A Review of Stand Magazine

Stand Magazine reviewed by dad blogger Steve Michalovich

CBUS Dads was recently contacted by the editor in chief of STAND Magazine. His offer: sharing a couple copies of the magazine for us to review. We obliged, and I’m happy to report that I took the time to not just leaf through it but to give the content a fair read.

STAND strives to be a magazine for men who not only want to look good and feel great, but also do right and generally who give a damn about being better men. Their mission is to take a stand for a balanced and whole-hearted masculinity that embraces the expression of emotion as strength, promotes a healthy body, mind and spirit, appreciates style and good humor, and seeks to shape a world of peace for all.

As Ohio guys, we were thrilled to find out that it’s published here in Midwest too.

The contents of the two issues we were sent tackle a wide-range of impactful and meaningful topics.

One issue focused prominently on the “male body image crisis”, shedding light on an issue that frankly, I didn’t know existed. The most alarming stat was 18 percent of boys having extreme concerns with their weight and physique. The issue dove into the history of this issue, male plastic surgery and even insecurities about penis size.

Both issues were filled with inspiring content, including poetry, quotes, photography, Q&A’s, and in-depth profiles of admirable men.

The thing that struck me most was the level of depth they go with their content. Don’t expect quick reads: they cover their bases and really tackle an issue head on.

The website buckets the content into logical categories. There’s opportunities to subscribe and join the mailing list. To do so, STAND gives us the feeling that we are joining an online community of likeminded men. This is a similar model to the community of dads we set out to bring together with CBUS Dads. There’s certainly synergies with STAND and CBUS Dads.

I’m taking note and considering subscribing. Very few – if any – publications exist with such a noble focus. As dads who try to do the best for their families while being the best versions of themselves, we all may want to take note and join the STAND community.

-By Steve Michalovich, Regular Contributor

Swim Lessons at Goldfish Swim School – Part One: The Lay of the Land (or the Pool)

CBUS Dads dad blogger Steven Michalovich and his daughter pose for a picture after their first swim lesson at Goldfish Swim School in Westerville.

The following article is a result of a partnership between CBUS Dads and Goldfish Swim School


Spring is upon us, with summer soon to follow. For my family and many others, weekends will soon be spent at the pool, and an annual pilgrimage to the beach is in the near future.

Because of this, it becomes increasingly critical for my two-and-a-half-year-old to gain more confidence in the water. We’ve enrolled her in swimming lessons at our local community center in the past, but this spring we were looking to make a larger splash with her development.

In March, we started attending weekly lessons at Goldfish Swim School in Westerville. From the start, the staff and instructors have been accommodating, patient, enthusiastic, and helpful in the process, from getting us on-boarded to us actually stepping into the water. I can’t say enough about the team they’ve assembled.

The facility is just as marvelous. You’re greeted by an online check-in and reception desk that is reliably staffed with several people who can help. The facility – which is always remarkably clean – is divided into two areas: a dry side and a wet side.

The pool has been quite the treat during some of these lingering colder days, as they keep the temperature of the room and the water at 90 degrees. The entire process for entering the pool is very efficient. Prior to their lesson time, the kids line up outside the door. Once it’s time to enter, the staff files the kids in with an encouraging high five. From there, the kids are in the pool and put to work swiftly.

After lessons are over, most kids march over to the showers adjacent to the pool. With their suits still on, they’ll rinse off and soap up. When my daughter is done, we’ll gather our stuff, and head to one of the many changing rooms to get dried off and into her pajamas. Her lessons are at 7 p.m., so we are nearing bedtime when we finally get home. The dry side has stations with hair dryers and mirrors to aid in getting your kids as close to bedtime ready as possible. There’s also lockers for use.

At her current level, I am in the pool with her. If you’re unfortunate enough to not participate in the lesson, Goldfish has a glass-walled viewing gallery with chairs that overlook the pool on the dry side.

On our way out, my daughter gets a lollipop from the reception desk if she’s been good during her lesson.

We haven’t taken advantage yet, but Goldfish offers birthday parties on Saturday afternoons. They also open the pool to family swim time several instances a week.

We are still getting our feet wet, but my daughter has already grown her swimming capabilities immensely in just a few weeks. This is a testament to the first-class facility and team of professionals at the Westerville Goldfish Swim School.

-By Steven Michalovich, Regular Contributor