I had to share 30 rules for Dads of Sons…and dedicate this post to my son Brendan who is 5.
Shh…. Let’s not talk about the fact that I haven’t blogged in a very long time. Let’s pretend it never happened, k?
So I caught a blog post about 50 Rules for Dads of Daughter that was inspired or written out of this blog. So I took a look around, and saw a couple of posts for Dads of sons, but none that really worked for me. So, I decided to make my own. Here it is.
1. Hold his hand while he still lets you. Notice how small it is in your hand, remember how little he is, cherish this time.
2. Show him how to love his Mother. His Mom, and his future wife will appreciate it.
3. Be silly.
4. Let him push the little cart at the grocery store. He will be the best helper you’ve ever had (just watch your ankles.)
5. Hug him.
6. Give him kisses, there will definitely be a time when that just won’t be cool.
7. Throw him in the air, as high as you can, watch his face light up when you catch him. This will help him to be fearless.
8. Chase him when he asks you to, make monster noises while doing so.
9. Teach him to drive a stick shift.
10. Let him help you clean the house, cross your fingers that it sticks.
11. Sing to him before bed, the songs you sing to him now, will soothe his soul later.
12. Let him fall and hurt himself, he’ll learn faster that way.
13. Encourage him to help make dinner.
14. Check in on him before you go to sleep at night, the memory of it will stay with you always. Remember what you see after he’s just wrecked the family car.
15. Push him on the swings, if he wants to go higher, by all means oblige him.
16. Read to him, anytime he wants.
17. Sing along with him, at the top of your lungs.
19. Let him nap on you. Know that he can sleep so soundly because he feels safe with you.
20. Teach him to throw a baseball, kick a soccer ball, shoot a free throw, or hit a golf ball. Whatever you are into, share your love of that with him.
21. Let him pick out what clothes he wears, he wants to feel independent.
22. But push for the matching PJ’s.
23. Two words: Pillow Fight.
24. Know that there is no better place to be then on your shoulders.
25. Teach him to open doors, pull out a chair, and escort a lady by the crook of their arm. Don’t let chivalry die.
26. Be his hero.
27. Try and be patient.
28. Always go back for the extra hug, one day, it will be hard enough to get the first one.
29. Never miss an opportunity to make a funny face.
30. Never stop loving, caring, or laughing. Let his joy in life, infect every aspect of yours