Things I want for my sons:

by Rod Smith

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• That they will be generous men offering time and talent and financial help to worthy causes.

• That they have a growing and accurate perception of their active role in establishing the lives they want.

• That all their relationships, from intimate to formal to casual, are respectful, mutual, and equal.

• That they will not blame others or circumstances when they face inevitable hurdles and troubles.

• That they will never lose touch with their humanity, not to religion, to the pursuit of wealth, or the pursuit of status or power.

• That they will have the resilient respect for themselves and therefore deepest regard for others.

• That they will treasure the memories of their imperfect childhoods.

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