Relationships & Family

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How to Plan a Funeral

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Image source Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Nick Welch, a pastor who has worked in a funeral home doing removals (picking up the deceased from the place of death), assisting in embalming, preparing the deceased for burial & cremation, as well as meeting with families to make final arrangements for their loved […]

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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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The Perfect Valentine’s Day Menu: The Have Her Over for Dinner Cookbook Giveaway

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Image from Ellynkocher Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matt Moore, author of Have Her Over for Dinner. See below for details on how to win a signed copy of Matt’s cookbook. Share Amber Jones, 6th Grade, and Valentine’s Day. I can remember it like it was just yesterday. You see, up to […]

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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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Road Map to the Perfect First Date

by Brett & Kate McKay

So, you’ve decided to stop hanging out with women and start dating them? Bully for you! Now you must take on that ever-intimidating first date.  While a first date can be a road fraught with obstacles and snafus, when you have the proper guide, you can make it go off without a hitch. To help […]

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Take Back the Kitchen: 3 Great Meals to Impress a Date

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Matt Moore, author of the cookbook: Have Her Over for Dinner. Share Ever since man created fire, we have been searching for new and better ways to prepare food. With regards to culinary evolution, our society has come quite a long way since the early days of […]

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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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Overcoming the Barriers to Mentorship: The Retribing Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay

Source: Life Editor’s note: This is a guest post by A.J Rippo. Mr. Rippo is the author of Retribing. For a chance to win his book, see the details below. Accomplished men are often heard attributing their success in part to the impact of mentors on their lives, and much has been written about 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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Guide to Being a Great Godfather

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from JOnny_t For many people, hearing the word “godfather” brings up images of Italian mob bosses calling in hits on rival mob families or snitches within their own ranks. But there’s actually more to being il padrino than granting favors and running a criminal organization. The reality is that taking on the role of […]

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Loss, Grief, and Manliness: What Every Man Should Know about Losing a Loved One

by Brett & Kate McKay

Source: Life Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Brian Burnham. Mr. Burhham holds a Masters of Education in Counseling from the College of William and Mary and is an In-Home Therapist for the Hampton-Newport News CSB. In the beginning of February 2009, I was just entering my last semester in my Masters program […]

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Command a Room Like a Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

Source: Life We’ve probably all seen those men who can enter any room and instantly command it. I’m not talking about the loud and boisterous dolt who makes a scene with obnoxious alpha-male jackassery. I’m talking about the man who exudes a silent magnetic charisma that electrifies the entire room just by his presence. People […]

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Meet the Parents

by Brett & Kate McKay

Meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time is a big step in a relationship. You’re taking it up a notch from casual dating;  you’re saying that you’re ready to start to solidifying your couplehood by placing yourself inside of her social and familial circle and allowing them to put a face to the name. […]

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DIY Marriage Counseling

by Brett & Kate McKay

When marriages start going sour, couples are often urged to go see a therapist or to attend a workshop or seminar to help smooth out their difficulties. But these options are often quite expensive and outside a couple’s budget. If there’s already tension in your marriage, it’s probably not a wise idea to add financial […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Buying the Perfect Engagement Ring

by Brett & Kate McKay

Find the girl who is the “one.” Check.   Ask her father for her hand in marriage. Check.  Plan the perfect proposal. Check. Buy engagement ring. Hmmmm…..  Buying an engagement ring can be an overwhelming task. There’s a lot of pressure on this purchase. It’s a symbol of your love for your girlfriend, and it’s […]

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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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