Helping your daughter understand who she is and what she stands for certainly starts long before the teenage years, but the message needs additional focus during this time when insecurities can creep in.Remind her that she is always enough, and that she doesn’t have to do anything to fit in. Deciding in advance the boundaries she will establish in dating is important.
Unlike my friend, a dad of teenage daughters needs to think about their daughter’s dating in advance.
This friend had not thought about giving dating advice to his daughter until it was almost too late.
As the guy showed up at the house for the first date, this dad went to get his daughter, only to find her in her bedroom closet in tears, with anxieties about the date, the guy and how to manage her conflicting emotions.
It was one of those father and daughter moments that this dad would never forget.
I could have read this on a weekend but instead I did over the course of 2 months. The knowledge contained in the book is based on small little tidbits of what other single fathers have told the author. The format of the book is definitely a how-to book (which is what I wanted), but is backed with the all the facts mentioning/referencing of real lives of other single fathers or former single fathers and what worked or didn't work for them. It should be a required reading for any man venturing into trying to add the complexity of a woman to your life as a single father.
I will be recommending this to my former professional mental counselor who deals with complexities in relationships all the time.
I knew things would be difficult the day me and my baby mama broke up.
While her parents showed no interest in their granddaughter knowing her father, it was she who made it possible for us to spend time together.
We all know Mama's tough on would-be suitors—skillfully pumping them for information, critiquing their wardrobe, and evaluating their earning potential. His “rules for dating my daughter” go on for days, and they're generally aimed at keeping his baby safe and happy—because Southern fathers are as protective as the day is long.