Rules For Sons

Someone posted this on Facebook today and I thought it was worthy of a blog post. As a father, I hope to have instilled some (or all) of these things in my kids.

I’m not sure I have ever seen this particular list, but I have seen similar ones. Maybe it is that I’m older now, but #20 hit really hard. Perhaps you have additional rules that we can add to this list?

RULES FOR SONS:

1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down.

2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs.

3. The man at the BBQ Grill is the closest thing to a king.

4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.

5. Request the late check-out.

6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

7. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.

8. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.

9. Play with passion or not at all…

10. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye.

11. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.

12. If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point.

13. Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket is for her.

14. You marry the girl, you marry her family.

15. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.

16. Experience the serenity of traveling alone.

17. Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room.

18. Never turn down a breath mint.

19. A sport coat is worth 1000 words.

20. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.

21. Thank a veteran. Then make it up to him.

22. Eat lunch with the new kid.

23. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.

24. Ask your mom to play. She won’t let you win.

25. Manners maketh the man.

26. Give credit. Take the blame.

27. Stand up to Bullies. Protect those bullied.

28. Write down your dreams.

29. Always protect your siblings (and teammates).

30. Be confident and humble at the same time.

31. Call and visit your parents often. They miss you.

32. The healthiest relationships are those where you’re a team; where you respect, protect, and stand up for each other.

One thought on “Rules For Sons

  1. Here are some rules I posted when Bailey was a kid…these were Harpo Marx’s rules for everyone in his house. We substitued something for the pool cues…I also subbed Guitar for Harp
    https://www.harposplace.com/Family/FamilyStory.php

    1 Life has been created for you to enjoy, but you won’t enjoy it unless you pay for it with some good, hard work. This is one price that will never be marked down.
    2 You can work at whatever you want to as long as you do it as well as you can and clean up afterwards and you’re at the table at mealtime and in bed at bedtime.
    3 Respect what the others do. Respect Dad’s harp, Mom’s paints, Billy’s piano, Alex’s set of tools, Jimmy’s designs, and Minnie’s menagerie.
    4 If anything makes you sore, come out with it. Maybe the rest of us are itching for a fight, too.
    5If anything strikes you as funny, out with that, too. Let’s all the rest of us have a laugh.
    6 If you have an impulse to do something that you’re not sure is right, go ahead and do it. Take a chance. Chances are, if you don’t you’ll regret it – unless you break the rules about mealtime and bedtime, in which case you’ll sure as hell regret it.
    7 If it’s a question of whether to do what’s fun or what is supposed to be good for you, and nobody is hurt whichever you do, always do what’s fun.
    8 If things get too much for you and you feel the whole world’s against you, go stand on your head. If you can think of anything crazier to do, do it.
    9 Don’t worry about what other people think. The only person in the world important enough to conform to is yourself.
    10 Anybody who mistreats a pet or breaks a pool cue is docked a months pay.

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