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I came across this on Facebook, as shared post. It’s from a blog, ” Single dad laughing”, who had re-posted it after finding it on another blog, “Diapers and Daisies.” I couldn’t help but continue to share it. After all, we are trying to be better men aren’t we??

1. Love his Mother. He will learn to love like you love, and hate like you hate. So choose love for both of you. Devote yourself to it. Love with your whole heart and express that love each and every day. Then, someday down the road, you will see the way he loves his own wife, and know that you played a part in that.

2. Let him drive. Every child remembers the first time they drove on daddy’s lap. For that one moment, he will believe that he is just. like. you.

3. Teach him to be picky. Especially when it comes to women and burgers. Teach him to never settle.

4. Take him to a ball game. There is something about sharing a day of hot dogs, sunshine and baseball with your father.

5. Love with Bravery. Boys have this preconceived notion that they have to be tough. When he is young, he will express his love fully and innocently. As he grows, he will hide his feelings and wipe off kisses. Teach him to be a man who rubs them in instead. It takes courage for a man to show love: teach him to be courageous.

6. Talk about sex. Sometimes, boys need to know that all men are created equal.

7. Teach him to be a man’s man. Show him how to be brave and tough around the guys. Then, remind him on the ride home that it is okay to cry.

8. Share secrets together. Communicate. Talk. Talk about anything. Let him tell you about girls, friends, school. Listen. Ask questions. Share dreams, hopes, concerns. He is not only your son, you are not only his father. Be his friend too.

9. Teach him manners. Because sometimes you have to be his father, not just his friend. The world is a happier place when made up of polite words and smiles.

10. Teach him when to stand-up and when to walk away. He should know that he doesn’t have to throw punches to prove he is right. He may not always be right. Make sure he knows how to demand respect- he is worthy of it. It does not mean he has to fight back with fists or words, because sometimes you say more with silence.

11. Teach him to choose his battles. Make sure he knows which battles are worth fighting- like for family or his favorite baseball team. Remind him that people can be mean and nasty because of jealousy, or other personal reasons. Help him to understand when to shut his mouth and walk-away. Teach him to be the bigger- the better- person.

12. Let him dance in tighty whiteys. Dance alongside him in yours. Teach him that there are moments when it is okay to be absolutely ridiculous.

13. Share music. Introduce him to the classics and learn the words to the not-so-classics. Create a rock band with wooden instruments, share your earphones, and blast Pink Floyd in the car. Create a soundtrack to your lives together.

14. Let him win. Sometimes he needs to know that big things are possible.

15. Teach him about family. Let him know family is always worth fighting for. Family is always worth standing up for. At the end of the day, he has you to fall back on, and pray to God that you will have him.

16. Father him. Being a father—to him—is undoubtedly one of your greatest accomplishments. Share with him the joys of fatherhood, so one day he will want to be a father too. Remind him over and over again with words and kisses that no one will ever love him like you love him.

17. Listen to him now. If you don’t listen to the little things now, he won’t share the big things later.

18. Let him try on your shoes. Even if they are old and smelly. Let him slip his little feet in and watch him as he hopes like hell that someday he can fill them. He will fill them.

19. Give him bear hugs. The kind that squeezes his insides and make him giggle. The kind of hug only a daddy can give.

20. Give him baths. Because Mom can’t do everything damnit.

21. Teach him how to pee standing up. Let him pee outside- such is the joy of being a man. Mom cannot teach this talent, so someone has to.

22. Know the answers. He will assume you do. If you don’t know them, pretend you do and look them up later.

23. Toss him around. Because little boys love seeing the strength of their father. Throw him up in the air, so that he knows you will always be there to catch him on his way down.

24. Ask his mother. He will come to you with questions that he won’t always want to ask his mother, about girls and about love. Ask her anyway, she will know the answers.

25. Love him like you would love a daughter. Little girls are not the only ones who need hugs and kisses. Love is the color yellow of emotions. It is both happy and gender neutral.

26. Grow a big belly. Because every child should get the chance to rest there head on the absolute softest pillow ever. Daddy’s belly is the best place to land.

