As parents, we are responsible for raising our children to be respectable adults. It’s on our shoulders to decide every aspect of how we parent our kids – from what they eat and how they dress to activities they participate in and toys they own.
Over the years, I have thought of plenty of things that I want to teach my sons. Things that I hope they will remember long after they have become adults and are out in the world on their own. Reading Nerdy Foodie Mom‘s post about things she will teach her daughter motivated me to write out my own list of goals for what I want my boys to learn!
30 Things I Will Teach My Sons
1. Learn to aim…seriously. If you can’t, at least clean up your messes.
2. Always wash your hands before dinner.
3. Your shirt sleeve is not a napkin…or a tissue.
4. Females won’t go for you for the sound or volume of your burp – or your farts. Have some respect.
5. Technology is important, but it’s not life. Get out and explore!
6. Exercise is very important. Never stop being active.
7. Never think you are above females. They aren’t inferior, nor are they required to obey you. Respect and cherish any one of them that decides you are worth their time.
8. Careers aren’t determined by your gender. Be what you want to be.
9. College isn’t a requirement immediately after graduating high school. Take some time to enjoy life and decide what you want to be before you take the plunge into furthering your education.
10. Kindess is one of the most important traits you can possess.
11. Acceptance for everyone, no matter gender, race, or sexual orientation, is also at the top of the trait list.
12. Never be afraid to speak up for what you believe in – no matter how unpopular your opinion is.
13. Show affection for loved ones. It’s not “girly” to show someone you care about them.
14. It’s okay to cry when you need to.
15. Honesty really is the best policy.
16. Effectively communicate your feelings. No one benefits when you keep things bottled up behind statements like “I’m fine” “Whatever” or “I don’t care.”
17. You can always talk to me and your father about anything. We mean it!
18. Be a good sport. Winning is exciting, but having fun is always the most important part of life experiences. Take your losses with grace.
19. Always do your best. Work hard to get the things you want.
20. Help others any chance you get.
21. Read any book you can get your hands on. This doesn’t make you a nerd, it makes you intelligent – which will help you land a good job later in life.
22. Manage your money well. Spend wisely, give generously, and save for the unexpected.
23. Be a loyal and dependable friend. We need more of those in the world.
24. See as much of the world as you can. Visit different cultures. Gain new perspectives on life.
25. Don’t expect to coast through life. Be independent and always carry your own weight.
26. Use your imagination as much as possible. Creativity can benefit you greatly throughout life.
27. Forgive those that wrong you, but don’t allow yourself to keep being wronged by them.
28. Don’t be afraid to apologize when and accept that you are wrong.
29. Being brothers is one of the strongest bonds you will have. Always be there for each other.
30. Live for the moment. Don’t worry so much about tomorrow. Enjoy today.
Wow, it felt good to get them all down. These are things I strive for daily, but never have I made a list before now.
What are some things you want to teach your kids as they grow up?