Raising children of any gender is a challenge in our modern era. Parents of girls face countless obstacles from body image to glass ceilings, and I think many of them are doing a wonderful job raising strong, intelligent young women. Therefore, as the parent of two beautiful boys, I am on a quest to raise gentlemen—kind, thoughtful, well-rounded modern men worthy of awesome, empowered modern women.
Raising boys to become men is a great responsibility, one that at times feels overwhelming, but I consider it 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 men that will make the world a better place, a lofty aspiration indeed, but I figure it's worth a shot. Here are 30 things I want my boys to know. (I should add that if I am ever blessed with a little girl, I would want her to learn these things as well.)