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Manly Skills Series: How to be Manly

What qualities make a man… manly?  I spent quite a bit of time thinking about this question when I was a young adult.  At first I thought that at some point in the future I would just be manly, that it would just happen as I got older.  For a huge number of American men, this just doesn’t happen. It…

Don’t be a doofus dad

Manliness exists on a spectrum.  On one end are the Ron Swansons*: men who have a ton of useful, brawny skills that are under constant practice and development.  They chop their own firewood, build their own furniture, make their own coffee, manage their own finances, and other stereotypical manly things.  The key trait these folks have is that when they…

Manly Skills Series: How to be Rich

Everyone in the world can be rich.  You don’t even have to win the lottery or have millions of dollars saved up.  But before I tell you how to become rich, let’s first explore what being rich actually means. Imagine your own definition of rich.  Does it mean being able to buy whatever you want, whenever you want it?  Does…

Manly Skills Series: Intro to strength training

Weak men are not manly.  If you are weak, it is time for you to become strong.  The easiest way to do this is by lifting free weights.  I’m going to teach you how to strengthen every major part of your body in the simplest and most efficient way.  But before we talk about how to actually do the lifts,…

Get your baby to sleep through the night

Sleep…  sweet sweet sleep… it’s pretty rare with a newborn.  We’ve all heard horror stories of children not sleeping through the night until they are 2 or 3 years old.  Others wake up every hour to feed.  It’s enough to make mom and dad insane. There’s good news: this is not normal! If you follow the Baby Wise method, 97%…

7 manly things to do before your baby is born

Babies are made out to be complicated creatures by the baby products marketing complex.  Fortunately for you, babies are pretty simple and almost all of the marketing mumbo jumbo is bologna.  That said, there’s a few things you can do as a manly father to get the home ready for baby.  Since people like lists, here’s a list of 7…

Fighting your child’s battles will make him an adult failure

I am grateful for a battle my parents did not fight for me when I was in first grade.  When I was 7, I had to go to after-school care.  It was essentially daycare that went from when the school day ended until a parent got off work.  There was a red-headed boy in second grade (a year older than…

Weaken your child by giving them luxury products

Raising children to be strong physically and mentally is one of the best provisions you can offer as a parent.  Strength is sometimes hard to identify, but weakness sticks out like a fat man in a Speedo at a waterpark. Before having kids, my wife and I traveled around the world quite a bit.  On some portions of our trips,…

Your kids only need 2 skills to be successful

Everyone gets advice from their parents.  Unfortunately, not all of it is good advice.  Take, for example, the advice that baby boomers gave their kids for success in the adult world: go to college and get a degree. Eventually, this advice became woven into the fabric of our culture’s collective consciousness as undeniably true.   But is it?   College…

How much does a newborn cost?

What is the barebones financial cost of a newborn? Before having my son, I asked other parents, searched the internet, and tried to forecast the actual per month costs of raising a newborn.  In all of the research I had done, I couldn’t come up with the true cost.  Some folks said I should spend a certain percentage of my…