The Sonia Show

Writer. Mocker. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

How to raise a good man


Yeah, so, sometimes I think there is a shortage of men out there. Oh sure, there are a lot of guys out there, but not a lot of men.

I really hope David and I are raising a good man. I mean, I have no reason to think Calvin won’t be a good man. His father is a mighty, mighty good man; the best man I have ever known. It’s in Calvin’s genes to be a good man.

Late at night while I’m feeding the Spawn, I think about all the things I want for him; all the things I hope he will be. And I hope David and I are around to teach him everything he needs to know to make it in the world and be a good person. But just in case we’re not, I’ve started a list of things that it’s important for our son to know; things I hope will help him be a good man.

  • Be tolerant. Be generous. Be understanding.
  • You can stand up for yourself without being a bully.
  • Ask questions and listen to the answers.
  • Don’t appear on a reality show. But if you have an overwhelming desire to, make sure it’s something like “The Amazing Race” or “Top Chef” and not a show with the words “Real Housewives” in it or a show on TLC, E! or MTV.
  • Give compliments.
  • Sweatpants are for the gym. Don’t wear them in restaurants and bars, and definitely do not wear them on a date.
  • Middle school and high school don’t last forever. Be yourself. Seriously, who cares what those people think?
  • When you’re parking your car, don’t take up more than one spot like an asshole.
  • There’s a difference between “your” and “you’re.” “Your” is possessive. “You’re” is a contraction of “you are.”
  • Laugh.
  • When it comes to dating, don’t toy with people’s emotions. If a woman or a man is into you, but you are not into them, let them know. Be kind but be honest.
  • If you hook up with someone, you should call the next day.
  • Along those same lines, don’t be a cheater. Keep it in your pants.
  • Don’t take photos of your junk and send them to people. And, please don’t make a sex tape.
  • Vote.
  • When you ride public transportation, give up your seat for the elderly and pregnant women.
  • Don’t talk or text during a movie. It’s rude.
  • Listen to your heart, but always follow your gut.
  • After you move out, call and visit your parents. We’ll miss you.

Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

3 thoughts on “How to raise a good man

  1. So I’ve been thinking about posting this since the Spawn’s arrival, but I didn’t want to appear a creepy internet stalker… and yet, what else is the internet for? Anyway, just wanted to say congratulations and well-named! Our Calvin will be three in January and so far we’ve only met one other (and he was actually on the verge of adolescence). We think it’s a solid yet interesting moniker – and so far, our Calvin has been pretty much all kinds of awesome, so I hope yours is, too.

  2. I’m just going to be lucky if there is a word for either of those things other than “ur” by the time Calvin is of an age to use them. 😉

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