What Dexter's father taught me about being a father (un-edited)

One thing that always stuck with me after watching Dexter is the idea of a code. Dexter's father, noticing his son's homicidal tendencies and thirst for blood, created a code for him to live by. 

While my children are not Dexter, this idea really resonated with me. What is the code I want to leave my children with? What are the non-negotiable's?

Over the past couple of years, I have been refining the code depending on the kids' weaknesses.

  • respect your mother
  • Character is king
  • tell the truth
  • travel
  • no TV