As quoted from Walker Lamond’s book (Rules for my Unborn Son), …
Boys need rules! One man’s instructions for raising a thoughtful, adventurous, honest, hardworking, self-reliant, well-dressed, well-read, well-mannered young gentleman.
This week, I was out with two of my best friends when we started talking about our children… What else do you know? It’s funny that, despite their parenting styles being somewhat similar, their children were totally opposites. One of them has a very sweet, gentle, soft-spoken son. He is still polite and never speaks up. Although he is a wonderful child, he frequently cries and whines. “It’s difficult making these kids though, isn’t it?” he said. I would never have cried like this 30 years ago.”
My other friend, on the other hand, has a son who you would describe as “violent.” In comparison to the rest of his mates, he was the most powerful. He was pushy and bossy, unconcerned about hurting anyone’s feelings. “Yeah, it’s pretty easy to raise him to be tough—it kind of comes naturally,” he said. I’m not sure how I’d toughen him up if he wasn’t still this way.”
From that experience, I took some time and got to the books about parenting and bumped into a few pointers by Walker Lamond. I have shared briefly some of the advice he shared for the young men out there.
RULES FOR SONS AND YOUNG MEN: by Walker Lamond.
1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down
2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs
3. The man at the BBQ Grill is the closest thing to a king.
4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.
5. Request the late check-out.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
8. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.
9. Play with passion or not at all…
10. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye.
11. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.
12. If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point.
13. Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket is for her.
15. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.
16. Experience the serenity of traveling alone.
17. Son, Never be afraid to ask out the best-looking girl in the room.
18. Never turn down a breath mint.
19. A sport coat is worth 1000 words.
20. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.
21. Thank a veteran. Then make it up to him.
22. Eat lunch with the new kid.
23. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.
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