27. Don’t say, do. American inventor, Charles F. Kettering once said, “every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.” Be a good one.

28. Be his hero. You are anyway. To him, you have the strength of Batman, the speed of Spiderman and the brain of Ironman. Don’t disappointment. Prove to him that Daddy’s are the biggest heroes of all. Only Daddy’s can save the day.

“After all, good fathers make good sons.”

I couldn’t agree more!

Sports tend to be a part of guys lives’ no matter what season it is. Most guys picked up on the rules of these games throughout life; from their dads, from their friends, and from playing them growing up. But I do have some friends that’s just aren’t into sports, don’t know much about them, and maybe don’t even care.

Yet, almost every guy has found himself in a sports conversation at one point in time. So as the seasons arrive I’ll be posting the basics of each sport. Some of it will be very basic. Some may be a new fact to learn so you can really sound like you know what you’re
talking about. And for anyone reading this who isn’t into sports maybe it will draw just close enough to be interested. But at least, as a guy, should you find yourself at the water cooler or out with the guys – you can at least have some idea what’s going on.


Spring training begins in March, but the actual season begins in April and carries through the summer months.

Baseball is traditionally known as the national pastime for the United States, but is also widely popular in Latin America and Asia.


The sport is divided into two separate leagues: American and National. The major difference between the two leagues is the “designated hitter rule”. This rule is used in the American League, the pitchers do not hit for themselves. The rule is not used in the national league.

The game is played by two teams, each with nine players:
Offense = at bat
Defense = in the field


There are 4 bases:
• Home – batter starts here
• First
• Second
• Third

Infield = The area encompassed by the dirt “diamond” including the bases.

Outfield = The area past the bases, traditionally covered in grass.

Base lines = the white lines extending from “home plate” out to the far ends of the outfield.

Fair territory = where the ball is in play, the area inside the base line including the bases.

Foul territory = the area outside of the base lines towards the spectators.


Each game is divided into 9 regulation innings. An inning consists of a “top” and a “bottom”. The “top” of the inning is designated as the beginning o each inning. Each team has a chance to be on the offense (at bat) and score as many “runs” as possible while the defense (team on the field) attempted to block them by getting 3 outs, causing the teams to switch positions. In the case if a tie score after 9 innings, the teams will play into extra innings until the tie is broken.

(The record is a 1-1 tie in the national league between the Boston Braves and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 26 innings, at Braves field in Boston on May 1, 1920. The game concluded as a tie because the teams did not have lights at the time and it became too dark to see the ball.)

To score a run, a batter must move, base by base, to home plate.


OUT – when a batter either strikes out, grounds out, or flies out.

•STRIKE OUT – When 3 strikes are called against a batter.

•GROUND OUT – When a batter hits a ball into fair territory where it hits the ground but is either thrown or run to first base before the batter can reach the base.

• FLY OUT – whenever a ball, fair or foul, is caught in the air before touching the ground.

HIT – When a batter hits a fair ball that is not caught in the air, and running he is able to touch first base before the opposing player with the ball can reach the base. (This is a base hit, or a single)

DOUBLE – When a batter gets a hit and is able to make it to second base in one play.

TRIPLE – same as above, but the batter makes it to third base in one play.

HOME RUN – When a batter gets a hit and is able to touch all the bases in order as reach home play to score a run. ( a home run can be either “in the park” or “out of the park”, out meaning it went over the rear fences)

GRAND SLAM – a home run with the bases loaded, resulting in 4 runs.

BATTING AVERAGE – the number of hits a player would be estimated to get out of 1,000 official at-bats. (To calculate, divide a players number of hits by his official number of times at bat) any average over .300 ( 30 hits out of 100 at- bats) is considered excellent.

PINCH HITTER/ RUNNER – a substitute for a hitter or base runner.

RUNS BATTED IN (RBI) – the number of runs scored as a result of a player getting hits or “sacrificing” runners home.

This is clearly not a comprehensive baseball training guide, but it should give you the very basics.

Play ball!