“. We have done our best, with God’s help to raise two very responsible, loving and giving young men whom I couldn’t be more proud of but parenting sons isn’t easy. Now at ages 18 and 20 I know they will soon be out of my house for good and it never hurts to send some words of wisdom with them out into the world. “50 Rules for Sons” is exactly that, a book of wisdom, that started as a letter from a father to his high school graduate son.
In the first half of the book, the 50 rules are listed quickly, independent of any explanation—a format that appeals to the younger, 140-character generation. At the end, Tim gives the back story to each rule, explaining his personal life experience that makes the rule so relevant.
Tim’s advice covers the serious (Like yourself because most of your life your only company is yourself), and the more playful (Don’t bring home stray kittens). It reminds young men to be strong in their convictions, but humble in life. It encourages them to do good in the world as much as they do well. He also advises people to always have cash and a toothbrush on hand. Taken from a lifetime of both failure and success, Tim’s words are powerful tools to help sons of all ages and backgrounds grow and mature into their best.
My Favorite Rules
13 “Time is your only commodity. Don’t waste it. And don’t give it to people or projects that don’t respect it.”
24 “If you want to get a tattoo, go to your closet and pick out your favorite shirt. Wear it every day and every night for 2 years. If you’re not tired of wearing it after 2 years, go get your tattoo.”
28 “If the police officer or professor are talking, you’re listening.”
42 “If you see someone who is alone, go out of your way to tell them hello.”
In the back half of the book where Tim expounds on the backstory for each rule I agree 100% with his story about rule number 24 about the tattoo. I am not a tattoo person, I have never seen one on anyone that I have liked but that is my opinion. The basis of Tim’s story is the fact that life is transitory. He says, “Your life is a series of stages, each one of which, if you’re lucky, you’ll outgrow.”
“50 Rules For Sons” will make a great gift for that son turning 16 or 18 or 21, for a high school or college graduate or for the college freshman starting out life away from home.
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Disclosure: I reviewed a PDF version of this book but I will be receiving a copy of my own. There are affiliate links in this post. All opinions are 100% mine.