Dad drops some knowledge.

Tell Your Friends

I don’t claim to be Father of the Year, or know all the answers, but I got to drop a little knowledge last night.

What is it about kids that, since time immemorial, think they know everything and their parents’ advice is foolish?  I know I’m not alone in this.  Middle school is a hard time.  Friendships are made and dissolved almost overnight, and passions run hot.  I can’t get into the details without stepping on toes and embarrassing somebody, but here’s what we tried to learn last night.

  1. Just because someone’s nice to your face, does NOT mean that they’re your friend.
  2. Never say anything about someone that you wouldn’t say to their face.  It’ll come back to haunt you.
  3. If you find yourself absolutely having to say something about someone, for God’s sake don’t put it in print.
  4. Anything you put online, including texts, can and will be used against you.
  5. Text tone is notoriously difficult to read.
  6. What’s popular isn’t always right.
  7. What’s right isn’t always popular.
  8. It’s more important to be good/right than popular; even if it costs you friends.
  9. Live your life in such a way that if someone spreads something about you, your friends won’t believe it.
  10. If you find that you have hurt a friend, a heartfelt, in-person apology goes a long way.

Lots of hugs later, I’m hoping a few stuck.  It’s not the first time these themes have been discussed, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.  Parenting’s a marathon, not a sprint.  Right?

Did I miss any good ones?

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