesterday we talked about the “skillset” needed by new dads. Things like changing a diaper and burping a baby will come pretty easily with practice. Keeping a positive mindset is harder, and much more important. Here are my suggestions for maintaining a healthy perspective and preserving your sanity after a baby bomb drops from the […]

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New Dad Survival Guide: The Skillset

by Brett

When my daughter Scout recently passed the 3-months-old mark, I found myself reflecting on how smoothly adding her into the family has gone. Every newborn brings a certain degree of chaos into your life, but throwing baby #2 into the mix has been surprisingly chill. But oh, ho, ho, was baby #1 a whole different […]

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What Can a Man Learn from His Grandparents?

by Marcus Brotherton

This holiday season my aunt Ruth is putting together a book of remembrances about her parents, Bob and Hazel Lynes, my maternal grandparents, and asked for stories. I was fortunate to have admirable grandparents. Thinking back through the years proved a valuable exercise for me, and I encourage you to do the same with your […]

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Bringing Your Girlfriend Home: Tips for a Smooth Introduction

by Brett & Kate McKay

You’ve already met her parents. Now it’s time for her to meet yours. When you met her folks for the first time, your biggest concern was making a good first impression. Now that the roles are reversed, your focus should be on helping her make a good impression. If she’s a keeper, she’ll probably care […]

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How to Be a Good Neighbor: 9 Old Fashioned Tips for Getting to Know the Folks Next Door

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by John Corcoran. A new family moved in next door to me a few weeks ago, but to my 3-year-old son, you would have thought it was the circus that arrived, elephants and all, with how excited he was. The reality was much more mundane. Moving in were […]

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Figuring Out How Many Children to Have

by Marcus Brotherton

A hairy old hippie of a photojournalist from a rival newspaper once gave me a powerful piece of family planning advice. It was spring 2003, I was working as a reporter, and my wife had just given birth to our first child. After five days at home I returned to the newsroom where my assignment […]

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60+ Family Tradition Ideas

by Brett & Kate McKay

Last week we published an article that discussed why and how to establish family traditions. Traditions offer numerous benefits: they strengthen your family’s bonds, enrich the life you share together, contribute to your children’s well-being, and create lasting memories. For this reason, they form one of the three pillars of family culture. Today we offer […]

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Creating a Positive Family Culture: The Importance of Establishing Family Traditions

by Brett & Kate McKay

Here’s a bit of trivia about me: My great-great-grandmother on my dad’s side was a full-blooded Mexicana. For whatever reason, this trace of Mexican blood manifested itself quite strongly in me – more so than in my other family members – and I credit my swarthy skin, thick black mane, and Pancho Villa-like mustache to […]

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5 Types of Friends Every Man Needs

by Jeremy Anderberg


This post is brought to you by State Farm. For more help, visit State Farm Nation. What’s this? Do you have these five types of friends in your life?

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Creating a Positive Family Culture: How and Why to Create a Family Mission Statement

by Brett & Kate McKay

Getting married and having kids are some of the biggest events in our lives. And yet we largely slide into these significant turning points. Sure, there is a big event accompanying them – the wedding, the birth – but what’s surprising is how quickly the novel and disruptive becomes the ordinary and everyday. Even though […]

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The Brad Pitt Rule [VIDEO]

by Brett & Kate McKay

One of our first and most popular posts on the site was “The Brad Pitt Rule.” It’s a little heuristic to use to know whether or not you should pursue a woman if she says no to a date. We figured it was about time to turn it into a video. Be sure to subscribe […]

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Fathering With Intentionality: The Importance of Creating a Family Culture

by Brett & Kate McKay

Have you ever met one of those families that just seem to have it all together? Maybe you knew such a family growing up and loved hanging out over at their house – there was such a great atmosphere there that you kind of felt like you were coming home whenever you stopped over. The […]

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How to Make a Great First Impression with Your Place

by Jeremy Anderberg

It’s date night. You and a gal have been out a few times and tonight you’ve invited her over your place for the first time for a dinner you’re whipping up yourself. The chicken’s in the oven, you look dapper, and you’ve applied a manly aftershave. When you hear her knock, you open the door […]

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How Delaying Intimacy Can Benefit Your Relationship

by Brett & Kate McKay

When is the right time to start having sex in a relationship? Not until marriage? A couple months in? The “standard” three dates? Sometimes even on the first date? There are as many opinions on this question as there are men in this world, and each will often vigorously defend his position. The guy who […]

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