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Rules for My Unborn Son

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(I promise, there is nothing subliminal in the title of this post. I'm not hinting at anything.)

But I am LOVING this book
that arrived in the mail last week. It is written by Walker Lamond and each page holds bits of wisdom that he has written for….his unborn son. 

from Rules For My Unborn Son

From St. Martin's Press, it is called, Rules for My Unborn Son
.

Here are a few samples, though it was hard to pick just a few. Things every man and boy should know, don't you think? :

Never pack more than you can carry yourself.

Be a vigorous dancer. However, you're under no obligation to join a conga line.

Don't pose with booze.

Don't shout out requests at rock shows.

You can't cram for a dental exam.

Have a signature dish, even if it's only one.

Write letters. On paper.

Take your sunglasses off indoors. This includes elevators and planes.

Be nice to your sister. You are her cheerleader, confidante, and bodyguard.

Never respond to a critic in writing.

from Rules for My Unborn Son

This book is packed with great advice and wisdom. Dan and I found ourselves sitting at the dinner table a few nights ago reading and nodding our heads as we flipped through every page. It made me wonder what advice I'd put in a book for my daughters. It made me wish the book were required reading for manhood. 

I think it would make a great shower gift, a great birthday gift, a great father's day gift. I'm adding it to my list and sending my copy on to one of my favorite men, as soon as I read it a few more times. 

from Rules for My Unborn Son

And who knows, I may be asking for it back in a few weeks time….

I'm curious, what advice would you put in a book for your son or daughter?What bits of wisdom would you want them to carry through life?

good reading

(I promise, there is nothing subliminal in the title of this post. I'm not hinting at anything.)

But I am LOVING this book
that arrived in the mail last week. It is written by Walker Lamond and each page holds bits of wisdom that he has written for….his unborn son. 

from Rules For My Unborn Son

From St. Martin's Press, it is called, Rules for My Unborn Son
.

Here are a few samples, though it was hard to pick just a few. Things every man and boy should know, don't you think? :

Never pack more than you can carry yourself.

Be a vigorous dancer. However, you're under no obligation to join a conga line.

Don't pose with booze.

Don't shout out requests at rock shows.

You can't cram for a dental exam.

Have a signature dish, even if it's only one.

Write letters. On paper.

Take your sunglasses off indoors. This includes elevators and planes.

Be nice to your sister. You are her cheerleader, confidante, and bodyguard.

Never respond to a critic in writing.

from Rules for My Unborn Son

This book is packed with great advice and wisdom. Dan and I found ourselves sitting at the dinner table a few nights ago reading and nodding our heads as we flipped through every page. It made me wonder what advice I'd put in a book for my daughters. It made me wish the book were required reading for manhood. 

I think it would make a great shower gift, a great birthday gift, a great father's day gift. I'm adding it to my list and sending my copy on to one of my favorite men, as soon as I read it a few more times. 

from Rules for My Unborn Son

And who knows, I may be asking for it back in a few weeks time….

I'm curious, what advice would you put in a book for your son or daughter?What bits of wisdom would you want them to carry through life?

20 comments on “Rules for My Unborn Son”

  1. Being the mother of (almost) three boys (the third is due in two months!), I am totally drawn to this book. I simply must obtain a copy! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. It is OK to cry. Crying doesn’t mean you are less of a man, sometimes it makes you more of one.

    Be kind.

    Love yourself first.

  3. Fantastic book–I hope to get a look at it soon. There is a blog out there called “500 pieces of advice for my baby daughter” (or something close). It’s really good!

  4. for my girl:

    Nothing is as important as what you are doing right. now.

    Yes, you may have the music up louder.

    Remember that Ws are Ms upside down… you taught me that. You simply have to look at things a little differently.

    Not talking does not mean not communicating.

    There are a million beautifuls.

  5. this is such a great post! i can’t wait to find this book.

    “don’t be afraid to walk away from a situation that is bad for you.”

    “takes lots of pictures.”

    “learn to like hanging out with yourself.”

  6. For my eight year old daughter Jane:

    be compassionate. It is important to be there for others and treat them well.

    be silly. It is so important to find joy in the small things of life.

    challenge yourself. You are a wonderfully special daughter… challenge yourself to do wonderfully exciting things!

    For my 19 month olf daughter Eleanor:

    be gentle. Hitting and throwing is not the path to choose.

    give hugs and kisses. You will only be little for a short while and it soothes me more than you know!

    carry our love with you as you grow….

  7. Boys need to be taught to hold the door open for women ! I seriously think my husband is the only man in our town who performs this simple act of chivalry. In the doctor’s office the other day, to my amazement, I witnessed a male pharmeceutical sales rep in a suit wait for the woman he was with to open the door for him .

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