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Top 10 Movies with Adolescent Boy Heroes

Why are “coming of age” movies with adolescent boy heroes such a popular genre? Let’s face it, most adult men have some degree of teenage boy still pulsing through their veins.  Looking back, middle school was one of the most intense times of our lives. We were drinking from the fire hose of life and […]

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3 Unexpected Gifts of Fatherhood

Three Unexpected Gifts of Fatherhood Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you is understating it.” ―Mike Myers The past few months have produced a lot of time for personal reflection. First, COVID-19 kept us isolated us in our homes. Then, the horrific death of George Floyd brought racial […]

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Unmasking the Alpha

Unmasking the Alpha “Michael Jordan was the alpha, alpha. Period.” — Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavs As a basketball fanatic, I was captivated by the recent ESPN docuseries The Last Dance which chronicles the final season of the ultimate G.O.A.T. — Michael Jordan. The one word that kept coming up over and over again to describe Jordan […]

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Mother’s Day – All Summer Long

“All Summer Long” “It was 1989, my thoughts were short my hair was long. Caught somewhere between a boy and man …” – From “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock The “somewhere between” is one of the most turbulent times a mother will ever face with her teenage son. Moms and sons share a special bond. […]

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Top Father’s Day Gift for 2018

It was 3am on a hot summer night and I just couldn’t sleep. I tried to relax my mind and slip into dreamland, but I just couldn’t get it together. Vivid memories were colliding with anxiety and I was flooded with emotion. We had a big day coming up and a long drive ahead of […]

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Craigslist Rent-A-Dad

Check out the fascinating advertisement that popped up on Craigslist recently from a group of guys searching for a “BBQ Dad” to handle the grill at their outdoor party. My sixteen year old son shared it with me and thought it was hilarious. While it’s written in a sarcastic and even mocking tone, it speaks […]

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Top Father’s Day Present of 2014

Top 25 ManQuest Father Tips  There’s an “Ultimate List of 45 Man Tips” floating around on the internet that I found quite interesting and amusing.  Most of the words of fatherly advice were practical pieces of information to help a son succeed in life, such as “buy a plunger before you need a plunger” and […]

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Saying Goodbye to Bedtime Kisses

A familiar scene plays itself out in households across the world every evening around bedtime. As teenage boys are getting ready to sack out for the night they do their best to sneak by mom to avoid giving her a kiss goodnight.  What was once a warm and tender show of affection between mother and […]

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Cold Doesn’t Bother Me Anyway

Since when did it become fashionable for teenage boys to stop wearing a coat in extremely cold weather? I know it’s been the winter of “Frozen” and “the cold doesn’t bother me anyway” but I’ve noticed more young men discarding their coats when they should be piling on more layers. Guys have been doing crazy […]

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Movies with Masculine Messages

Movies with Masculine Messages Movies are a tremendous vehicle for teaching teenage boys about authentic manhood.  Because of how we’re wired up, males don’t typically have a strong connection to our inner emotional lives. So movies often create a natural relational bridge for guys.  Men often draw great inspiration from classic movies and we enjoy […]

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