A grieving father has shared 10 of the most important things he’s learned since the death of his three-year-old son.

UK dad, Richard Pringle, said goodbye to his “beautiful little boy” Hughie after he died from a brain haemorrhage on August 18, 2016, according to The Mirror.

Reflecting on Hughie’s death one year on, Mr Pringle, who has two other children, has shared the most important lessons the tragedy taught him about parenting and spending time with his children.

1.You can never ever kiss and love too much.

2.You always have time. Stop what you’re doing and play, even if it’s just for a minute. Nothing’s that important that it can’t wait.

3.Take as many photos and record as many videos as humanly possible. One day that might be all you have.

4. Don’t spend money, spend time. You think what you spend matters? It doesn’t. What you do matters. Jump in puddles, go for walks. Swim in the sea, build a camp and have fun. That’s all they want. I can’t remember what we bought Hughie I can only remember what we did.

5. Sing. Sing songs together. My happiest memories are of Hughie sitting on my shoulders or sitting next to me in the car singing our favourite songs. Memories are created in music.

6. Cherish the simplest of things. Night times, bedtimes, reading stories. Dinners together. Lazy Sundays. Cherish the simplest of times. They are what I miss the most. Don’t let those special times pass you by unnoticed.

7. Always kiss those you love goodbye and if you forget. Go back and kiss them. You never know if it’s the last time you’ll get the chance.

8. Make boring things fun. Shopping trips, car journeys, walking to the shops. Be silly, tell jokes, laugh, smile and enjoy yourselves. They’re only chores if you treat them like that. Life is too short not to have fun.

9. Keep a journal. Write down everything your little ones do that lights up your world. The funny things they say, the cute things they do. We only started doing this after we lost Hughie. We wanted to remember everything. Now we do it for Hettie and we will for Hennie too. You’ll have these memories written down forever and when your older you can look back and cherish every moment.

10. If you have your children with you. To kiss goodnight. To have breakfast with. To walk to school. To take to university. To watch get married. You are blessed. Never ever forget that!

Mr Pringle shared his advice on Facebook.

The post has been shared more than 7,500 times and liked more than 13,000.

So touching! So beautifully written.

Image via Facebook

  • A beautiful list and the most important to do list for everyone to have and to follow.

    • Spend time not money is so very true and children do want time over stuff.


  • wow sorry for their loss. this makes me want to grab my kids and hug them forever. I will certainly be more willing to take the time to just enjoy having them around and hearing them laughing and being happy.


  • I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to lose a child.


  • A beautiful post that is so very true,thanks.


  • Great tips and we do most of them. Sad to lose a child. My friends mum cried daily when her son, my mate died. She never recovered before dying after a knee operation. I remember the tears in her eyes every time she thought of him.


  • Great points, they’re so true !
    Bless you Richard Pringle and all who lost a child(ren).


  • Beautiful sentiments. My parents saying was “money doesn’t buy happiness”.


  • Wonderful list indeed.
    Sending love and special hugs to all that have lost a child.


  • I hope he did most, if not all of these things while his son was alive, even if he didn’t recognise their importance at the time.


  • All great things to remember. The heartbreak of losing a child would be unbearable. It’s great this dad took the time to share what’s important to him and what he’s learnt after losing his son. Horrible thing to happen.


  • These are very true – a sad but important reminder.


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