Dad Shares 10 Lessons He’s Learned Since Losing His Son: ‘Don’t Spend Money, Spend Time’

Richard Pringle suffered a terrible loss on August 18, 2016, when his 3-year-old son, Hughie, died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage. “He was kindhearted and gentle,” the dad from Hastings, England, tells Us Weekly. “He was a beautiful little boy.”
Hughie was born with a brain condition called cavernoma. “There was a five percent chance of bleeding,” Pringle tells Us. “Unfortunately that five percent happened last summer.”
Now Pringle has penned a moving list of the most important lessons he has learned since saying goodbye to his eldest child one year ago. “My Facebook post was written to help others realize what’s important in life and what’s not,” he tells Us. “Parents need to stop and appreciate everything. Even the simplest things. There’s beauty in simplicity but quite often we let it pass by us unnoticed.”
The 40-year-old entrepreneur’s August 23 post is filled with wisdom on being present and creating meaningful experiences. “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 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,” Pringle wrote.
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