Friday, April 20, 2012

Tips for the Boy Appreciated

excitable tips uncool dad blogExcitable, formerly known as Thing 2 to you old-school “Uncool” types, hits double digits in a month.

The big 1-0.

Dear Lord, I’m frickin’ OLD!

But this is not about me. It’s about him.

On his 6th birthday, I offered him a mess of life lessons on this blog. Hence, four years later, I’m tapped out. Drained. Spent. Pffffffft.

Here and at DadCentric yesterday, I asked readers to give my boy some advice for his 10th year on Earth and (cue cavernous echo effect) BEEEEE-YOOOOOoooond.

So pass on your words of wisdom to the boy in the comments. He probably won’t heed them, but he doesn’t listen much to me either these days.

Go on. I dares ya!

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22 comments:

  1. There are a Lot of things you won't really want to do or learn. The More you don't want to do it, the Harder you must try to Master it! The point with All of it is: Equipping yourself to face a world where many things change & to keep up, you have to Master Many things.

    You will find that, if you Apply yourself to Anything, it will become easier.

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  2. I couldn't think of anything over on DC and today, I actually clicked over to read you advice to your then 6-year old Thing 2.

    What you wrote to him when he was 6 is even more appropriate now that he's turning 10. Hell, he might even understand some of it now. No, he won't retain it. Good gawd, man! You can't work miracles with a 10-year old.

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    1. I also can't work my daughter's iPhone.

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    2. I can't work my droid. Is there a shame club for the 'smart-phone' challenged?

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  3. With all my wisdom of 10 year old boys, I guess I'd tell him:
    Most of your friends are full of crap - they brag and lie and exaggerate.
    Be nice to the nerds in class.
    Be nice to the girls in class.
    Just be nice in general.

    Man - I suck with this advice thing.

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    1. I believe I'm misquoting "The Producers" here is saying: "It's nice when nice happens to nice people."

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  4. you don't have to be great, you don't even have to be good. but you have to try. if you try very hard, that's not only enough, that's everything.

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    1. Isn't there a Chinese proverb that "there is no 'try,' only 'do'"? Or is that from "The Karate Kid"?

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  5. Never, and I mean, never use number 11 or any of the 13 bad words!

    (if he's a Spongebob fan, he'll get the reference)

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    1. He is a fan, so he'll need to explain this one to me.

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  6. It's not a dress rehearsal. Life only comes at you once. So grab on tight, enjoy the ride, and end up exhausted, screaming "Damn that was fun!"

    Also, your father is always right. He's been there. He's made all those mistakes already. Same both of you the argument and just agree with him.

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    1. I usually use that last bit of advice in regards to my wife.

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  7. Mother Sea and Father Time

    Time is a river:
    Every river has his mouth to the sea,
    And his cycle back home from her.


    Happy Earth Day!

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    1. It's nice when people class up this joint with deep thoughts. Thanks, Dillon.

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  8. See at least one Broadway play in your life. And when you visit NYC put your wallet in your front pocket.

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    1. No better source for that last bit of advice. Because you are a cop, not a pickpocket.

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  9. It can't be said enough: kiss, ask out, text, what ever kids do, just one girl you think is out of your league. No matter what happens after you do, you will forever be a better man.

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  10. Kiss at least one girl you think is out of your league. No matter what happens you'll be a better man one day for it.
    And always wear a shirt when cooking bacon.

    The second thing is more learning from my mistake than life advice.

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  11. *one week late* : Stay at home and write a blog. Time-tested formula, compatible with your genetics.

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