Things to Teach My Boys

Becoming a mom is without a doubt the greatest accomplishment I have ever made, but to me it never felt like enough. I felt this overwhelming need to be a great mom and to raise great sons. I think that’s something that we all feel.. Becoming a mom also made me very aware of my own mortality. If something were to happen to me, who would teach my little boys all of the things that I planned to? Those thoughts kept me up all night and ultimately brought me to create this list.

  1. Say, “I love you.” Always. Every time you leave the house, hang up the phone and go to bed. Life is ever changing, make sure the people you love know it.
  2. Be polite. Even to people who aren’t polite to you.
  3. Use your manners.
  4. Treat everyone kindly. You never know what they have going on at home.
  5. Be respectful, to everyone but especially to your elders and women.
  6. Be respected, never let anyone devalue you.
  7. Always ask questions, knowledge is power.
  8. Honesty is key.
  9. Treat all animals kindly, it speaks volumes about who you are as a person.
  10. Don’t be a litter bug.
  11. Enjoy all of the little things in life, you’ll look back one day and see that’s what all the bigger things are made of.
  12. Always think before you speak, you can’t take your words back.
  13. Have fun in everything that you do.
  14. Be careful, please.
  15. Be a defensive driver and don’t speed, you wont get where you are going on time if you end up in an accident or pulled over.
  16. Work hard.
  17. Live each day like it is your last, not recklessly, but appreciate every single day for what it is.
  18. Always be sure to solve your troubles with people before you lose the chance to.
  19. Wave to people.
  20. Love nature!
  21. Do not be a bully and do not support a bully.
  22. Try your hardest in school, it counts for more than you may think.
  23. A wise man spends his time, not just his money.
  24. Appreciate people and tell them when you do. It’s always nice to hear “thank you.”
  25. Family, friendship, love, loyalty and trust are five of the most powerful things you can ever have in this world.
  26. Don’t wait for the “perfect time” to do something, because there is never a perfect time for anything.  Go for what you want when it feels right.
  27. Be blind to gender, race, sexuality and religious beliefs. We are all human.
  28. Never say “I should have..” Doing something that doesn’t work out is better than having regrets of never trying.
  29. Know that I will always love you.
  30. Perhaps the most important thing I can say is to be a gentleman when you find the person you want to live your life with and love them deeply. Open the door. Kiss their forehead. Hold hands everywhere you go. Remember things like favorite colors, foods and movies. Buy flowers and candy for no reason, but remember that you cannot buy love. Take walks. Talk deep into the night. Make sure every day that you and the special person in your life wake up, that they can look at you with loving eyes and see their future in you as well. There is no better feeling on this Earth than unconditional love.

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