16 Things I Want My Nephew To Know

My nephew. At 2-years-old he is already the light of my life. My heart aches when I have to be away from him, and bursts with pride when we’re finally reunited. No tantrum could make me love him less, but as the years go on there are so many obstacles trying to make him stray from his perfect, innocent path. Growing up is unavoidable, but if I can teach him these things, hopefully he can make it out the other side just as marvelous as his is now.

1. Smile at everyone you meet

2. Manners cost nothing: Please & thank you can take you far in life

3. Don’t follow the crowd: Those cool boys wont be cool forever. Don’t do something you’re going to regret because everybody else it.

4. Be nice to girls: Don’t mess them around, don’t cheat, don’t play them off each other.

5. Be nice to everyone for that matter: Include the new boy, chat to someone who looks lonely, don’t say mean things.

6. DO NOT overshare on social media: No matter how tempting it is to post to make your life look good. Do not post anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see. Trust me.

7. Be humble: Don’t brag, don’t name drop, be proud of your achievements doesn’t mean having to rub it in someone’s face.

8. Tip your servers

9. Eat your vegetables

10. Study hard: Slightly (very) hypocritical of me, but please learn when it’s important and just do – take it from the Queen of procrastination

11. But also have fun: Don’t sacrifice your school or university years. I probably didn’t work hard enough but I enjoyed it so much. The work is definitely important but so are the memories

12. Have safe sex: Don’t be stupid

13. Explore: Travel the world, travel the country, get to know your city inside out. Try new foods.

14. Sometime just say “fuck it, why not?”: Do things that scare you, take risks. Some of the best decisions are spontaneous ones.

15. Your parents really aren’t always against you: They care for you more than you will ever know

16. I love you: I didn’t know how much I could love until I held you in my arms. At the moment, I can’t even imagine loving anyone more. Never forget that. Even when you’re all grown up and it’s not cool to be friends with your aunt, you will always be my #1. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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