25+ Life Lessons for my Kids

There’s so many things I’d want to tell my kids if I could just sit them down and talk with them… if I told my kids EVERYTHING I ever wanted to tell them.. all at once. Well they’d never ever sit still long enough… and truthfully neither would I. On this Fathers Day weekend I decided to write it down… to start the list anyway… in hopes that someday they will read it..

you really CAN be most anything you want to be in life but it requires passion and sacrifice and hard work… nothing will be given to you for free..

do what makes you happy… a good boss once told me you better love what you do… because life’s too short if you don’t.

there is nothing better than warm underwear right out of the dryer

boxers. not briefs.

be caring to other people.. It sounds easy enough but so often we forget the simplest things… wounds last for YEARS and words can’t be undone

unplug. it’s been the hardest lesson for me as an adult and one that I fail repeatedly… it will be even harder for you as social media evolves… but unplug (after you read this)

sometimes bad things happen… they just do… but the sun will always rise in the morning.. and things WILL eventually get better

walk down the street and just stop… close your eyes and breathe in once in a while

get fresh bread that’s still warm from the bakery and just bury your face in it once…

forgive Sylvester Stallone for Rocky 5… everyone knows it was a mistake…

flip the pillow to the cool side for the best sleep

don’t be afraid to eat the kids’ meal at fancy functions… kids know what they’re talking about and chicken nuggets & hot dogs trump rubber hotel chicken most any day

when you find the love of your life… you’ll know it… make sure they know it too every once in a while

hiring a violinist when you’re going to propose can be a big hit.. I speak from experience…

don’t EVER throw out your entire collection of Star Wars action figures when you go through a phase thinking they’re totally uncool (hypothetically)

baseball cards used to come with sticks of gum inside… don’t try and eat the gum after 25 years of the baseball cards sitting in storage (hypothetically)

someone always has more and better and bigger… it’s a hamster wheel you can never compete with so why bother trying

regular OREOs and peanut M&M’s will always be best

couples share EVERYTHING but razors and toothbrushes are deal breakers

don’t trust someone who says “trust me”

enjoy all your hair while you have it… enjoy mine while I have it too

socks will always go into the wash in pairs… and then one will inevitably disappear

“Stairway To Heaven” is an awkward slow song to dance to because it gets all fast at the end

don’t ever drink and drive… just don’t… it’s stupid

if someone ever lays a hand on you and then says they love you… they are lying and they are abusers and they need to be kicked to the curb

remember you are always beautiful inside and out and don’t waste your time on anyone who thinks otherwise

family is everything… everything

you will be sisters for a lifetime.. don’t you forget it.. sisters

I’ll be your dad forever.. wherever we are… however life’s story unfolds.. I’ll be your dad forever and don’t you forget it


I’m going to keep adding to the list… what would YOU add


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5 Responses to 25+ Life Lessons for my Kids

  1. That it’s OK to get in trouble sometimes, especially if it’s because you are standing up for yourself. It’s OK to get mad sometimes, and also OK–better than OK–to let it go.

  2. Dan says:

    Thank you Pete, that was beautiful. I loved the baseball cards one LOL!

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