A Letter To My Son On His First Day Of School

This letter is so difficult for me to write because I don’t quite know what to expect. On your first day of school, I don’t know what type of student you are going to be. We can push you to be the best student you can be but we don’t know what your best is.


Dear Rookie,

This letter is very hard for me to write. I have started it and somehow it just hasn’t ended up right. I bet that it won’t end up right as I re-write this but I’m giving it a try.

Your day is finally here. Your first day of school. It’s only been 5 years in the making. You had pre-school of course but in my eyes it’s not really school until this day arrives.

You have another 12 years of school ahead and I know any advice I give you now will be long forgotten by the time you walk on stage to get your diploma. Today is just the start of that journey.

There will be teachers who come and go. Teachers that you will want to forget about and teachers you will love. Maybe you’ll be in a class taught by someone a lot like my 5th grade teacher. You’ll hate the teachers who assign ungodly amounts of homework. You’ll love the ones who keep you engaged, entertained, while educating you at the same time.

There will be times you just want to give up. Those times you’ll be wondering why you are learning algebra or dissecting a frog (which I think you’ll love). Trust me. I went through those exact feelings. As early as 3rd grade.

I might not be the best person to ask for advice for school. Mostly because I wasn’t the best student. I would give up when times were hard and I never actually tried all that hard. Don’t look at my as a case study though and look at your mom instead. She is a prime example of what putting into your education is exactly what you get out of it. It doesn’t help that she is a former teacher.

Here is my hope for you as you begin school. Don’t be me. Don’t be that student who doesn’t care and just blows everything off. It just makes life more difficult and is a bad habit to start… specially this early.

As a parent it hurts to say that but I’m serious. Don’t be me. Apply yourself to each and every subject. Not only will it make things easier for you when you are in school but when you are in college and when you are in the work force.

Most importantly, I want you to have the time of your life. It might seem that the level of responsibility keeps growing as you continue going to school. It does, but it doesn’t get any easier when you get a job and family. The responsibilities grow… exponentially.

And part of those responsibilities is to make sure that you don’t become me.

We will make it through this together. It might be hard work but we will make it through it.

This letter is so difficult for me to write because I don’t quite know what expect. On your first day of school, I don’t know what type of student you are going to be. We can push you to be the best student you can be but we don’t know what your best is. Are you going to be a 4.0 student when you are in high school to get that Ive League scholarship that I have talked about? Or are you going to be a high school dropout to be a successful entrepreneur or play baseball in the minor leagues with hopes to just have coffee with a major league team?

That is what is great about your first day of school. It’s all unexpected! So walk into the unexpected and take it and make it your own.

Good Luck… and please don’t be me.

Love,
Dad

The Rookie Dad

The Rookie Dad is father of 2, husband, TV Producer, runner, and co-founder of Dads Round Table and a contributor to Traveling Dad and Good Men Project.