Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dear Son: I Want You to Know

Today's prompt for #LoveBlog is role models. I have always had a hard time picking out who my role models are so this was a bit of a difficult prompt for me - until I realized that I'm now in the position to be a role model for my son. I've always known what I would want to teach a daughter (to be strong and independent), but I'd never really thought about what I would want to teach a son. So, I thought I'd use this post as an opportunity to reflect on what I want my son to know about life and how to navigate it with kindness.

Dear Son,

I want you to know that I'll always be there for you. I won't always do things for you because I believe in independence but I will be there to cheer you on and support you in your endeavors.

I want you to know how to respect others no matter how different they may seem. Skin color and gender shouldn't influence your opinion of a person. Rather, I want you to make judgements about people based on their morals and actions. You're not always going to get along with everyone but I do hope you'll give everyone a fair shot at earning your respect.

I want you to know how to be kind and caring towards those you love - whether they are human or animal. I hope you'll understand the importance of always showing this love as well. You're better to show too much love than to let someone pass through your life because they never knew their importance.

I want you to have values and inner morals that guide you in making decisions. I hope to set a good example in this area since I know that I'm your first (and possibly one of your most important) role models.

I want you to know that you are loved and will always be my little boy - no matter how old you get. There will always be a special place for you in my heart and in my life.

Your Momma

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