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Fatherhood: Include Your Children

###I like to do things by myself and that's not healthy. I grew up with the unhealthy mentality that I needed to prove myself to everyone. I had to show them that I didn't need help, that I could do life on my own and was perfectly happy with it (I wasn't). Counselors have told me it stems back to my parents going through a divorce at an age where I was needing to receive validation from my father (10). I'm not using that as an excuse as to why I still struggle with it but...

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Fatherhood: Baby Wearing

###It's as ancient as childbearing itself. There is something **magical** about the feeling of your child cuddled up against your chest. On a scientific level your body is producing oxytocin, on an emotional level you are getting some much needed bonding time with your children. There are so many studies out there showing the benefits of "wearing" your children; it helps momma heal postpartum, balances hormones, regulates metabolism and promotes a feeling of calm and trust. Mamma's *need* to have that "skin to skin" but daddie's do as well. ![](/content/images/2015/02/ellie-and-i.jpg) I didn't buy in to the "babywearing daddies"...

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Fatherhood: Fishing

###I grew up on the water. Some of my favorite memories as a kid (heck, as an adult as well!) involve fishing. I remember going out the lake with my dad and grandpa, piling in to his little Livingston and fishing all morning. I annoyed the snot out of them with my constant chatter but over time they taught me how to be still and enjoy the chance to be quiet with my thoughts. I learned that the lives of animals were to be respected; we didn't catch for sport, we caught for food. The philosophy...

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Real Masculinity: Being A Man

I get really fired up about being a man. There seems to be a lot of question out there as to what it actually *means* to be a man. Modern culture would tell you that you become a man when you get married, when you get your first career job, when you finally move out of your parents’ house, when you lose your virginity or some mixture of those and other life events. I believe that being a man has little to nothing to do with jobs, sex or housing. It has everything to do with...

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