In a world demonizing masculinity and glorifying victimhood, its never been more important to raise strong offspring. A Dad’s influence on his kids is paramount, and data backs up the claim. Results from a sample of 835 juvenile male inmates found that father absence was the only disadvantage on the individual level with significant effects on gun carrying, drug trafficking, and co-occurring behavior. Individuals from father absent homes were found to be 279% more likely to carry guns and deal drugs than peers living with their fathers. For those dedicated fathers, we have compiled a list of thirty fatherly rules to raise strong sons. The world needs strong men, and these rules can establish a framework for good parenting.
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. You marry the girl, you marry her family.
13. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.
14. Experience the serenity of traveling alone.
15. Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room.
16. Never turn down a breath mint.
17. A well tailored sport coat is worth 1000 words.
18. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.
19. Thank a veteran. Then make it up to him.
20. Eat lunch with the new kid.
21. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.
22. Ask your mom to play. She won’t let you win.
23. Manners maketh the man.
24. Give credit when earned.
25. Stand up to Bullies. If you can, protect those who are being bullied.
26. Write down your dreams.
27. Always stand up for your siblings (and teammates).
28. Be confident and humble at the same time.
29. Call and visit your parents often. They miss you.
30. The healthiest relationships are those where you’re a team; where you respect, protect, and stand up for each other.
The world needs strong men.
-Your Big Bro