boy The other day someone asked me how old my son was, and for some reason -- even though he turned 9 back in August -- it hit me: I'm halfway done raising him. And then the tears started flowing as the stranger looked on like I was a lunatic.

People always say "it goes so fast," but the truth is it doesn't always feel like it during some of the long, exhausting days. But stepping back and realizing how little time we have to teach them so much, you realize how true it is, and how you really need to know what it is you want to teach them because too soon they'll be out on their own.

So when #ToMyFutureSon started trending on Twitter today, I couldn't stop reading the things other people want to teach their future children. Some were just silly and pretty funny, but others made me think about how I have or haven't been working on these things. Here are 10 of the countless things people want their boys to know before they're grown.

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1. "I promise to be there for you, to lend you a listening ear and hear you out like a friend, not parent. You can trust me." -- @angyonghui_

2. "stay true to one woman, show love to one woman, be faithful to one woman. And she'll be yours forever." -- @aWonderOfLove

3. "Dont smoke, Dont drink, Dont do drugs.......just wear condoms" -- @RalphhJustin

4. "you will treat every girl with respect. Old or young. You will be a gentleman, not a punk." -- @TheFaithAsh

5. "No one loves you more than me, little guy.:" -- @lliamjazreinll

6. "feet to the ground, eyes to the heavens." -- @CarpiceTV

7. "Don't make your mom cry." -- @AsheeqRazak

8. "the only picture you'll ask from a girl is a picture of your homework assignment. Keep it classy, kiddo!" -- @cakedjake

9. "Don't hit women, don't disrespect women, and definitely don't abandon your children!!" -- @EcheMadubuike

10. "Your first phone, is gonna be a flip-phone. Idgaf if the iPhone15 is out by then, YOU MUST KNOW THE STRUGGLE!" -- @Ratchet2English

What things do you want to teach your son?

 

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