Time will pass you by in a blink of a moment. It seems like just yesterday when we took this picture. Fast forward 3 years, and our youngest son Ethan is now 6, Beau is 8 and our oldest Jack will soon be 10. The time of dressing like a super hero and showing off your muscles is long gone. However, while they are still young, I have a lot to teach these kids, but lets start with these 10 things:
1- How to respect a car and fix a car before they get one. They need to know that it is not a toy. A car requires work to keep it looking nice.
2- Open a door for your mom, your sister and your date! (And go out of your way to do it!)
3- Shake someone’s hand when you meet them – you don’t need to wait for them to reach out. Reach out to them instead. Look them in the eye, too.
4- Accept a compliment! If someone says that you played a great game, just say thank you. Don’t criticize yourself.
5- As the great basketball coach Jimmy Valvano stated, “Don’ t give up! Don’t ever give up.” You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to try your best.
6- Laugh at yourself! Don’t take yourself too seriously or others will do the same. Have fun! Enjoy life.
7- Grades matter. If your friends don’t think so, then we need to have a talk about who you are hanging out with.
8- Don’t let people put your family down. Stand up for your brothers and sister. Friends come and go, but family is forever.
9- Always be nice to your mom. She loves you more than you will ever know. A mother’s love is strong and will stay strong forever.
10- Remember that I am always your friend. Yes, I am your dad, but above all, I am your #1 fan, your friend, your ear to listen to, your shoulder to lean on, your DAD.
Now go out there & conquer the world… and then come back and tell your mom and I every last detail. We can’t wait to hear them!
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