How to be a Better Husband: Show Up

How to be a Better Husband: Show Up

After 14 years of marriage, plus a couple of other long-term relationships before that, I’ve been privy to many conversations with women as to where we men fail as husbands. Some of those were relayed from a third party about their own husband, and some of those conversations were ones where my wife and I wereRead more:

Advice to Myself as a Young Man

Advice to Myself as a Young Man

This year I turned 40, and along with the realization that I’m now middle-aged (ack!) came some meditations on the life lessons I’ve learned so far (or not learned, as the case may be). As part of that process of introspection, I found myself wondering what I wish I had heard (and taken to heart)Read more:

Fatherhood: 100 Ways to be a Better Father

Fatherhood: 100 Ways to be a Better Father

Fatherhood is a tricky proposition. We all want to be great dads, but chances are, our fathers never sat down with us and taught us how to be one. And we don’t necessarily want to be our fathers. I mean, we want to emulate their positive influence on us, but we also want to doRead more:

Our Tiny House Experiment

Our Tiny House Experiment

The nuttiest thing we’ve ever done as a family was to move out of our house and into a one room trailer. A tiny house. Two adults, a four year old, and two cats in a 120 square foot camper. We hauled all of our own water, used a composting toilet, a solar shower, and weRead more:

Green Dad’s Guide to Pipes and Pumps

Green Dad’s Guide to Pipes and Pumps

Pouring chemicals down the drain should be avoided at all costs, as the majority of household cleaning supplies are extremely toxic. Not only can these cleaners harm the person who is handling them, but they also do damage to the environment. The majority of drain openers contain sodium hydroxide. While this chemical is effective atRead more:

Six Ways to Save Energy and Money When Building, Buying or Renovating a Home

Six Ways to Save Energy and Money When Building, Buying or Renovating a Home

As the economy and real estate market continue to improve, Americans are once again purchasing or building new properties and/or renovating their existing homes. This is the ideal time to pay attention to a home’s energy efficiency and make energy saving changes where possible. Not only can consumers save electricity and natural gas, they canRead more:

What Do You Want?  6 Steps to Manifest Your Dreams

What Do You Want? 6 Steps to Manifest Your Dreams

Do you ever just slog through the day doing the tasks you know you have to do, meeting your responsibilities, but not having fun? Does it seem like fun is something you had before you had kids? You used to be able to take the time to enjoy life, but not anymore. Or maybe itRead more:

Loophole Allows Companies to Declare Food Additives Safe without FDA Oversight

Loophole Allows Companies to Declare Food Additives Safe without FDA Oversight

Because of a loophole in a 1958 law that exempts from FDA approval ingredients in foods that are “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS), hundreds, and possibly thousands, of potentially unsafe food additives are included in common food products and sold without any FDA oversight. The Food Additives Amendment of 1958, which was intended to restoreRead more:

Free Garden Curriculum Guide from Organic Gardening Magazine

Free Garden Curriculum Guide from Organic Gardening Magazine

To help build a more sustainable future, which by definition must include a more sustainable agriculture system, it’s important to start teaching kids about the issues and the solutions at a young age. One of the solutions is getting more kids involved in the production of their own food, starting at home and at school,Read more:

Turn Conflict into Connection: Can Fights with Your Kids Be a Good Thing?

Turn Conflict into Connection: Can Fights with Your Kids Be a Good Thing?

Everyone likes to win. I do. You do. Your children do, too. And you like it when your children win. Unless you are the adversary. Then you may be more than tempted to use all the tools you have to triumph over them. You have a louder voice, more sophisticated words, a bigger body, andRead more:

How to make a Zeer Pot refrigerator for offgrid food storage

How to make a Zeer Pot refrigerator for offgrid food storage

If you’d like to learn how to make a low-tech food storage device that uses absolutely no electricity to keep food cool, these instructions for building a Zeer Pot (or pot-in-pot refrigerator) are a great place to start. Zeer Pot Refrigerator Keeps Food Fresh Without Electricity (via Insteading) So you’ve got your homegrown vegetables andRead more:

Organic & hygienic ways to rid your home of pests

Organic & hygienic ways to rid your home of pests

Nobody wants to share their home with insects and rodents. For many, spotting one of these pests in your home is enough to illicit a shriek and an uncomfortable feeling that there may be more. But it can be hard to come to terms with the idea of setting out traps to poison or snapRead more:

Pool safety for kids: Getting them to listen

Pool safety for kids: Getting them to listen

Allowing the kids to enjoy the family pool, but teaching them to be safe, is just one more task of parenting. But with the inherent risks of water, it is very important to make safety issues important to the children. They just want to jump in the water and play. How do you get themRead more:

Healthy vs. toxic masculinity: The ladder of manhood

Healthy vs. toxic masculinity: The ladder of manhood

“A meditation on violence, pursuit of identity and healthy vs. toxic masculinity by White Ribbon‘s Jeff Perera. He explores how the degrees of separation are shrinking as the circle of violence surrounds us all.”

11 Low-tech methods for eco-friendly laundry

11 Low-tech methods for eco-friendly laundry

Dirty laundry happens. And then washing clothes happens, usually quite wastefully, without a thought for the overall impact of this common chore. Whether you’re trying to transition to having a lower environmental footprint, attempting to rely less on the grid, or just want to go greener in the laundry room, there are a variety ofRead more: