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