What it's like to be The Dude's Dad
I have an 11 year old son I call The Dude. No it has nothing to do with The Big Lebowski. When he was an infant one of our friends gave him the nickname and we have used it ever since. I use it help provide some loose structure for my son and still give him room to be who he chooses to be.
We talk about what it means to be The Dude and have since he was 4.
It's a list of behaviors.
Say Please and Thank you.
Be a friend.
Tell the truth even if it gets you in trouble.