10 Things I Want My Son to Know

10 Things I Want My Son to Know

Got a son? Check out this list of things one mom wants her little boy to know.

By Nicole Fabian-Weber

My son is still so little right now -- only 6 months old. But I'm still amazed that he's, well, my son. I grew up without brothers and barely any boy cousins, and the only child I've ever parented is my daughter. He's still so novel to me, so new, so fascinating!

When I found out I was having a boy, I felt a mixture of emotions -- nervous, excited, shocked! But, despite the cacophony of feelings I was experiencing, I knew there were at least 10 things I wanted my sweet little boy to know.

1. It's OK to like pink and glitter and tutus. Being that my son has an older sister who definitely can err on the side of traditionally girly, no doubt, the guy's going to be clad -- willingly or not -- in frilly, foofy things. If he likes it, so what?! I'll happily buy him a pink shirt if he wants one.

2. It's OK to cry. There's no two ways about it: Whether they're 1 or 41, "real men" cry.

3. When you eventually start dating, treat people with respect. I know you're so little now, but please, please, baby boy, don't be the guy who just ... stops calling.

4. Believe in something. Find something you feel passionate about, and stand up for it. Don't let anybody tell you any different about it. Have conviction, don't be swayed.

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5. Don't hop on the bandwagon -- especially if that bandwagon entails making fun of other people. That is one thing your dad and I will never tolerate: you being a bully to anyone.

6. It's OK to talk about your feelings. Some dudes can have a tendency to, you know, keep it on the surface when it comes to conversations. Don't do that, sweet boy. If you're feeling something, say it. Life is so much easier that way.


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7. Choose your friends wisely. A lot of the time, the "cool" kids at school are the ones who are the most athletic. While it's great to be involved in sports, there's more to life -- and there should be more to friends. Look for people who support you, who make you laugh, and who you can truly be yourself around.

8. Find a job you're passionate about. Yes, money is great and offers security, but it's true what they say: It doesn't buy you happiness. You don't want to wake up each morning and hate the idea of going to your job.

9. That said, be careful with your money. Learn how to budget your money. Avoid credit cards and getting into debt. Work hard and save up for a rainy day. Material items are nice, but nothing beats having a savings account.

10. Know that you will always be my baby. Some day in the probably not-so-distant future, you will be bigger than me. I don't care. I will still cuddle you in my arms like you're my baby. Because that's what you will always be.

What do you want your son to know?

Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a sweet toddler girl and a baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications. Right now, she’s probably fantasizing about sleep.

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