Man of the Household

Be a man in your household.

Cultural pressures and an anti-family economy, coupled with accusations of toxic masculinity, make us uncertain of how to be a man in our household. We can feel frustrated and paralyzed. Join Man of the Household in seeking the reality of manhood, and find the confidence to live out the gift of being a man in your household.

*Take this free LifeCraft course at your own pace at any point. Or, email [email protected] to be notified when the next guided session opens for registration.*

New Online Course! 

Man of the Household 

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Why take this course:

As natural as it is, being man of the household does not come naturally, especially today. We need to be intentional and take specific steps to become the man we want to be. The course goal is this: to be the man of my household, a true husband and father, taking first responsibility for crafting the good life in my home, and so fulfilling what my nature calls me to, my heart longs for, and my loved ones need and deserve.

To whatever extent we become that man, it is its own reward. Yet also our wife, our children, our friends, and all our loved ones will be grateful and reap the fruits of our efforts. For generations to come.

If you are interested, I would love for you to join me in this course.

This course has four modules:
  • Man as Crafter of a Household
  • Man as Husband
  • Man as Father
  • Man’s Work, Leisure, and Daily Life in the Home
Each module has:
  • a pre-recorded lecture (viewable at one’s own schedule)
  • a worksheet for formulating resolutions and a concrete personal plan
Each student can:
  • participate in online discussion forums with me and other LifeCraft members
  • email me questions to which I will respond directly by email
This course is designed for:
  • husbands and fathers, young and not so young
  • men preparing for marriage
  • other men who seek to understand better their vocation to fatherhood, through considering fatherhood in its most obvious instance
  • men’s groups, Bible Studies, Exodus 90, marriage prep groups, etc.

What To Do?

Facing an Anti-Family Economy

Economic demands often work against your being a man in your household. There is a plan for manhood you can discover and execute starting at home.

Responding to the Dominant Culture

Strong cultural pressures both pull you away from home and invade your life there. You can take responsibility and thrive.

Overcoming the Feeling of Powerlessness

Confused and isolated, sometimes you don’t know where to turn. You can become the man you know you can be.

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The Manliness Behind the Martial

The Manliness Behind the Martial

“Yi was a skillful archer, and Ao was a powerful naval commander, and yet neither of them met a natural death. Yu and Hou Ji, on other hand, did nothing but personally tend to the land, and yet they both ended up with possession of the world.” Confucius, Analects As...

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A Man’s Fear about Being a Man

A Man’s Fear about Being a Man

If men could be contented to be what they are, there were no fear in marriage. Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well There is often fear in marriage, and it can be of several kinds. I think Shakespeare’s object here is perhaps the primary fear attending...

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Cherishing Your Spouse in Your Children

Cherishing Your Spouse in Your Children

“Goodbye Aeneas. Cherish our love in the son it gave us.” Virgil, The Aeneid This stunningly powerful goodbye between spouses says so much. A son, it says, was ‘given’ to a couple by the love they bore one another. Love between spouses is already itself a gift. That...

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Authority and the Gift of Fatherhood

Authority and the Gift of Fatherhood

There is perhaps no greater intimacy possible between men than when a son looks to a father from whom he has learned to be a father himself. This Father’s Day, in addition to remembering my own father, I am reflecting on the astounding gift, and challenge, of being a...

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What a Woman Can Do, and a Man Should See

What a Woman Can Do, and a Man Should See

Giving birth is the natural complement and continuation of the marital act. Cultural practices informed by human selfishness have deeply marred the sexual act, often stripping it of its natural meaning, intimacy, and efficacy. Cultural practices can have a parallel...

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Carrying My Spouse with Me

Carrying My Spouse with Me

“Likewise, you should know that you will be so close to your husband that wherever he goes he will carry the memory, recollection, and reminder of you. You notice it in all married couples, for as soon as we see the husband, we ask him, ‘How is your wife?’ and as soon...

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The Manliness Behind the Martial

The Manliness Behind the Martial

“Yi was a skillful archer, and Ao was a powerful naval commander, and yet neither of them met a natural death. Yu and Hou Ji, on other hand, did nothing but personally tend to the land, and yet they both ended up with possession of the world.” Confucius, Analects As...

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The Last Defense of Our Homes

The Last Defense of Our Homes

“A time may come soon when...there will be need of valor without renown, for none shall remember the deeds that are done in the last defense of our homes. Yet the deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” J.R. Tolkien’s Aragorn, The Lord of the Rings...

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A Man Who Fasts

A Man Who Fasts

“To any ladies who wish to get married, I suggest: Marry a man who can fast.” a Benedictine This is an interesting requirement in looking for a spouse. Immediately we might reflect that surely anyone can fast. But then again, there is fasting, and there is fasting....

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A Man’s Fear about Being a Man

A Man’s Fear about Being a Man

If men could be contented to be what they are, there were no fear in marriage. Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well There is often fear in marriage, and it can be of several kinds. I think Shakespeare’s object here is perhaps the primary fear attending...

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When in Doubt the Go-To Principle

When in Doubt the Go-To Principle

I shall reproach him because he attaches little importance to the most important things and greater importance to inferior things. Socrates, Plato’s Apology Trying to live a good life, you spend your days deliberating about hard questions. There is no way around this....

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Does Your Home Have a Physical Center?

Does Your Home Have a Physical Center?

“No social group...can survive without constant informal contact among its members.” “The hearth, the place where food was made and eaten, was the heart of family life.” A Pattern Language, by Christopher Alexander, et alia With persistent centrifugal factors...

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Need: The Hidden Key to Wealth

Need: The Hidden Key to Wealth

“Well, you see, my property is enough to supply me with all my needs... Socrates, in Xenophon’s Estate Manager The wise help us to see better. By looking through their eyes, we learn to see things more as they are. One great fruit is that we can be more grateful....

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Love First Learned from a Lady

Love First Learned from a Lady

But love, first learned in a lady's eyes... Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost It has been said that woman specializes in loving. There is a profound truth in this. It is not that men do not know how to love or are not called to love. But women, especially in their...

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Physical Home as Common Ground

Physical Home as Common Ground

My wife said to me, “John, we need to be here, together. This is our common ground.” Recently my wife and I were struck anew by a significant aspect of being-at-home, in the physical place. Our lives are given a center that grounds us and draws us together. Of late we...

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