Fatherhood

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Importance of Roughhousing With Your Kids [VIDEO]

by Brett

About a year ago, I wrote a post on why you should roughhouse with your kid. I thought it would make for a good video, so here it is. Watch and learn the six ways roughhousing makes your kids awesome as well as Gus McKay’s favorite roughhousing moves. (If you’re an email subscriber, watch the […]

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How Not to Become Your Absentee Father

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Andy Harrelson. In 1969, then governor of California, Ronald Reagan, signed into law the country’s first no-fault divorce bill. Many other states quickly followed his example. Whether his signing the bill was the cause of the skyrocketing divorce rates that were to come in the next decades […]

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How a Man Handles a Miscarriage

by Marcus Brotherton

Expect a rollercoaster ride. That’s all I can say. Climb into the car near the front of the rows, buckle your seatbelt, then grip the chrome handle in front of you. Clack. Clack. Clack. The car is nearing the top of the first high hill now. Get ready to raise your hands and scream. The […]

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How to Be Santa Claus (For Your Kids)

by Brett & Kate McKay

If your family celebrates Christmas, and you’re of the opinion that belief in Santa Claus constitutes one of the most magical parts of childhood rather than the Big Lie, you’ll annually have the privilege of taking on the role of old Kris Kringle. This is a big responsibility. For eight or so years of your kid’s […]

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Too Seldom Is Heard an Encouraging Word: Why and How to Offer More Compliments

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Idle words are characterless and die upon utterance. Evil words rankle for a while, make contentions, and then die. But the hopeful, kind, cheering word sinks into a man’s heart and goes on bearing fruit forever. How many beautiful written words—words in book and song and story—are still inspiring men and making the world fragrant […]

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The Art of Dadliness: How to Get Your Kids to Do Their Chores (And Why It’s So Important They Do Them)

by Brett & Kate McKay

Every dad wants his children to grow up to be responsible, contributing members of society. But before they head out on their own and make their mark on the world, our kids need to learn how to be responsible, contributing members of the family household. Household chores are training exercises for real life. Chores not […]

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10 Great Songs About Dads

by Brett & Kate McKay

The relationship between fathers and their children is one of the most important and influential of all human connections. Children want to be like their fathers, or their complete opposites. They can feel protected, smothered, or abandoned by their dads. Dads can wonder if they’re doing fatherhood right, struggle to express their love to their […]

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Listen Up! Part III: Crafting Good Questions and Responses

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tony Valdes. As this series on listening comes to a close (see part 1 and part 2), we should consider a few things in terms of the transition from listener to speaker.  When the time comes for the roles to shift, our responses to the messages of […]

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Listen Up! Part II: 15 Techniques to Improve Our Listening

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tony Valdes. Welcome back to our three-part series on becoming better listeners.  In the previous installment, we established that listening is a desirable ability to have as men.  But how can we practically begin to exercise this ability and develop it in ourselves?  There are active steps […]

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Listen Up! Part I: Learning the Manly Skill of Paying Attention

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tony Valdes. As part of earning my bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communications I elected to take SPC 3350, a college course titled “Listening,” taught by the forebodingly named Dr. Paine.  I’ll admit that I was skeptical when I sat down on the first day of class.  […]

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