Thursday, February 7, 2013

Same list, different blog

There are a few of these lists circulating on Facebook and blogs, so I found a list from a father to his son, and a list from a mother to her son, combined them, and chose my favorites. Parenting is going to be a trying and lifelong process, along with magnificent rewards, and who doesn't want to teach their children good values and give them a running start in leading a good life? Here are just a few, in no particular order:

1. Play a sport. It will teach you how to win honorably, lose gracefully, respect authority, work with others, manage your time and stay out of trouble. And maybe even throw or catch.

2. You will set the tone for the sexual relationship, so don't take something away from her that you can't give back.

3. Use careful aim when you pee. Somebody's got to clean that up, you know.

4. Save money when you're young because you're going to need it someday.

5. Allow me to introduce you to the dishwasher, oven, washing machine, iron, vacuum, mop and broom.

6. Don't ever be a bully and don't ever start a fight.
The only time it is appropriate to use your fists is to defend yourself from someone else using theirs on you.

Learn empathy. In all situations be able to put yourself in the position of the person you’re interacting with.

8. Treat women kindly. Forever is a long time to live alone and it's even longer to live with somebody who hates your guts.

Never let anyone do your thinking for you. There are far too many people with far too much invested in you believing what they believe. 

10. Be strong and tender at the same time.

11. A woman can do everything that you can do. This includes her having a successful career and you changing diapers at 3 A.M. Mutual respect is the key to a good relationship.

12. "Yes ma'am" and "yes sir" still go a long way.
Hold open the door, pull out the chair and give her your coat. Chivalry is not sexism. 

13. The reason that they're called "private parts" is because they're "private". Please do not scratch them in public.

14. Peer pressure is a scary thing. Be a good leader and others will follow.

15. Bringing her flowers for no reason is always a good idea.

16. It is better to be kind than to be right.
And never lose sight of the fact that no matter how much you believe, no matter how convinced you may be that you are right — you might just be completely wrong. 

17. A sense of humor goes a long way in the healing process

18. Learn to dance with a partner. Nothing is classier than a man who can walk his partner onto the dance floor with confidence.

19. Learn to filter. Before you say (or type!) anything, think about how the words you plan to use will sound in the ears of the person you are speaking to.

20. Learn to disagree with someone without taking personal offense – if for no reason other than the fact that you can’t expect something from someone that you aren’t able to deliver yourself.

21. Take pride in your appearance.

22. Learn early to tie a tie and know your way around power tools.

23. You don’t have to like their music, but be able to identify Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin when you hear them. Again, classy.

24. Your knowledge and education is something that nobody can take away from you. Liberal arts grow your mind. Science and business keep you fed. You will need both.

25. From your father: When picking a wife, you can never do better than your mother. From your mom: Remember to call your mother because I might be missing you.


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