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This AoM group is devoted to the betterment of families. It's for men striving to be better husbands, fathers, and sons. Are you a "family man"? Join this group today!

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What is a Family Man?

How do we define the "family man". He's a provider, a teacher, a coach, a friend, a lover, the disciplinarian, the go to guy... and so much more. He is called upon to be many things for many people. He is expected to be honest, responsible, understanding, ethical, fair, trustworthy, impartial, stable... the list goes on and on.

With so much riding on it, is it is any wonder that some men find they just can't hack it? Is it a surprise that the divorce rate in the US is now higher than 50%? What's a man to do when he finds himself overwhelmed, while trying to be what he is expected to be?

The family man.

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Stepdads Support

Started by Rocco Vallerand. Last reply by Rocco Vallerand Jul 24. 4 Replies

Just wondering if there are any other stepdads out there? I have questions about what is and isn't acceptable stepdad behavior. I'm the stepdad of two boys ages 8 and 17. Would love some advise and…Continue

Any stay-at-home Dads out there?

Started by J. D.. Last reply by J. D. Nov 20, 2015. 13 Replies

I thought about posting this in the main forum area, but figured I'd try here first.  I'm wondering how many of you guys here are stay-at-home Dads, especially with very young kids at home.  I am,…Continue

Breastfeeding support

Started by Fred S Davenport, Jr. Last reply by Regular Joe Nov 19, 2015. 15 Replies

I came upon this video about men supporting breastfeeding. I thought I would share it with this group and see what you think about the concept.…Continue

Father Son Activities

Started by William McCall. Last reply by Luca Dec 4, 2014. 8 Replies

A few weeks ago my mother told me that my father was concerned/worried/annoyed that I don't often ask him to do things with me. While we have a good relationship (emotionally close, supportive, ect)…Continue

Sex and Pregnancy

Started by AdamR. Last reply by Aaron Robert Lane Jan 23, 2014. 21 Replies

I'm sure that this question has been asked before, but I figure I would like some ideas on this as my wife is pregnant with our first child (We are super excited). One thing I knew I would need to…Continue

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Comment by Scott J on August 26, 2015 at 8:42pm

Comment by Scott J on August 2, 2015 at 5:40pm

A family's response after a man shaves his beard after 14 years.

A family's response

Comment by Carl Monster on June 19, 2011 at 8:20am
Excellent video!
Comment by Dave on June 19, 2011 at 12:42am
Happy Fathers Day


Dad Life from Church on the Move on Vimeo.

Comment by J.D. on May 9, 2011 at 5:02pm
I agree with the importance of a non-virtual friendship but I also understand the other side of it as well.  I am a married man (2 weeks and 2 days) and have a 13 yr old son. I also live in a small town of about 2000 where everyone knows everyone and it's difficult to establish friendships if you don't have a certain name, wealth or career.  I don't go to bars and don't have much time to myself considering my son is actively involved in all sports so there are times where it seems an online friendship is not so much easier but a little more "you can be yourself" type of environment.  Now, I have had many instances that Clint has described and do not disagree one bit with that statement either.  In the end I think it depends on the person and their values/morals in regards to what you're going to find online.   
Comment by Clint Connolly on February 22, 2011 at 3:06pm

Well, Rockeman, I agree with you but I've been offended by some on AoM who seem to think that the purpose of the Net is for us to toy with each other and act fake.  

 

It's easy to forget that we're all real-people when online but I do think the goal is for us to have genuine "real" interactions rather than cultivate "virtual" connections.

 

Others would say that it's the complete opposite.  I mean it's fun to interact with people online etc. but if it doesn't translate into real knowledge of people and real friendship what's the point?  

 

That doesn't necessarily mean real friendships will occur on here (though it can) but that real knowledge that can lead to good relations with real people outside of AoM etc. is cultivated.

 

I'm probably not making it really clear.  

 

So I expect a lot and nothing here on AoM.  People have said things like, "it's online what do you expect" and my reaction is I expect authenticity.  

 

There are two things cyberspace can give 1.) Cover so that deception can be given full-vent or 2.) Cover so that reality can be safely given full-vent.  

 

I see the power and good of the net as Option 2 but it's not as simple as it sounds, of course.

Comment by Rockeman on February 22, 2011 at 10:56am
I agree Mr. Connolly that real life friendships are important; I have spent years trying to cultivate those.  I have also come to learn that sometimes what starts out as an online connection could result in a real life friendship.  People here have a public politeness that is cultural, that often never translate into authentic friendships.  I just believe there has to be the possibility for more connectivity with people.
Comment by Clint Connolly on February 22, 2011 at 12:50am

According to one big-time AoM-er - there is nothing real about the people here on AoM - if you want real friendships, this "man" says you should go out on the street not to the computer.

 

In theory I completely agree, however, I question why someone would purposefully present themselves as fake/virtual.

 

So Rockeman, I hope you find some good in-person friendships too, but glad you're here.

Comment by Seth Ballard on February 21, 2011 at 12:49pm
Congrats Jarret!!! Be sure to treasure this time as well and document the journey.
Comment by Rockeman on February 21, 2011 at 9:38am
Joined here looking for male friendships that help me balance family time and personal time.  I never feel that I have time for myself and I never want to wake up resenting my family because of it.
 

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Liam Strain replied to Henrik Stroemblad's discussion Lacking in the most basic of common cortesy
"This thread is starting to "lack in the most basic of common courtesy."It gets reigned in on all sides, or it gets locked. "
15 minutes ago
John Muir replied to Henrik Stroemblad's discussion Lacking in the most basic of common cortesy
"Mark Twain wasn't, either. I suppose you'd hold his "goading and sarcasm" in a dim view. You just hang in there, suffering in Missouri culture.  "
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Henrik Stroemblad replied to Henrik Stroemblad's discussion Lacking in the most basic of common cortesy
"Neither am I."
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David F. replied to Henrik Stroemblad's discussion Lacking in the most basic of common cortesy
"Yep caught that right after I could not edit the post.  I am Dyslexic and English is a language that mugs other languages for words.  Makes it hard sometimes. :)  "
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Steve Dallas replied to Henrik Stroemblad's discussion Lacking in the most basic of common cortesy
"Come on, you know you pick it. Do you wash your hands after?"
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John Muir replied to Henrik Stroemblad's discussion Lacking in the most basic of common cortesy
"Well, forgive me. I'm not an officer in the Swedish Guards"
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Henrik Stroemblad replied to Henrik Stroemblad's discussion Lacking in the most basic of common cortesy
"Goading and sarcasm are blunt instruments of conversation, sir."
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John Muir replied to Henrik Stroemblad's discussion Lacking in the most basic of common cortesy
"Horrible! Surely not anything someone in the Swedish Royal Guards (PBUT) would do! I think touching your face is a terrible vector for disease - but perhaps we should defer to more elevated ambassadors of hygiene. After all, I'm southern."
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