50 Rules for Sons ~ Advice from a Dad ~ Book Review

I was given the opportunity to review Tim Hoch’s book, “50 Rules for Sons.” As a mom of boys, I was interested to hear what advice a dad wanted to instill in his son as he graduated from high school.

Here is a little more about Tim from his bio:

Tim Hoch is a writer and trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience. After litigating over two thousand cases and defending hundreds of depositions, Tim has the special distinction of being one of only a few with board certification in Personal Injury Trial Law.

Being a working father is hard. And when it came time for his oldest son to leave for college, Tim found himself asking, “Did I miss anything?”

Inspired to impart one last lesson on his son, he assembled the many rules he learned from his own life situations. From the simple to the more complex, Tim compiled his most important wisdoms for his son to carry to college. His book 50 Rules for Sons (April 2013) was the end result.

Tim has lived his life by these rules and hopes to help guide families with them. His words have turned into memorable and powerful tools to help sons of all ages and backgrounds grow and mature to be their best. Rules that help boys of all ages make the right decisions in life. Departing advice and wisdom that only a parent can learn from a lifetime of experiences.

Tim hopes to help families everywhere grow closer and share in the bond of passing on generational wisdom.

Tim currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and two children. He hopes to expand his work with youth and families with the publication of this book and the soon to come follow up, 50 Rules for Daughters. More information about Tim can be found at his blog.


This book is a short read with practical tips and wisdom that you can apply at just about any age. At the end of the book, Tim gives a few paragraph explanation behind each rule. I really enjoyed that part because it gives insight into Tim’s journey of learning life’s lessons. There was some language within the rules which made the book not as appropriate for my elementary aged boys. Anyone graduating high school will definitely be ready for that type of language.


Here is a sample of some of Tim’s rules that I really liked:


Rule 21- Most of your life should be spent running uphill. If not, you’re not challenging yourself

Rule 13- Time is your only commodity, don’t waste it.  And don’t give it to people or projects that don’t respect it.

Rule 14- Try new things – daily.

Rule 44- Look for beauty in the mundane.

Rule 41- Don’t get frustrated just because your immediate needs are not the priority of others. They seldom will be.

Rule 23- Most of your life your only company is yourself. Like yourself.


Overall, I really enjoyed the book and the reminders and practical advice given to instill in a young man with honesty and a straight talk approach.


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Disclosure: I was given a book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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