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To My First Son on his Birthday, Wherever he May Be

To My First Son on his Birthday, Wherever he May Be

  Photo by Roseanna Smith View it as published at The Good Men Project I hate that this marks the first article that I’ve written in a while. I’m writing this today for all the parents out there who have ‘lost’ beloved family members to life and its winding, sometimes dark, path. For my best friend, whose two sons walked away from their mother. For all the mothers and fathers whose children were lost to drugs or alcohol, and may still…

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Snow and Woes: a Man’s Guide to Preventing Injury and Medical Problems in the Snow Season

Snow and Woes: a Man’s Guide to Preventing Injury and Medical Problems in the Snow Season

View it as published at The Good Men Project   Every year with the first few snowfalls, there is an increase in injuries and heart attacks resulting from the added strain put on our bodies of shoveling or snow-blowing, and even walking in the snow and ice. Men are less likely to seek treatment for injuries, and one study of New Yorkers showed that of 187 heart attacks, 57% of women called 911, while only 28% of men did. Here are…

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Keeping Our Boys Safe From Sex Offenders

Keeping Our Boys Safe From Sex Offenders

  Photo by Ali Tareq View it as published at The Good Men Project Normally, there’s no way of knowing who among those that interact with our kids could be a threat to our children. There are exceptions, but they’re rare. In my 24 years raising four boys, I’ve had the displeasure of knowing five male sex offenders, and only one of those was on my radar as a potential threat to kids. I will always look back and wonder whether there…

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Why That ‘Innocent Touch’ Really IS a Big Deal and a BIG ‘No-No’

Why That ‘Innocent Touch’ Really IS a Big Deal and a BIG ‘No-No’

  Photo by Tina Markova View it as published by The Good Men Project There’s been a lot in the media lately about what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate when it comes to touching women. I recognize that a lot of people out there will be saying ‘but what about men and inappropriate touch?’ Yes, that’s a problem too, but for this article, I want to focus on the inappropriate touching of girls and women, and what it does to them…

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The Catholic Church and Our Boys – How Do We Help Them Keep the Faith While Men of the Cloth Deceive and Abuse?

The Catholic Church and Our Boys – How Do We Help Them Keep the Faith While Men of the Cloth Deceive and Abuse?

  View it as published at The Good Men Project As a Catholic Mom of four boys, and in light of recent convictions of priests in the Catholic church of male child molestation, I’ve found myself questioning my own beliefs, the church, and indeed the people around me. I’m here to tell you that I now know five – count them, FIVE – convicted male sex offenders, and I’m sad to say that one of those was a priest. The priest…

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Going Through a Divorce? 5 Tips for Taking Care of Houses and 'Stuff' When You Split

Going Through a Divorce? 5 Tips for Taking Care of Houses and 'Stuff' When You Split

View it as published by The Good Men Project   You got married, it didn’t work, and you’re not living in the marital home anymore. Whatever decisions lead you here, you may have a house to sell, property to divide, and a move to make. It may be over, but this part of the ending can either be done co-operatively, or it can become a nightmare for one or both of you. Here are some tips to help this part go…

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Apartment For Rent: Females and Exchange Students Only

Apartment For Rent: Females and Exchange Students Only

View as posted at The Good Men Project   Just the other day my 19-year-old, J, announced that to be closer to his college, he would like to move into the city that his college is in, and asked me for help screening the rooms/apartments he was looking for. Obviously, the announcement was bittersweet (I love hanging out with him when he’s home) but I’m so excited for him to be moving out on his own and starting the next chapter…

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Going Through a Divorce? Here Are Some Tips for Leaving the Marital Home

Going Through a Divorce? Here Are Some Tips for Leaving the Marital Home

  Photo by Kelly Sikkema View it as published by The Good Men Project You got married, it didn’t work, and you’re not living in the marital home anymore. Whatever decisions lead you here, you may have a house to sell, property to divide, and a move to make. It may be over, but this part of the ending can either be done co-operatively, or it can become a nightmare for one or both of you. Here are some tips…

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5 Top Things You Should NEVER do if You're Trying to Attract a Woman Online

5 Top Things You Should NEVER do if You're Trying to Attract a Woman Online

  Photo by NeONBRAND See it as posted at The Good Men Project The dating scene for folks who aren’t in their 20’s is a little weird, and it gets weirder as you enter your 40’s. With the dawn of the internet dating scene, there have been some success stories, but I can’t help but offer some tips to some of you guys who are trying to date online, with no success. These are some of the top turn-offs that…

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When it Comes to Sports, What's Good for the Goose isn't Even Offered to the Gander

When it Comes to Sports, What's Good for the Goose isn't Even Offered to the Gander

  Photo by Kevin Gant on Unsplash See it as published in The Good Men Project When boys are young, parents and others seem to be a little more lenient when it comes to the activities they choose to participate in; however, the majority of boys are registered in hockey, baseball, football, and other male-oriented sports. Some do register in dance or gymnastics, but they represent a much smaller group of boys. Something interesting seems to happen by the time those…

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