Hindsight's 20/20. And when we moms are giving birth to our babies, and it's the very-very beginning of their brand-new lives, we have the benefit of years of life experience to inform everything we do, say, think. Our kids will have to learn as they go, at their own pace and on their own terms, just as we did.
But what would we want to tell our sons and daughters about life (and have it sink in) if we could? I just read a cute post by a well-meaning daddy on Babble about just that -- 50 Rules for My Unborn Son (excerpted from the site 1001 Rules for my Unborn Son.)
Here are some highlights, and some rules of my own.
Here are some things the Babble writer would like his son to do and know about life:
You are what you do, not what you say.
Offer your seat to a woman, no matter how old she is.
Spend time with your mother. She's cooler than you think.
Keep your room clean. One day you'll have roommates.
When singing karaoke, choose a song within your range.
Don't litter. Ever.
And here are some rules for my son and daughter -- yo, listen up!
Be adventurous -- trying new things is fun.
Dance and sing -- it'll keep you young at heart.
Laugh a lot.
Be good to each other -- you're in this together.
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Learn to cook -- it's useful and fun.
Tell the truth.
What about you? What would you tell your unborn (or already here1) children about life?