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Top 10 Important Life Lessons for My Son

There’s a strange responsibility in raising a boy.

Mommas of little ladies, I know that you also have a huge responsibility and a huge task ahead and I know this because I have been that little lady and know what a handful I was!

But I’m talking about that careful, hard, wonderful, and terrifying process of turning a little boy into a man.  Of giving that boy a solid name to last him through life and a solid foundation to make that life purposeful.  I want him to grow up to be kind and fair and generous and loving, to be smart and thrifty and wise beyond his years.

I hope for him to be the kind of man that makes the world a better place, not just to make me proud, but to actually do the world good.  To love fiercely and grow his own family.  To be successful in work but to still come home to his momma at Christmas.  I don’t know how I am going to accomplish all of this as I shape him and fight my own frustration, but these are the lessons I hope he learns as he grows:

 
  • Don’t get into fist fights 1 of 10
    Don't get into fist fights
    ... unless the neighborhood bully is beating up your little sibling. Then call in your friends & hand him an ass whooping.
  • Drink good beer 2 of 10
    Drink good beer
    Don't you ever ask me if we have Miller Lite in the house. Either drink good beer with soul behind it, or stick to sweet tea and water.
  • Take care of your car 3 of 10
    Take care of your car
    They're expensive investments. Change the oil regularly, watch the fluids, watch the tires. Keep it clean so you don't get ants. Know how to change a tire. Get it inspected on time. Don't let it run out of gas. Don't get speeding tickets.
  • Pray 4 of 10
    Pray
    Believe in something greater than you. See the beauty in the little things and in people. Believe that you have a purpose and are loved simply for being you.
  • Wrap it before you tap it 5 of 10
    Wrap it before you tap it
    Unplanned pregnancies and STDs are no fun. When you have sex is between you and God and the woman you love, but be smart about it.
  • College isn’t for everyone. 6 of 10
    College isn't for everyone.
    Not saying that college isn't awesome and that I won't encourage you to go. But it's not for everyone right out of high school and maybe not ever. And that's okay as long as you're successful for the life you want and happy.
  • Hold doors open for ladies 7 of 10
    Hold doors open for ladies
    I don't care if you think it's antiquated -- hold doors open for ladies. Even if you have to stand in the rain while 10 people walk in front of you, it's polite and appreciated.
  • Choose a sport, an art, and a philanthropy 8 of 10
    Choose a sport, an art, and a philanthropy
    A sport to make you strong, an art to make you self-aware, and philanthropy to grow your heart.
  • Put a ring on it 9 of 10
    Put a ring on it
    Oh, so you've been dating a lovely girl for 4 years and you're 30? Put a ring on it or move on. Make the commitment or don't, but do not string her expectations along.
  • Be kind to everyone 10 of 10
    Be kind to everyone
    People, dogs, ideas. Be kind and respect our differences. Be a loyal friend and a good listener.
What hopes do you have for your boy?  (or girl, for that matter!)

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