Raising kids is a challenge in our modern era. More so than ever before as we learn from the past and re-shape the future.
Parents of girls face countless obstacles to address from body image, to consent, to the glass ceiling, and most of them are doing an amazing job raising strong, intelligent young women.
As the father of a beautiful boy though, I am on a quest to raise a good man - one who is kind, thoughtful and well-rounded but still strong and proud of who he is.
Raising a good boy to become a good man is a great responsibility, but it is also a wonderful privilege - one that I am determined to do to the very best of my abilities.
My goal is to raise the kind of man that will make the world a better place, a lofty aspiration indeed, but I figure it's worth the effort.
Here are 25 things I want him to know.
If science fiction has taught us anything, it is that imagination can become reality.
Don't let challenges stop you from achieving the life you want.
You are uniquely you and that means something.
Don't let your ego rule your life.
A man should always be able to feed himself and his family.
Making and fixing and making things with your own hands is an invaluable skill.
You don't have to be an athlete but it's important to be active, be competitive and be a team player.
Do your dishes, fold your clothes and scrub the toilet. You need to be able to look after yourself.
Don't let outside forces like the media and peers tell you what's attractive to you.
A party is always more fun if you can move to the music and no-one hates a dancer.
Clear, unambiguous consent is mandatory, every time. No exceptions.
Always take the time to help people in need. If not for the grace of God...
It is the only home we have.
Holding doors never goes out of style. For women, men or children. Courtesy is the secret to a connected society.
Your handshake tells people all they need to know.
Look people in the eye. Smile. Talk. Listen.
Not just with strangers, but with those close to you. It shows that you are thinking of them consciously.
It's not just about waiting for your turn to speak, it's about hearing what someone has to say.
There is always more to know. Ask questions. Be curious.
Never be too proud to admit when you've made a mistake and take action to right your wrongs.
Don't be afraid to show emotions other than anger. It actually is okay to cry.
Never underestimate the value of a sense of humour.
Words are meaningless without action. Be a man of action.
Stand up for yourself, and stand up for others.
Do the right thing even when it's difficult.
Shouldn't be too hard...