-Keep one hut for every woman in your town. This way you will be sure to get population growth, and that is what you want.
-Halfway through the second or third year, use up all or at least some or half your adult males as Knights or Footmen. This saves males for later, as they do not age as Guildmen and can later be returned to normal bumpkins to aid in population growth when there are more women than men.
-Explore with Footsoldiers or Bumpkins. Two Footsoldiers or three or four Bumpkins is a good exploration party.