Things I Will Teach My Children

Charles Dowdy made a post titled 42 Things I Will Teach My Teenage Boys. While I agreed with most of it there were a few things I took an exception to. This is my version. Please enjoy and I hope it inspires your own list.

1. Boys have a penis. It comes with responsibilities. If you’re not careful, you can create responsibilities.

2. Girls have a vagina. It comes with responsibilities. If you’re not careful, you can create responsibilities.

3. I don’t care who you love, as long as you love that person with your whole heart and they do the same.

4. Read. Read a lot. Read books, comics, newspapers, blogs, articles, magazines. Read anything and everything you can get your hands on. Read good stuff and bad stuff and learn to tell the difference.

5. Some people have the same insecurities you do. Some people just hide them better. Some people have different insecurities than you do. Respect those differences.

6. It takes incredible courage to earnestly approach someone you are attracted to.

7. Learn to meditate. Meditate for at least 30 minutes everyday, unless you are busy, in which case make it 60 minutes.

8. Making someone swoon is overrated. Instead, make that person laugh, and think, and even cry. That is the path to the human heart.

9. Childhood classmates and acquaintances thought Elvis was weird.

10. He WAS weird; and he was creative, and different, and brave, and dynamic.

11. Elvis died on a toilet. And Hemingway shot himself. And Van Gogh cut off his ear AND shot himself, and so on and so forth; which only goes to say that sometimes creativity takes a toll, and these titans of their times probably did not feel like giants when they died.

12. Everyone has a story, many of them are sad.

13. It is okay to cry, it doesn’t make you any less of a person. It is not okay to cry all the time, if something is wrong get help.

14. Find your passion and work hard at it. If you are not passionate about your work find something else to work on.

15. Math is awesome. It’s incredibly difficult, but worthy pursuits are rarely easy.

16. Ignorance can get you killed.

17. Play at least one sport as long as you can. I don’t care which one it is. It’s not about winning or losing it’s about being able to play the game again and again.

18. Nobody can take away your education.

19. Accepting and learning that you were wrong is perhaps the most exciting thing possible. It is the true mark of  wisdom and intelligence.

20. Your father is wise, your mother is wiser.

21. Homeless people are still people and should be treated as such.

22. Women are people too, and should be treated as such.

23. Study religions with the skepticism they deserve. Question your own religion if you have one. Question your lack of religion if you don’t have one.

24. At your funeral no one will say, “He had a really nice house.” Shame on you if they do.

25. Karaoke is even more awesome than math. Sing loud and proud, no matter how bad it sounds.

26. Hold the door for everyone.

27. Learn to cook food you enjoy. Learn about beer, even if you don’t drink it.

28. It’s okay to interrupt, just don’t be surprised when the favor is returned.

29. The true measure of a person can be found in company they keep.

30. Relationships take work, hard work. They are incredibly difficult, but worthy pursuits are rarely easy.

31. The people talking the most usually have the least to say. (The people who make lists are the worst.)

32. There’s nothing wrong with any type of music, if it makes you feel good. (I prefer Gangsta Rap, with the volume turned up to 11.)

33. The solution to any problem starts with love.

34. Be wary of the phrases “real men” or “real women”.



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