The Man Card

The DADgum Blog

America has been talking a great deal in recent weeks about what it means to be a man. (What’s more discomfiting is that one of our presidential candidates has been the source of most of this discussion, but that’s a post for another day.) As the father of two boys, it’s a conversation I’ve been paying close attention to. There will come a day in the not-so-distant future when Bubby and Boo will wake up and realize that the world they know—the tinyone under the roof of a ranch home in eastern Missouri—is but a microcosm of a much broader, more diverse world. I simply hope the lessons I teach and behaviors I model soften the blow and help them assimilate more easily.

In an effort to help me understand what I want to teach my boys about manhood, I had to first take a step back and understand…

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