Alright dads gather round, we need to talk about our precious daughters and those little boys who want to get their hands on them. We know from experience because we were once that hormone crazed little teen just prowling for the chance to get to any base with a girl, right?
So let’s consider our options to be the protector in chief as a father does. Some age-old classic approaches include:
- Locking her up until she’s 30-years-old?
- Sending her to a convent?
- Anything you do to my daughter, I’ll do to you?
- Taking him into the backyard and showing him the shallow grave you’ve prepared?
- Letting him know you can make him go away?
Let me start by saying that I in no way consider myself qualified to be the adult in charge of guiding this amazing little girl through life but it’s just Charlie and me so it’s 100 percent up to me ('us as a team', as I always tell Charlie).
I am however probably overqualified, after a lifetime of working as a bouncer, lifting weights, and boxing, to take on the role of the classic and outdated 'Overprotective, Scary Dad'. The only problem with this is if no one can ever date my daughter without fearing me, she is:
1) Going to rebel anyway,
2) Will learn I can’t be trusted and won’t talk to me, and
3) Miss the opportunity to develop those skills in her teens while she’s still young and has me nearby to help give advice.
Studies have repeatedly linked absentee dads to poor relationship outcomes for daughters (something mothers need to consider if they choose not to foster and support a father’s relationship if separated), including high rates of unplanned pregnancy and divorce.