Most men, when they become fathers, pledge to themselves that they'll be the ultimate male role model: They'll bring home the bacon, toss the pigskin, read aloud endless renditions of Goodnight, Moon, and tutor their child in reading, writing, and math. Of course, for all our good-hearted efforts, few of us ever live up to our own expectations. But don't beat yourself up, Dad: The list below, from the October issue of Best Life, proves that no matter what your shortcomings, there are men out there who couldn't hold a candle to you. So remember, you don't have to be the kid's math teacher. Just as long as you're not his meth teacher (we're talking about you, Mr. Ryan O'Neal)....
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10 The Superbreeder
Competitive kickball? Sure. Competi-tive eating? Okay. Competitive impregnation? Hmm. At last count, a man in the United Arab Emirates had fathered 78 children by 15 women, and was aiming to hit 100 offspring by 2015. The 60-year-old supports his family with a military pension and help from
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Most men, when they become fathers, pledge to themselves that they'll be the ultimate male role model: They'll bring home the bacon, toss the pigskin, read aloud endless renditions of Goodnight, Moon, and tutor their child in reading, writing, and math. Of course, for all our good-hearted efforts, few of us ever live up to our own expectations. But don't beat yourself up, Dad: The list below, from the October issue of Best Life, proves that no matter what your shortcomings, there are men out there who couldn't hold a candle to you. So remember, you don't have to be the kid's math teacher. Just as long as you're not his meth teacher (we're talking about you, Mr. Ryan O'Neal)....Read More »from The 10 Worst Fatherhood Role Models
You may see your husband as a pillar of spider capturing, money-making, minor plumbing repair accomplishing sturdiness-or at least, as a guy who tries his hardest to be one. But even the most composed, mature man has some lingering doubts ricocheting around in his head. His secret insecurities can hinder his ability to be the lover, husband, provider and father you both want him to be. Here are the three things every married man obsesses about-and no married man has ever told his wife. Shh! I didn't tell you either!Read More »from His Secret Insecurities
1. He's afraid he's turning into his dad.
The V-shaped torso he sported in high school has begun to morph into a U, and the muscle he once had is being replaced by something softer. Men have a way of telling themselves they look better than they do, sucking their guts in for family photographs or in front of the mirror. But they can't deny what those around them look like, particularly their own dads. If a man's father is bow-legged and broad-bellied, the man himself will
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesAbout three years ago, my wife and I bought a dumpy little house on a glorious piece of land in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. And before the first piece of furniture was in place, we were already plotting our big home renovation. As we celebrate our third anniversary in the house, we look around and realize that we've done...absolutely nothing with it. Why? It's not the expense that scares us. It's the stress. Because nothing can turn a Romeo-and-Juliet relationship into a Paul McCartney-and-Heather Mills blood feud faster than a home renovation gone awry. But the bursting of the real-estate bubble has an upside. Back in the go-go days, getting your contractor to call back-never mind finish the job on time-was considered a major victory. Now, suddenly, contractors need work, and homeowners like me can finally get quality treatment. Here's how to take advantage of the situation.Read More »from 4 home-renovation survival tips
Local contractors have a big incentive to do the job right. Word-of-mouth is
Photo Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty ImagesWhen my middle daughter was 11, I had to explain to her why they kept showing photos of that girl from Freaky Friday passed out in her car. When she was 12, I had to explain that, yes, even the girl from Zooey 101 could get pregnant if she wasn't careful. Now that my daughter is 13, she has her own take on why Hannah Montana would pose seminude for a magazine. "It's probably just for the money," she said, but there's a certain amount of resignation in her voice. It's tough for girls today, especially tweens, to process the bimbofication of their favorite kid stars. And it's disappointing, after the turmoil over Miley Cyrus's Vanity Fair shoot, that she has to go through that process yet again.Read More »from How to bimbo-proof your daughter
Like any 13-year-old, my daughter is caught in that awkward in-between stage when the allures and dangers of adulthood are calling, but the comfort and security of childhood are still within grasp. It has always been tough, for boys and girls. But more and more, girls are being fed the message
Before you were married, he could barely keep his hands off you. A few years and a couple of kids later, he's more interested in finishing the song on Don't Forget the Lyrics than getting into your pants. Before jumping to the conclusion that he's either gay or having an affair, take heart in others' misery: Surveys say that 40 million Americans live in no-sex or low-sex relationships. The stereotype that men "want it all the time" simply isn't always accurate. In their new book, He's Just Not Up for It Anymore, Bob Berkowitz, PhD, and Susan Yager-Berkowitz write that, in fact, most of these men who seem to have lost interest actually do want to have sex with their wives, but are often facing psychological or physiological obstacles. Here are a few:Read More »from 4 reasons your husband doesn't want sex
1. Hello, SpongeBob SquarePants
A man quickly learns that lying in bed with you, the baby, and an erection is simply not a manageable situation. Despite his genuine happiness at being a father and his sincere gratitude for all the heavy
You and your man may have differed on occasion about how long your mom's visit should last, what constitutes "frequent" sex, and which topping to get on your pizza. But few subjects more starkly illustrate the differences between the X and Y chromosomes than money. Men and women often have very different viewpoints about managing the family finances, and it's an emotionally touchy subject, especially when the economy is swooning and the stock market is manic-depressive. As editor in chief of Best Life, the fastest-growing men's magazine in America, my job is to understand the modern man-his hopes, fears, and ambitions-and to help him achieve all that he wants in life. Like Best Life, my blog, "The Husband Chronicles," is about what really matters to men today: their struggles to become better husbands and better fathers without sacrificing their own dreams and passions. By simply understanding what's going through your husband's head, you can defuse a conflict about your family'sRead More »from Four reasons your husband can't manage money
You know the old cliché: A man builds a career, a family, and a home, and everything proceeds as planned…until he reaches midlife. And then, boom, it hits: One day he's walking the straight and narrow, and the next he's dyeing his hair, buying a sports car, and acting like a teenager. Or worse, like a governor.Read More »from 4 Male Mid-Life Crisis Triggers
What makes an otherwise steadfast man suddenly unleash his inner Spitzer? Surprisingly, it's not the first gray hairs or the arrival of a birthday cake with 40 candles on it. Instead, it's a confluence of creeping conundrums that can throw a man for a complete loop. But there are ways to short-circuit the male midlife crisis-and keep your happy family on track.
Trigger 1: Biological Fuzziness
One of the reasons marriages are blindsided by midlife crises is that we forget how early midlife really comes. We gird ourselves against the notion of turning 40, but with a life expectancy of 72, a man's midlife point is actually 36. (Women live to nearly 80, which is why 40 really is