Heading Out on Your Own

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Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Life Skills in 31 Days — Series Wrap-Up

by Brett & Kate McKay

Happy September first! Yesterday we completed the series we ran every day last month: Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Basic Life Skills in 31 Days. The goal of the series was simple: to help young men heading out on their own for the first time learn some of the very basic life skills they […]

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Heading Out on Your Own: Day 31 — A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

by Brett & Kate McKay

As “Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Basic Life Skills in 31 Days” draws to a close today, we’d like to use the final post in the series to discuss a saying your grandfather was probably quite fond of: “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Your great-grandfather likely used that maxim too, […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 28: How to Jump Start a Car

by Brett & Kate McKay

For a text article on the subject, see here.

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 27: How to Shop for Groceries

by Brett & Kate McKay

This is the one post we didn’t originally have on the schedule for this series, but when we saw it listed several times when we asked for recommendations at the start, we decided to include it. I can definitely see why it was requested. There are many chores that parents have their children participate in […]

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Heading Out on Your Own: Day 26 — 15 Maxims for Being a Reliable Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

As we head into our last week of this “Heading Out on Your Own” series, I’d like to pause from our “harder,” more practical skills to talk about a character trait, that, like self-reliance, is both an important building block in your life’s foundation, and, unfortunately, too often in short supply amongst young men. Being […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 25: Establish an Exercise Routine

by Brett & Kate McKay

When I was in high school, I didn’t have to worry about creating and sticking to a fitness routine. I had football coaches who took care of that for me. I just had to show up at the weight room at the designated time with the rest of my teammates and do the scheduled workout. […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 24: How to Be a Savvy Consumer

by Brett & Kate McKay

We’ve talked before about how as men, we should strive to create more, and consume less. But less doesn’t mean nothing. Unless you’re Dick Proenneke, you’re going to spend most of your life as a consumer of goods and services like cars, clothes, healthcare, and even your education. Never in human history have there been […]

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Heading Out on Your Own: Day 22 — How to Make Small Talk

by Brett & Kate McKay

Are you already kind of dreading meeting your freshman dorm roommate for the first time, wondering what you’re going to say? When you spot an acquaintance in a store, do you hope they don’t see you, pretend you don’t see them, and try to covertly duck into another aisle? Does the idea of walking into […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 21: Know Your Way Around a Kitchen

by Brett & Kate McKay

If there remains a lingering sense among older generations of men that cooking is “women’s work,” I would think it is probably fading greatly among the younger set. True, for much of human history men did the hunting/farming and women did the cooking, and this arrangement continued to work well into the 20th century. Young […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 20: Maintaining Your Car

by Brett & Kate McKay

If you had access to a car while living at home, chances are your parents took care of its maintenance or offered reminders as to when to take it in for service. When you’re on your own, car maintenance becomes your responsibility. Yes, it can be expensive and time consuming, but the investment you make […]

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Heading Out on Your Own: Day 19 — Fix a Running Toilet

by Darren Bush

Fssssssshhhhh…. “Just jiggle the handle…” Have you heard that before?  Yep, that wonderful sound of a rogue toilet.  You lift the lid, poke things a little, and hope the pot fixes itself. My late father had many fine qualities, but aside from knowing which end of the hammer was for hitting, he was not a […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 18: Renting Your First Apartment

by Brett & Kate McKay

One of the first “adult” things you’ll likely do when you head out on your own is rent an apartment. The process can be a bit intimidating for a first time renter. Below we take you through the steps of finding an apartment, navigating the legalese of the lease agreement, as well as managing your rights as […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 17: Essential Etiquette for Young Men

by Brett & Kate McKay

“In whatever society, or in whatever part of the world, a gentleman may happen to be, he always complies externally with the spirit and usages of the place… A gentleman always possesses a certain self-respect—not indeed touching upon self-esteem, and far removed from self-conceit…Indeed a gentleman, in the highest signification of the term, is a […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 16: Create a Budget

by Brett & Kate McKay

In the classic clip above from The Cosby Show, Cliff Huxtable’s son Theo feels ready to live on his own, but his father humorously disabuses him of the notion by taking him through a hypothetical budget. Without a wise Bill Cosby to burst their bubble before leaving home, a lot of young men come to […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 15: How to Change a Flat Tire

by Brett & Kate McKay

Maybe you have roadside assistance, maybe you don’t. Either way, every young man should know how to change a flat tire himself. You never know if you, a loved one, or even a stranger, is going to need the help.

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 14: Establish a Simple Cleaning Routine and Stick to It

by Brett & Kate McKay

During my first semester of college, I roomed with my good friend from high school in a dorm at the University of Oklahoma. We were pretty much like The Odd Couple, with me playing the part of the slobby Oscar Madison and my friend taking on the role of neat freak Felix Ungar, minus the annoying neuroticism. You […]

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Heading Out on Your Own: Day 13 — Know How to Network

by Antonio

Young men will often start to focus on networking only when they are looking for a job. Perhaps after graduation, or with the loss of a previous job. This is the wrong way to think of networking – and the reason why so many people think of it in a negative light. True networking is […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 12: What to Do If You Get in a Car Accident

by Brett & Kate McKay

Getting in a car accident is no fun. I can still remember my first (and only!) accident. It happened just a few weeks after I turned 16. Rear-ended a guy. My small, but noble Isuzu Hombre was no match for the other guy’s giant Ford F-150. The front end of my comparatively small pick-up was swallowed underneath […]

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Heading Out on Your Own — Day 11: Understand Credit

by Brett & Kate McKay

Credit. When it comes to understanding personal finance, this component looms large. For some it is a dirty word, to be avoided at all costs. For others, it is an intoxicating license, an opportunity to reach for a lifestyle well beyond their means. In truth, credit can be extremely helpful or harmful depending on how […]

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