Parenting is Fun.

I’ve been blessed to have a few very influential men in my life, men that I look to for guidance and advice. Over the past week after Fathers Day I have been compiling a list of lessons I have learned from these men. I think it’s important for me to teach my daughter because no one else will.

20) Leave the gate like you found it. If it was open leave it open. If it’s closed, close it behind you.

19) Skinning your knee after taking the training wheels off your bike is part of the process.

18) Forgiveness is a process, always forgive others and yourself.

17) A firm handshake and eye contact makes a lasting impression.

16) Cheer loudly at baseball games, always stand up for a full-count but never participate in the wave.

15) Appreciate the beauty of where you are.

14) Just because you caught the fish doesn’t mean you should keep it.

13) Hold doors open for everyone. (But expect a man to hold the door for you.)

12) “If you’re gonna be a bear, be a grizzly.”

11) Pick your friends wisely. “Show me your friends and I will show you your future.”

10) Gaston from Beauty and the Beast was a hero and just trying to protect the village.

9) Loyalty and respect are two of the most important qualities to look for in people, especially a spouse.

8) A lot of people in life have it much, much worse than you ever will.

7) The best way to deal with a nasty bird’s nest in a bait caster is to cut your losses and retie the the lure. Time wasted is time you’ll never get back.

6) Aim small, miss small. Not only in shooting but you goals as well. Laser focused.

5) Speak your feelings, but in a way that is level-headed and encourages discourse.

4) The best way to start a campfire is with dried leaves and kindling from a pine tree….. Gasoline works pretty good too.

3) No such thing as too much practice.

2) You are beautiful.

1) It doesn’t matter what you do with your life it matters who you are, so above all else I love you for who you are unconditionally.

If you read these on the surface they are funny and witty. If you read them for what they are you will find some real true life lessons that I have carried through my 35 years. Lessons that are character building.

As always… Parenting is fun.

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