I started this project on September 9, 2011, and over a year later I compiled a list of 50 rules for my future son. These are “rules” in a very loose sense, and are mostly tongue and cheek, but others are more serious. Some are well-written, some are badly-written; however, they’re all written with the intention of my future son (or daughter, frankly) having a compilation of things I wanted to tell him before he existed.
This project was largely inspired by blog-turned-book “Rules for my Unborn Son,” which I think is a hilarious read in itself. However, the work left some stuff to be desired, and I wanted to make my own version of it, for my own son. While 50 articles is hardly enough for a book, and these letters are hardly of the highest quality, I had fun doing this nonetheless.
[Edit: I've gotten a lot of grief through email as a result of this series about how I'm too restrictive, I should let my child be who they are, and whatnot. This is not a list prohibitions and permissions, and if you only read the headlines I can see why one would believe it's so. Rather, this list contains certain principles and ideas that are more important than the brief title atop them. It's these principles and ideas that are important to me, not the "rules" themselves. One can learn the principle, "Be nice to foodservers," without actually following the rule about working in foodservice for a year. One can learn the principle, "The quickest method is not always the best method," without following the rule about shaving properly. The point of these rules is to encompass these principles in real-world applications, not to prematurely set boundaries and restrictions on a child who doesn't yet exist.]
Without further ado, here is a full list of my first 50 rules for my future son:
Thank you for your support over these 50 rules, and I can’t wait to make a second index after my next 50. Enjoy.