Fatherhood

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Look ‘Em in the Eye: Part II – How to Make Eye Contact the Right Way in Life, Business, and Love

by Brett & Kate McKay

In our first post in this two-part series on eye contact, we discussed the importance of eye contact and some of the reasons we don’t always feel comfortable looking someone in the eye. But just because eye contact is a great thing and a vital tool for improving the quality of all your face-to-face interactions […]

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The Importance of Roughhousing With Your Kids

by Brett & Kate McKay

Roughhousing. Horseplay. Wrastling. Whatever you call it, it’s one of the best things about being a dad. I love chasing my one-year-old son, Gus, around the house or pretending that the living room is a lucha libre ring and wrestling with him. No matter how stressed out I’m feeling, hearing one of his big, belly […]

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Look ‘Em in the Eye: Part I – The Importance of Eye Contact

by Brett & Kate McKay

How often have you talked with another guy who never looked you in the eye during the entire length of the conversation? Or perhaps he did meet your gaze a few times, but then his eyes shifted back to his shoes or to some point off in the distance. I’d like to say that the […]

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Kids Need Room to Roam: Tips on Taking Your Little Ones Camping

by Darren Bush

This post is part of a series brought to you by RAM. For more information about RAM Series trucks visit us at: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/guts_and_glory/. What’s this?“When is the best time to start taking kids on outdoor excursions?” My answer is always the same: on the way home from the birthing center. We owe it to our kids…heck, we owe it to all kids to get them outside. Here’s some tips on taking your kids camping.

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A Man’s Guide to Pregnancy: Your Progeny Enters the World

by Brett & Kate McKay

You’ve taken care of your wife during the last nine months. And you’ve made preparations for the baby’s arrival. And now the moment has arrived at long last: it’s time to bring your progeny into the world.  Are you ready? ___________ For most of human history, the delivery of a baby was an activity strictly […]

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A Man’s Guide to Pregnancy: Getting Ready for the Baby Bomb

by Brett & Kate McKay

A baby will drop into your life like a bomb released from a B-52. All you can do is batten down the hatches and prepare for his or her arrival the best you can. Here are a few ways to get ready for the arrival of the stork, and by stork I mean baby grenade […]

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12 Best Movies About Fatherhood

by Brett & Kate McKay

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Father-themed flicks are guaranteed to make us laugh, get misty-eyed, and feel a little introspective about our own dads, and if we have kids ourselves, how we measure up as fathers. Here are 12 of the best.

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A Man’s Guide to Pregnancy: How to Deliver a Baby in a Pinch

by Brett & Kate McKay

As you count down to the arrival of your progeny, you may read some books on pregnancy or go to a childbirth class with your wife, and feel like you can picture in your head how the whole thing is going to transpire: your wife laboring in a hospital bed (or at home for you […]

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The Art of Conversation: How to Avoid Conversational Narcissism

by Brett & Kate McKay

Last month I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in forever to have lunch. Having both read and written about how to be an effective and charismatic conversationalist, I followed the old dictum of listening more than talking and asking the other person engaging questions about themselves. This is supposed to charm […]

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5 Lessons Rugby Taught Me About Fatherhood

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Andrew Wyns. Mr. Wyns is the Executive Director of Bridges of Greater New York, a transitional housing program for men struggling with addiction and being released from prison. The sport of rugby finds its roots in soccer. According to legend, in 1823 an English school boy caught […]

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The Art of Conversation

by Brett & Kate McKay

I think we’ve all encountered men who have a knack for good conversation. They can talk to anybody about anything in a laid-back, casual manner that sets people immediately at ease.  A complete stranger can walk away from these conversational maestros feeling like he’s known known them for years. It’s easy to think that the […]

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How to Firmly Say No Without Coming Off Like a Jerk

by Brett & Kate McKay

We’ve talked a lot about the Nice Guy Syndrome here on AoM. You know the guy. Big time people pleaser, always puts others before himself, lets people walk all over him. Heck, maybe you’re that guy. These so-called Nice Guys might appear happy on the outside, but on the inside they’re feeling burnt out, resentful, […]

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Our Disembodied Selves and the Decline of Empathy

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Fellow-feeling. . .is the most important factor in producing a healthy political and social life. Neither our national nor our local civic life can be what it should be unless it is marked by the fellow-feeling, the mutual kindness, the mutual respect, the sense of common duties and common interests, which arise when men take […]

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Building Your Resiliency: Part VII – Building Your Children’s Resiliency

by Brett & Kate McKay

This is the final part in a series designed to help you boost your resiliency. For the previous entries, see Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, and Part VI. If you’ve been following along with our resiliency series, you probably know by now that it’s much easier to read and understand […]

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Three Moments Every Father Dreads (and How to Cope)

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Curtis Silver. As a parent, there is much to enjoy about that role in your life. There are so many wonderful moments you have with your children over their lifespan that are impossible to properly track and catalogue. Some stand out above the rest-their first words, learning […]

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My Daughter Does Push-Ups

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Curtis Silver. We all get caught in the conversations that start with “My kid can…” or “My kid did…” and end with some sort of typical childlike behavior that the parent finds exceptionally cute. Normally, these are first time parents that are simply amazed that the little […]

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How to Play Paper Football

by Brett & Kate McKay

Comic from Married to the Sea. Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jason Mills. If your boys are already bored with their Christmas toys and are getting restless on their holiday break, take some time to play a game of paper football with them. They’ll have so much fun you’ll wonder why you […]

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Being the Rock

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from Discordiacorner While much in the way of traditional gender roles has shifted in modern times, most women I know still want a man who can be the rock in the relationship. But just what does being the rock entail? I asked this question in the Community, and this is what a few of the […]

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How to Apologize Like a Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

Source: Life “I’m sorry.” Two simple words and yet two of the hardest to say. We easily utter them in response to trivial matters like accidentally jostling a stranger on the subway or giving the cashier the wrong change. Yet in important matters and to those who mean the most to us, we can find […]

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