What kids heading back to school need most from dads

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“Back to school” has been blaring at us from every media outlet. Ready or not, it’s here. We attempt to lay aside, at least mentally, the sand buckets and surf boards of summer and focus on pencils, notebooks, backpacks and whether jeans this year should be boot cut or skinny leg. Or maybe we leave [Read More...]

Rant of the Day—Make Boys Tough

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Exceptionalism and rugged-individualism helped make America the greatest country that has ever existed. Those traits are frowned upon or at least considered politically incorrect today. Multiculturalism tells us that no one culture is better than another. Yet one only has to look at the many civilizations (a word loosely used) around the world that have [Read More...]

Pick the Pain You’d Rather Have–You’ve Gotta Choose One

3. Jan 18 Discipline

  A despised word nowadays is discipline. Yet that’s a word that needs to live. Its fuller definition involves much more than putting a child in a timeout or sending a teen to the principal’s office. Discipline, in its truest form, is an activity that improves a skill. Success in business requires discipline. A gold [Read More...]

The Incredible Power of Sacrifice

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  As a prisoner of the Imperial Japanese Army in the jungles of Thailand during WWII, Ernest Gordon, a commander in a Scottish infantry battalion, saw firsthand the depths of depravity that can happen when man sinks to his lowest. At age 24, Gordon was captured while escaping from Sumatra after the fall of Singapore. [Read More...]

Are You TOO Nice?

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  Years ago I worked alongside a difficult co-worker. This young man seldom had anything good to say to anybody. He was affable when he wanted to be. But he often interacted with people using sarcasm or putdowns. His favorite salutation, one used co-workers and even sometimes customers, was, “How’s Dummy today?” For the first [Read More...]

How to Be a Man of Awe

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  “Dad,” said my 9-year-old daughter, Addy. “Some kid in the park asked me if you’re a celebrity. Are you?” “What did you say?” I asked, curious about how she answered the question. “That you sign autographs, speak all over the place, and write all those boring books for grownups. So I guess that makes [Read More...]

What Does a Man Look Like?

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Last week we talked about young men thinking that they didn’t feel like men.  My advice to them was if they wanted to feel like a man they had to act like a man.  And the natural question that follows is, “What does a man act like?”  The following touches on just one example of [Read More...]

Whatever Happened to Hank Hill Masculinity? Part 1

Hank Hill

While most TV sit-coms make fun of men or make them look like bumbling idiots (i.e. – The Simpsons, Family Guy, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, etc.), the long running animated television show King of the Hill was slightly different. The show revolved around Hank Hill, a middle-class, red-necked, middle-aged white guy [Read More...]


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