To our future Sons,

When you are in Elementary School don’t pull the cute girls hair, don’t chase her around, don’t tease her, Don’t call her names and pretend you don’t like her. Be Sweet. Be Kind. Be Gentle.

When you are in Junior High don’t follow the crowd, don’t compete with the other guys, girls are not prizes don’t treat them as such. Be an Individual. Be Respectful. Be Genuine.

When you are in High School don’t use her for experience, don’t leer and objectify her outfits, don’t over sexualize her. Be an Equal. Be a Protector. Be there for Her.

When you are in College don’t use her for fun, don’t take advantage, don’t lead her on, understand no means no. Be Honest. Be Caring. Be Patient.

When you have kids don’t teach them that “Boys will be Boys”, don’t teach them to “man up”, don’t teach them to “get some”. Teach them to be gentlemen. Teach them to uplift others. Teach them to see women as people.

From a future Mother.

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