A Few Notes To My Younger Self, Who Could Be Sort of a Jerk

Alex Steed looks back at his younger years and wishes he’d done a few things differently.

A Dad’s Response When His Daughter Told Him She Was Venturing into the Wilderness — Alone

Korrin Bishop was determined to take a solo weeklong kayaking trip in the Everglades. She reflects on the courage it took for her dad, and how his understanding and vulnerability allowed her to become a braver person.

Male Role Models: What I Learned From Hawkeye

Number 3 — Save your salutes for the very few people that actually deserve them.


This poem from Joshua Martin is a work of rare power and honesty.

22 Again: The Incalculable Value Of Friendship

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

When are You Going to Cut Your Hair?

I’ll cut my hair when the hair when the war is over

Sometimes Getting Lost is the Best of Things

Quentin Lucas explores storytelling’s roll in his journey into manhood.

A Dad Meets His Daughter’s Adventure into Kindergarten with Mindfulness and a Profound Gratitude

Brad Scott’s youngest child just started kindergarten. This rite of passage was not an easy one for him. Here is the reason why.

Invisible Darkness

Laura Foley captures the pain of being a mother unable to help an adult son in this stark poem.

How to Speak Truth to Your Children, and then Let It Go and Forgive

Do you lecture your kids? Mike Berry and his wife did, until they found another way to get through–that works!

My Son, The Kindergarten Student: The In-Between Boy

Brent Almond reflects on his sons impending independence and continued need for support as a kindergarten student.

25 Things to Do By the Time You’re 25

Facing your quarter-life crisis or in your early 20’s? Here are 25 awesome things to do by the time you’re 25.

In the Name of the Father

A boy crosses the threshold to manhood in Joy Ladin’s poem, but he’s not the only one who has changed.


Douglas Luman considers boyhood and the difficulties of growing up in this “sourced poem.”

Why This Son Loves His Parents and the Family They Made

There is no one definition of family. Daniel Student learned this as his reshaped after the death of his father.

WTF Is Puberty?

TomSka tells you everything you need to know about puberty in 7 minutes.