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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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A Young Man’s Guide to Prom

by Brett & Kate McKay

It’s prom season here in the United States. Millions of high school students will be taking part in this springtime ritual that got its start in the 1890s in the Northeast. Since then, every April young people have been donning tuxedos and dresses to eat, dance, and have a good time. Some of my best […]

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Dating Advice from 1944: How to Pick Your Right Girl

by Brett & Kate McKay

In one of the old men’s magazines I have in my collection, I spotted an ad for a book called How to Get Along with Girls. Curious on what sort of dating advice was dispensed in 1944 when the book was published, I wanted to get my hands on it.  The ad said all I needed to […]

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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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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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Manly Rules for Naming Man’s Best Friend

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jon Finkel. Presidents are notorious for giving their dogs politically correct names (See: Bill Clinton re: Buddy or Gerald Ford re: Liberty). Lyndon Johnson even had a pair of beagles he simply named Him and Her. But our manliest president, Teddy Roosevelt, would have none of that. […]

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How a Man Can Grieve for a Deceased Friend

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Marcus Brotherton.  How unexpected—and yet not—this late night phone call from Shannon, the wife of my close friend Paul. “Come to the hospital,” Shannon said. “Come say goodbye to your friend.” Paul had already beaten cancer. He had gone through five rounds of chemo. After his hair […]

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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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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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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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12 Best Movies About Fatherhood

by Brett & Kate McKay

This post is brought to you by Char-Broil. Visit Charbroil.com to find more about their Infrared line of Char-Broil Grills. What’s this?
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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The Ins and Outs of Opening a Door for a Woman

by Brett & Kate McKay

Readers email us surprisingly often with questions about opening doors for women. AoM readers are interested in being gentlemen and obviously understand the basics of this traditional act of chivalry: when you get to a door before a lady, you should open it for her. But they wonder about scenarios where the set-up isn’t as […]

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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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