It’s difficult for any of us to think about the day our daughters start to date, as a father it’s still hard for me to imagine. Though I’m years away from that truth I sometimes find myself thinking about how I will react… will I like the boy? Will he be a good guy?
All I can do is raise my daughter right… yeah? Recently I came across this dad’s rules for dating his daughter and knew it was something I wanted to share with all of you.
This makes a lot of sense as a father. I’ll be there for my daughter, give her (what I hope is) sound advice, and deal with whoever needs to be dealt with. But at the same time it’s up to whoever she chooses to spend her time with to man up and show not only her but me as well that he’s the guy for her.
As written for UpWorthy.com by Evan Porter:
“You’ll have to ask them what their rules are. I’m not raising my little girls to be the kind of women who need their daddy to act like a creepy possessive badass in order for them to be treated with respect. You will respect them, and if you don’t, I promise they won’t need my help putting you back in your place. Good luck pumpkin.”
Welch’s post went viral, with support and admiration from other parents pouring in from across the globe.
Welch says the overwhelmingly positive reaction to his post shows that maybe, just maybe, this antiquated mindset is beginning to fade away with a new generation of parents at the helm.
“I think [the stereotype of the overly protective dad] really is rooted in a genuine protective instinct that any good father SHOULD feel toward their daughters,” he writes in an email. “But it can also plant a mindset in our daughters that they need a man’s stamp of approval on major decisions they have to make.”