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Each family member has a role

Each family member has a role

Each family member has a role On any effective team, each member has specific roles.  In my family, the roles are typically distinctive, with some crossing over when the need arises.  With two young boys, my wife, dog, and I all with completely different preferences and personalities, our family is a well-oiled machine (not really)! With my oldest, 6-year-old son, the purpose seems to challenge his mother and I on an intellectual level.  His logic is nearly … Read entire article »

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George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, and what scares me as a father

George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, and what scares me as a father I’ve been slow to formally address the Trayvon Martin tragedy on Real Men, Real Dads because it is so politically charged.  The media hasn’t helped, but it seems that everyone is taking sides on this horrible incident like it’s nothing more than a football game.  In all corners of my world… from the university to Facebook, from work to my social circles…  it was nearly impossible to hold an intelligent conversation about what happened. On one hand, some people were sure that George Zimmerman had it out for all black people and that Trayvon was an easy target.  Others seemed convinced that Zimmerman was well within his rights to suspect, pursue, and perhaps apprehend anyone he felt was suspicious in the … Read entire article »

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Thoughts on being a one income family (single income family)…

Thoughts on being a one income family (single income family)…

Thoughts on being a one income family (single income family)… Our family has survived on a single income for its entire existence (8 years and counting).  For the longest time, I thought this meant me simply working one job.  I’ve since matured financially to understand that you should never be a one-income family, even if only one person is working at a single job. A recent study by Families and Work Institute shows that 79 percent of … Read entire article »

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A Dad Gets His Wrestlemania Party

A Dad Gets His Wrestlemania Party

A Dad Gets His Wrestlemania Party Spending time with friends is a luxury for this husband, father-of-two, blogger, full-time student, and full-time worker.  The number of local pro wrestling fan friends is few, too…  and being dads themselves makes it hard to get on the same page.  Even though pro wrestling get togethers are hard to come by here in my neck of the woods,  I still managed to get together on April Fools Day with … Read entire article »

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How Halo Made Me a Better Parent

How Halo Made Me a Better Parent

How Halo Made Me a Better Parent Being a parent isn’t a cakewalk. It can be overwhelming, nerve wracking, frustrating and even dangerous. However, once you learn the rules of engagement, being a parent can be deeply satisfying. My own parents were constantly in my face; shoving parenting books and how-to manuals into my hands. My wife, of course, accepted these books with gratitude, but not me. I relied upon another source of truth and wisdom, … Read entire article »

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10 tips on leadership throughout fatherhood

10 tips on leadership throughout fatherhood

10 tips on leadership throughout fatherhood Fatherhood can be a daunting process. You are now responsible for another human being, there won’t be a weekend ritual of going out with your friends and waking up the next day to a delightful hangover, from now on it is nappies, bottles and late-nights with lack of sleep. One of the biggest worries that new father’s have is how to lead their child through life, bring them up and … Read entire article »

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I Still Miss the Terrible Twos (Peanut Gallery Commentary)

I Still Miss the Terrible Twos (Peanut Gallery Commentary)

Peanut Gallery Commentary: I Still Miss the Terrible Twos Blog Topic #5 Over at Fatherhood, Etc blog, there is a very entertaining post about the terrible twos and one father’s longing for those days to return. The Terrible Twos were followed by the Repeating Threes, The Questioning Fours, and The Contradicting Fives. Each stage was worse than the one before it, and I found myself looking back with wistful nostalgia: It’s worth a good look, so I highly recommend it … Read entire article »

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Stressful Situations

Stressful Situations

Stressful Situations A few weeks ago, I finished a great book by Tim Ferriss called The 4-Hour Workweek.  Through reading the book I learned that I do not have to take everything on in life by myself.  Even more importantly, I learned that a lot of circumstances and situations in life shouldn’t be dealt with at all.  Reading the book cleared my mind a bit and got me thinking about stress in general and how I … Read entire article »

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My Priorities as a Dad

My Priorities as a Dad

I returned from Iraq nearly eight months ago.  A week ago I looked back at the time that has passed and realized that although my life is different than it was before, I’ve allowed myself to be bogged down and busy just for the sake of being busy.  Work for work’s sake.  This steals time away from my wife and children, and it definitely gives my happiness and satisfaction a slow-bleeding wound. I realized last week … Read entire article »

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A Dad’s Pokemon Quest (Episode 3)

A Dad’s Pokemon Quest (Episode 3)

A Dad’s Pokémon Quest: Part 3 Attacking all fronts. Josh Ray is the owner and administrator of Real Men, Real Dads, and is always available at any of the RMRD links and social media contacts on this site. Click for Part 1 Click for Part 2 I’ve been in the buying phase of my Pokemon quest, attacking all fronts with small guerrilla tactics.  I hit the trading card game front by purchasing the very first base card starter deck. … Read entire article »

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