365 Lessons For a Child
I wrote a book of life lessons, titled “365: A Year of Lessons From a 36 Year Old Father to His 5 Year Old Son”
It was fun and now Brayden and I read one lesson a day.
Here is the preface:
Brayden, I looked at you smiling on your fifth birthday and I wanted to make sure that the whole world could be yours someday. Something went off inside my head that I wanted to do my best to give you all of the advice that would help you be smart, happy, nice, tough, well prepared, polite and most of all so that you could keep that smile the rest of your life. I started that day, July 8th, coming up with little tips or ideas that I would give to you, and the ideas just kept coming and have built up over the last 365 days. This fun project let me think about you all day long and I was constantly taking notes on airplanes, scrap paper, at work, in the car and even when I was falling asleep. This has also been fun to share with your mom, grandma (nania) and grandpa (babba’), auntie Angie, uncle Joey, Pops and Grandma Sally, Jack, Matt, Sean, Diane, Kevin and just about all of my close friends. This project actually turned into an adventure for me too, since I got to see what my friends thought about when they looked at their own kids or at their family and friends – in the end, I’d guess that I collected hundreds of amazing tips from people that I trust and that I love. The challenge was whittling it down to just 365 lessons that I thought were well suited for you. In the end, here it is. 365 life lessons for you.
Many of them will make more sense later on in your life, but I really hope that you like these tips and that they’ll help you a little bit on the journey of your own life.
Most importantly – laugh a lot, be in love, learn new things every day, be kinder than you think you need to be, don’t stay down for too long, never let someone tell you that you cannot accomplish something that you believe in, follow your heart… and keep smiling all of your life.
I love you.