50 life lessons for my son

Life lessons for my sons…

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I saw an article recently that was about a mom teaching her daughter all these values and it got me to thinking, boys need values too. These life lessons will be learned along the way but it’s important for me to start teaching them now. It’s important to teach our girls to value themselves and never to let anyone take advantage of them but it’s equally important to teach our boys many of the same values, if not all of them.  We live in a harsh world and today, people seem to be getting more selfish and showing less compassion and understanding than in my generation.  So here are 50 Life Lessons, or values (with a few more tips in between) that I strive to teach my boys.

  1. Never settle for less than you deserve, but…
  2. Always be humble, not entitled
  3. Follow your dreams, but…
  4. Remember to work hard for said dreams
  5. Be fearless but not reckless
  6. NEVER, EVER HIT A WOMAN! But…
  7. NEVER TAKE ABUSE FROM ANYONE, MAN OR WOMAN!
  8.  Family isn’t always who is related to you. Family are the ones who stand by you and accept you for who you are.
  9. Know when to walk away
  10. Stay away from toxic people, even if they are family
  11. Family isn’t always who is related to you. Family are the ones who stand by you and accept you for who you are.
  12. Learn who your true friends are then hold onto them – they will bring out the best in you.
  13. Forget what the fairytales say about “True Love”. Real love is much better.
  14. Be a leader, not a follower.
  15. Follow your own path, not someone else’s.
  16. Don’t worry about what others think of you. You won’t be able to please everyone, so just do you.
  17. YOU ARE UNIQUE!! Embrace it!
  18. Trust, honesty, compassion, and communication are the keys to any relationship.
  19. Never Stop Learning!
  20. Stand up to Diversity!
  21. NEVER COMPROMISE WHO YOU ARE!
  22. Take the time to recognize the incredible beauty this world has to offer.
  23. KNOW YOUR WORTH!
  24. Be your best self.
  25. Don’t regret your mistakes – Learn from them.
  26. Take responsibility for your actions.
  27. Never be too proud to apologize
  28. Embrace change – It can be hard but you can do it.
  29. Face your fears.
  30. Don’t forget to forgive.  If you don’t, it will invite darkness in.
  31. Be strong, resilient, and smart.
  32. Take time for self-reflection.
  33. Remember that NO MEANS NO!  No exceptions.
  34. Always be kind but…
  35. Never let anyone take advantage of you or someone you love.
  36. You are allowed your own opinions but remember…
  37. So if everyone else. Respect that.
  38. People come from all walks of life, from all over the world, respect their differences.
  39. Be a law abiding citizen but…
  40. Don’t be afraid to QUESTION AUTHORITY when the need arises.
  41. Remember that money isn’t everything.  It can’t buy you love.  It can’t buy you happiness, and you certainly can’t take it with you when you die.
  42. Life is too short to hold grudges. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting.
  43. Trust has to be earned! Be kind, be generous but be cautious.
  44. Stand up for what you believe in.
  45. Learn to accept criticism. While some may not be very nice, most of it will be constructive and you can learn from it.
  46. Learn to give constructive criticism.  Don’t let your emotions allow you to say things you don’t mean.
  47. If a woman is drunk, DO NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HER!
  48. Always have your friends’ backs! If they are true friends, they will return the favor.
  49. People come from all walks of life, from all over the world, respect their differences.
  50. CARPE’ DIEM!!  SEIZE THE DAY!!

What would you add to this list of life lessons for my sons?

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