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Rules For My Son

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

2. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs ain’t one.

3. The man at the grill is the closest thing we have to a king.

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

5. Act like you’ve been there before. Especially in the end zone.

6. Request the late check-out.

7. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

8. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.

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

10. Don’t fill up on bread.

11. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look him in the eye.

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

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

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

15. You marry the girl, you marry her whole family.

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

17. Experience the serenity of traveling alone.

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

19. Never turn down a breath mint.

20. In a game of HORSE, sometimes a simple free throw will get ’em.

21. A sportcoat is worth 1000 words.

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

23. Thank a veteran. And then make it up to him.

24. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.

25. Eat lunch with the new kid.

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

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

28. See it on the big screen.

29. GIve credit. Take the blame.

30. Write down your dreams.

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Comments · 7

  • John · April 6, 2012

    I just stumbled upon your blog. This post is awesome. Would you mind if I steal a few of your rules? How old is your son?

    • aaron · April 6, 2012

      By all means! I found it somewhere and a friend pointed out that many of these can be found in the link of that “Source” at the bottom of the post. That is a great site. My son is 11 years old. Enjoy!

      • John · April 6, 2012

        Thanks, I didn’t notice the source but will check it out.

    • K.du plessis · January 22, 2018

      Read this on Facebook in South Africa I Jan ’18. Universal values xxx

  • m. spring · August 25, 2017

    Always give a courtesy flush; and always wash your hands after doing your business.

  • Bob Podgorski · August 25, 2017

    If you haven’t read it before, you might like General Douglas MacArthurs prayer for his son Arthur
    ———
    Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

    Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee—and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

    Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

    Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

    And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the weakness of true strength.

    Then I, his father will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain. ”

  • Pamela · August 25, 2017

    Loved this even more when I saw that NC emblem on your shirt, Aaron. GO HEELS!

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