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12 Lessons on Life and Love for My Son

I’ve made a few mistakes in my 27 years. I’ll pause right there while you overcome the shock of that news.

Oh! Who am I kidding? You’ve witnessed me make a mess of things dozens of times over the last five years. (Dinner every night. Ahem.) Trial and (lots of) error is my mode of operation. The thing is, you can’t screw up that many times in life without learning a few lessons.

I know that you’ll have to experience things, make mistakes even, to grow into the man you were meant to be, but I’d like to offer you a few pieces of advice to get you started.

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  • Be a gentleman 1 of 12
    Be a gentleman
    Treat every woman the way you treat your sister and I, but if she acts as nuts as we do right out the gate, run. A proper woman eases you into her crazy.
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  • It’s all right to cry 2 of 12
    It's all right to cry
    There are times in life when you will want to cry -- your wedding day, the birth of a child, that awful moment when you drop your iPhone and the screen shatters. It's okay! Let those tears flow.
    Photo credit: Morgue File
  • A few words on shopping for jeans 3 of 12
    A few words on shopping for jeans
    When shopping for jeans, try and make your selection from the men's section. This one is mostly to save your father's sanity as he is greatly perturbed by the boys in girls' pants fashion trend of today's youth.
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  • Don’t miss the previews 4 of 12
    Don't miss the previews
    When seeing a movie, never skip the previews. If the movie is bad you'll always know there are better things on the horizon and if there aren't you'll know to save your money for a while.
    Photo credit: Morgue File
  • Mind your online persona 5 of 12
    Mind your online persona
    Don't put anything online you wouldn't show or read aloud to your grandma, a company's hiring manager or the dean of admissions.
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  • There’s never a good reason to look in a woman’s purse 6 of 12
    There's never a good reason to look in a woman's purse
    If she asks you to get something, bring her the whole bag. The contents of a woman's purse are best left a mystery. However, if you love her and she asks you to hold her bag while she peruses the sale rack or runs to the restroom…do it.
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  • A little advice on dating 7 of 12
    A little advice on dating
    If your date orders a small salad with dressing on the side as her meal, carefully consider before asking her on a second date. If she orders a meal with a side of fries and a beer, consider marrying her.
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  • Know your worth 8 of 12
    Know your worth
    If you're good at something, never do it for free. Please note, money is not the only method of payment.
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  • Take care of your sister 9 of 12
    Take care of your sister
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. To be clear, I'm talking about your sister's future boyfriends. We're going to need a man on the inside to survive her dating debut.
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  • Think before you ink 10 of 12
    Think before you ink
    If you think you want a tattoo when you reach 18 think back to what you would have gotten at 8. If you are totally cool with having the bat signal on your chest then go for it. If not, maybe wait 10 more years.
    Photo credit: Flickr
  • You don’t need a truck 11 of 12
    You don't need a truck
    Be economical. Don't buy a truck unless you want to take out a loan to fill your tank, enjoy spending your weekends helping acquaintances move or are thinking of beginning a career in the construction business. 
    Photo credit: Morgue File
  • Time is a limited resource, spend it wisely 12 of 12
    Time is a limited resource, spend it wisely
    Always remember what is most worthy of your time. A few suggestions: a good book, regular exercise, and being present for those you love. We invented a way to pause live television for a reason. The game can wait.
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