Wisdom to and from men who share a very special bond

A good father passes on more than just his last name to his son. Share your knowledge and life tips with your son, letting him know you will always be by his side, with these ideas as your guide.

Celebrate life’s many milestones with your son:

Entering kindergarten: I wish for you to meet many friends as you discover who you are and what you enjoy. I wish you plenty of time doing things you love. What you do today will help form the man you will become. I wish you all the support you need on your journey.

On his 10th birthday: I wish for you endless curiosity to discover new paths. I wish for you to ask both “why” and “why not” and seek the answers with wild abandon.

Entering high school: I wish for you the wisdom and strength to embrace adventure yet make smart decisions. I wish for you loyal friends, intelligent and caring teachers, and enough challenges that you learn to understand the importance of hard work.

High school graduation: I wish for you to hold tight the passions you enjoyed as a younger child – whether it’s building blocks or baseball. The closer you remain to these core passions as you grow, finding age-appropriate parallels, the happier and more successful you will be.

Entering college: You may not know what path you want to take. I wish for you the courage to follow your heart, and know I’m here if you stumble. I may let you fall, but it’s only because I have faith you can get back up. I wish for you to have that same faith in yourself.

First job: I wish for you the wisdom to be nice to those you pass on the way up—you may encounter them on the way down. I wish for you the ability to work as part of a team, but also to think independently and not need the approval of your team to do your best work.

Marriage: I wish for you to know the secret: “Happy partner, happy life.” I wish for you the strength to admit when you’re wrong, and to learn the art of compromise, even when you know you’re right.

You can also share time-tested words of wisdom:

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein

Be truthful all the time. When it comes down to it, your words and actions are all you have.

Share advice for meeting some of life’s challenges:

  • Recovering from a bad break-up
  • Facing a friend’s death
  • Job loss
  • Financial struggles
  • Illness

Congratulate your son on his happiest times:

Share your own life story to guide your son

Consider framing your advice within your own life story, complete with videos and pictures that will make your history and the memories you made with your son come to life.

Set up Lifetime Wishes to celebrate the special relationship between a father and son. Start now!