Family · NaBloPoMo · Parenting

Twenty-five Things I Want My Sons To Know.


1. It’s harder to take a punch than to throw one.


2. Find the people who make you laugh and follow them around like a golden retriever.

3. A guy who hugs a lot is comfortable in his own skin.

4. Read poetry and read in general.

5. There’s nothing wrong with looking at porn just don’t make it habitual.  Making love with someone you care about is a thousand times better.

6. When you feel like crying, for joy or out of pain, let it go. If you don’t get those tears out, they will stick in your chest and make it harder to love as fully and deeply as you would like to.

7. Crank the tunes when you have to clean the house.

8. Look deeply into the eyes of the one you are falling for to get a glimpse of their soul.

9. Spend your time, energy and money with people who are much less fortunate than you are. It will fill your heart with gratitude.

10. Never lie about anything really important. The first lie will cause you to have to lie again and again to cover up the truth, each time you’ll chip away an important piece of yourself. No one trusts a liar and once you lie to the one you love, your relationship will forever be changed.

11. Find work that makes you happy. If you can change the world in the process all the better.

12. If you get the chance to travel across the country or across the globe, take it. You will learn way more from people who are different from you than the ones who are the same.

13. Doing nothing is better than doing the wrong thing. But you are going to make mistakes. Tons of them. The real question is what you will learn from them.

14. Don’t be in any rush to get married. Divorce really sucks. A good marriage can start when you’re 21 or 61.

15. There’s nothing wrong with a Cuban cigar once in a while.

16. Money and power look good, but they won’t fill you up the way your family will.

17. I won’t care if you like girls or guys, I just want you to be happy.

18. Find a way to move your body that gives you pleasure. You don’t have to be an athlete to be a man, but your body is a temple and you need to care for it, enjoy it, and use it to express yourself.

19. Drinking can be fun in moderation. Just make sure to ask for help if you find yourself blacking out or doing things you regret.

20. Radical honesty will get you very far in this world. Most people don’t have the guts to speak their mind, regardless of the consequences. In the end, people will love more cause of your honesty.

21. Always give your spouse birthday presents in bed.

22. Find a spirituality that keeps you warm no matter the weather.

23. Sex is great but holding your spouse in the middle of the night is one of the best feelings any guy can have.

24. Live passionately. Dream big. Don’t back down.

25. Always remember I love you, no matter what happens. You cannot lose me. I will always be there.
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