Over the last week or so, I have seen a few dads on Facebook post a list of “Rules For My Son(s)”. I don’t know what the source of these rules is, but I do know I have seen the same set of rules posted by different dads. This is fine, but those rules have little to do with me.
That’s because I have daughters. Two of them, in fact.
So, I decided that my girls needed a set of rules, too, and I sat down to come up with some guidelines. Some of these are specifically for girls, Some of them are more general. Some of them are humorous. Some of them even play upon things I have heard elsewhere.
All of them are based in common sense.
Feel free to take some, or all of these, for your own use. You’re Welcome.
Rules For My Daughters…
1. Never refuse the chance to have ice cream. You can never be in a bad mood when you are eating ice cream.
2. You each have just one sister. Be friends with each other. This will really help out when it comes to sharing clothes. Or, if some day, one of you needs a kidney.
3. Don’t ever be late. For anything. In fact, be 10 minutes early.
4. Get a AAA membership. But know how to change a flat tire, anyway. Your cellphone battery might be dead and you’ll be unable to call AAA.
5. That said…Always keep your cellphone plugged into a car charger when you are driving.
6. You have no excuse for ever running out of gas. That thing on the dashboard with the “E” on one side and the “F” on the other? It tells you how much gas is in the tank. When it gets to the quarter-tank mark, pull off the road and fill up.
7. You want to date someone, fine. But I have to meet him before you go out. And I maintain the right of first refusal on the guy.
8. Same things apply for a girl, too.
9. If you are supposed to be home by 10, you will be home by 10.
10. Do I need to repeat Rule No. 9? No? Good. Be home by 10.
11. Always buy the best seat you can afford at the ballgame.
12. When someone puts a specific song on, that means they want to hear that song. Don’t talk over the song while it’s playing. Especially when that song is Boston’s “More Than A Feeling.”
13. Cast-iron skillets. You can cook anything on one and it will outlast you, your children, and your children’s children. And it’s not a bad weapon, either, if you need it.
14. Never go to bed with a sink full of dirty dishes.
15. Hawaii is always a good idea.
16. Accepting a gesture of politeness does not make you look weak. So, let the man hold the door open for you.
17. When you are older, you will learn the value of keeping a good curse word chambered for emergency use.
18. Pick up those AA batteries when you’re at the store. You will need them for something.
19. Always raise your hand in class.
20. Help the kid who can’t figure out the answer. Don’t give him or her the answer, but show them how to get there.
21. When you meet your friends’ parents, or any other adults, it’s always Mr. or Mrs. (Last Name). If they say you can call them by their first names, it’s still always, Mr. or Mrs. (Last Name).
22. No one ever gets tired of hearing the words “Please” and “Thank you.”
23. Sometimes, you will have to judge someone. And they will deserve it.
24. A roll of duct tape, a pair of Channellock pliers and a good hammer. Almost anything can be fixed at least temporarily with one of those items.
25. Take $1,000. Hide it somewhere in the house. And don’t tell anyone else where it is.
26. Know that it’s OK to feel humble.
27. Some places where it’s OK to feel humble: Mt. Rushmore, Niagara Falls, Arlington National Cemetery, the Eiffel Tower and when you get home from the hospital after having your first child.
28. It’s better to take a steak off the grill 10 minutes early than leave it on one minute too long.
29. At times, there will be girls that are prettier than you, smarter than you, and better than you in school. Accept those situations. Because there will be times when you will be one of those girls who is prettier, smarter and better in school than someone else. And remember how it felt the other way.
30. Sorry, but you don’t always get your way.
31. Sometimes, you can say more with less. Want an example? Read the Gettysburg Address. It’s only about 260 words long.
32. Memorize the Gettysburg Address.
33. When you have to put your shoulder into closing your dresser drawers, it’s time to donate some of your clothes to charity.
34. Always tip your haircutter, your bartender, your garbage man, and if you see him, the pilot of any plane you fly in.
35. On a hot summer day, you will never regret drinking an ice-cold Coke.