Ten bits of advice I have given to my kids

I see it as a part of being a ‘good dad’ to give your kids fatherly advice from time to time, to  make sure that they stay on the right track.

Here is my list:

1. Be happy. In your home life and at work. Love and be loved. Life is short, so make the most of it. If you are unhappy, change it. Know when things are rescuable and have the sense to work out when they are not.

2. Get good friends. Ones that stick with you through the years. Be a good listener and take time to meet up with them.

3. Always give it 100% whatever you are doing. That goes for work and your social life – you will get more out of it, honestly. Be patient. Always do what’s right. Don’t stand by and watch when the wrong thing happens.

4. Care about what is happening in the world. Think about politics – don’t be tribal about it, think about your values and vote for the party that most closely matches them. Always vote, even if it’s for the least bad candidate.

5. Treat education like a long term quest for knowledge, not a short-term goal to get that first leg up in life.

6. Try not to do anything stupid. Think twice before you do something that you might regret later. Don’t take that as an excuse not to push the boundaries a bit. Stay within the law.

7. Enjoy sport. Find something you can do and are passable at – and stick with it. Pick a sports team, follow their results and watch matches when you can. Care about what happens to them.

8. Treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself. Care about people with less going for themselves than you.

9. Be accepting of other people’s opinions and beliefs.

10. Family comes first. Take time to listen to them. Take time to be with them. Try not to get too frustrated with them.

Finally, make some time for your parents in their dotage – remember I was like you once, and I wasn’t perfect either.

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