Marriage

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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: 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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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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How to Communicate Your Needs in a Relationship

by Brett & Kate McKay

As we’ve discussed before, many men these days have trouble being assertive. One of the things these “Nice Guys” struggle with is communicating their needs to others. Because they shy away from conflict, and don’t want to trouble or inconvenience others, they constantly let other people’s needs supersede their own, and they find it difficult […]

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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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The Least Expensive & Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift Ever: DIY Penny Charm Bracelet

by Brett

PSA: Valentine’s Day is next week. Are you looking for a thoughtful gift idea for the occasion that goes beyond the usual chocolates, flowers, and plush teddy bear holding a satin heart, but don’t want to plunk down a 15-carat wad of cash? Well, I’ve got you covered. Today I’ll share  how to make one of the […]

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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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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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Beware The Tit for Tat Trap

by Brett & Kate McKay

As we talked about in a previous post, Kate and I have what might be termed a “Marriage Master Mind.” We share everything just about equally—the blog, parenting, household chores, and so on. We get along really well, especially for people who spend practically 24/7 together and have to balance issues involving both work and […]

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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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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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A Resolution for Romance: The 52 Loves Notes Challenge

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Joshua Gordon. One of the marks of being a great man is the ability to love the same woman for over 50 years. That’s manly–hands down. It’s something that the airbrushed elite of our day can’t seem to figure out. It’s something that many in my generation […]

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10 Great Fall Date Ideas

by Brett & Kate McKay

The spring has always been associated with romance–the blossoming flowers supposedly mirroring the spate of budding new loves. But in my opinion, the holidays and the fall are the most romantic times of year. Maybe it’s because the fall is my favorite season, maybe it’s because I love donning sweaters again and all things pumpkin-spiced […]

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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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Romantic Love Can Last

by Brett & Kate McKay

Love. Whether in the form of poems, moony songs, philosophical treatises, romantic notes, or angry letters, no aspect of human life has had quite so much ink spilled over it. It has since time immemorial been a driving force of life, and for just as long remained utterly mysterious, an experience that could be mused […]

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10 Cheap Date Ideas She’ll Actually Love

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joe Weber of Dappered.com. “’Cause I don’t care too… much for money, money can’t buy me love“ – The Beatles If you’ve decided to take on the challenge of dating women instead of simply hanging out with them, there’s both good news and bad news. The bad […]

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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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