Advice to give your son

Your son will grow up to be a man someday and he will need to navigate the world by himself. Here are 8 pieces of advice you should give him to become a better and stronger person.

There is No Substitute for Hard Work

Life will present several shortcuts to do things. However, you should always question whether this shortcut is the right way to move forward and worth taking the risk.

Life is a marathon. Do not hold back yourself from putting effort into achieving your goals. Hard work always pays in the long run.

Respect People

Our patriarchal society usually puts men on a pedestal leading to believe that they are superior to women. Break this stereotype. Treat every woman in your life respectfully and equally.

You should also respect every person in your life, be it elders, children, employees, colleagues or friends.

Be a Gentleman

Act like a real gentleman. Your actions, words and manners should be such that people know that chivalry is not dead. Be honest and authentic in whatever you do. Always dress up smartly and present yourself well in both appearance and character. Do not do anything immoral or illegal.

Do Not Take up Bad Habits

Stay away from cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, gambling and other bad habits no matter how much stress or peer pressure you face. These things will adversely impact your health, shorten your lifespan, and may ruin your relationships.

Be Smart with Money

When you start earning money, you will feel a sense of freedom and an urge to spend it all. However, the wisest thing to do is to save first and spend later. Start investing your money in good financial schemes early on so that you build a sizeable corpus by the time you marry, have kids, or retire.

Make Time for Your Health

Personal and professional responsibilities may take up most of your time. But, don’t ignore your health in the process. Dedicate a few hours a week doing some form of exercise. Whenever you feel things are overwhelming you, take a pause.

Be Compassionate

The world needs more kind people to reduce the suffering. Don’t let your ego, anger, frustration or superiority come in between you and others. Show compassion and empathy to people at every chance you get. Forgive others and ask for forgiveness. Be humble.

Love and Trust Your Family

Family is above everything else. It is the family that you can always depend on in the toughest times. They will have your back. So, do not take your loved ones for granted.

Can you resonate with these life lessons for your son?

About Smita Omar

Smita is an ex banker who voluntary said adiós to a high flying career to explore the rocky yet beautiful terrain of motherhood. When she is not busy juggling between her naughty daughter and foodie husband, you can find her donning the hat of a freelance content developer-editor to keep her sanity intact. She has been a Work-From-Home-Mother for 8 years and turns to meditation when the going gets tough.

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