By: Shannon Ralph
I am the proud parent of a lovely—though occasionally smelly—young man. At 12 years old, my son is on the cusp of puberty. And we all know where puberty leads—yep, manhood. Ahhh…manhood. That oft-revered state of autonomy and self-reliance that all boys dream of achieving. The point in time when a boy leaves his parents’ home and begins to lead a successful, productive life of his own making. Maybe he gets married. Maybe he has kids. Maybe he makes his first million by the time he’s 25. Regardless of the path he chooses, a man makes his own way in the world.
I adore my son. I truly do. I have to admit, however, to occasionally coddling the kid (because of said adoration), which I realize is a great disservice to his future girlfriend/wife/children. As such, I have made a list of the things I intend to teach my son how to do before I inflict him on an unsuspecting world.
They are, in no particular order:
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