Fatherhood

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6 Lessons I Learned About Being a Man from Growing Up Fatherless

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: Today we finish up our run of father-themed posts with an article from a different perspective. While having an awesome dad can help you become an awesome man, growing up fatherless can also motivate you to become better than your dad was. Andrew Galasetti used his less then perfect childhood as a springboard […]

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Anger Mismanagement

by Brett

Editor’s note: Father’s Day is this weekend and you may have noticed that here on AoM we’ve been running some father-themed posts. We have a couple more for you, including today’s essay by Joel Schwartzberg. Mr. Schwartzberg is an award-winning essayist whose new book is “The 40-Year-Old Version: Humoirs of a Divorced Dad.” This essay […]

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11 Best Father/Son Activities

by Brett & Kate McKay

We all know about the importance of fathers spending time with their sons. The relationship a boy has with his father greatly shapes the man he will become in the future. You can help mold your boy into a man you’ll be proud of by taking him on special father/son activities. These kinds of activities […]

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What I’ve Learned Raising a Daughter (Thus Far)

by schaefer

I’m not going to lie, when I first heard that we were having a girl, a small tinge of disappointment hit me; I’d really been hoping for a boy.  I know, turn me in for the jerk-of-the-year award.  It wasn’t that I didn’t want a girl, it was just that I didn’t know how I […]

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The Art of Letter Writing

by Brett & Kate McKay

In the days of cell phones, email, and text messages, letter writing can seem hopelessly outdated. But it’s an art worth bringing back, and not because of some misplaced sense of nostalgia either. The writing and reception of letters will always offer an experience that modern technology cannot touch. Twitter is effective for broadcasting what […]

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8 Tools That Will Change Your Life: The Hold On to Your N.U.T.s Book Giveaway

by Brett

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Wayne M Levine, M.A., Director of BetterMen.org and The West Coast Men’s Center If you’re tired of coming up short as a man, father, husband or leader, these eight BetterMen Tools will help you to change your relationships and your life. The fixes may not happen overnight. […]

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The Unclassified Laws of Etiquette

by Brett & Kate McKay

When Kate and I were in Vermont last summer, we stumbled upon a book called Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms. It was published in 1880. The book is a hodge podge of information that would be useful to a man of business back in the late 19th Century. There are sections dedicated to […]

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Clip the Tip? Point/Counterpoint on Male Circumcision

by Brett

Whether or not to circumcise your newborn son is probably the very first big decision you’ll make for him. Several decades ago, the choice would have been easy; in the 1970′s, around 90% of American-born males were circumcised. Today that number has fallen to around 60%, and the practice is markedly less popular in many […]

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Balancing Work and Family

by Brett

Back in your grandpa’s time, a man was just expected to bring home the bacon and was excused from being too hands on in the child rearing department. Today’s man is expected not only to be a provider, but also a highly involved parent. These two demands can burn out even the strongest of men. […]

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Teaching My Son to Be a Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from mattbellphoto Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Sean Platt at Writer Dad. Check out his site! Whenever I’m watching a movie that harkens back to a sepia tinted yesteryear, it isn’t the simpler times I long for so much as a return to the distant days when a man rose alongside […]

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5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Pass Along to Your Son

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Mike Koehler. Your family is gathered around the table, on its best behavior and ready to dig in to a great meal. And there sits your son at the kids table or stuck between his aunt and uncle wondering what Thanksgiving means to him besides turkey leftovers […]

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The Awesome Dad Cheat Sheet: 18 Fatherhood Tips They Should’ve Handed Out at the Delivery Room

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Photo by free parking Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, a father of six children. Being a father can be a wonderful thing, once you get past all the gross stuff, all the stressful events, the loss of privacy, and the bewildering numbers of ways you can screw […]

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Is Being A Stay-At-Home Dad Manly?

by Brett & Kate McKay

Each Thursday we ask whether you think a certain object or subject is manly. Make sure to check out past Is it manly? polls. Now for this week’s question: Is being a stay-at-home dad manly? Vote. Discuss. n n {democracy:16}

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A Brief History of Father’s Day

by Brett & Kate McKay

Photo by McPhedran Father’s Day is coming up, so in honor of dear old dad, the Art of Manliness is presenting a series of father-themed posts. Today we look into the history of Father’s Day. Sadly, retailers and marketers, in an effort to make a quick buck, have bastardized the original meaning of Father’s Day. […]

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Quit Coddling Your Kids

by Brett & Kate McKay

I look around at young people these days, and I honestly fear for the future of my country. People are becoming less and less resilient and more and more clueless on how to survive in the real world. We live in a society of namby pamby men and women who whine when they don’t get […]

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