Dad’s Simple And Empowering ‘Rules’ For Dating His Daughters Are Perfect For 2017

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Parenting by Julia Lynn Rubin on 09/11/2017

It’s a tale as old as time: an overprotective dad shielding his sweet little girl from the big, bad world and all of the dangers within it. But poet and father, Jeff Welch, wanted to put a fresh spin on the old-school “rules” for dating his daughters. His updated “rules” are simple: they make the rules. “You’ll have to ask them what their rules are,” Jeff wrote in a Facebook post that soon went viral. “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.”

I ain't raisin' no princesses.

Posted by J. Warren Welch on Sunday, September 3, 2017

Jeff is a father of three girls and a stepdad of two more. He says that since his post went viral, the support from all over the world has been overwhelmingly positive.

“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 wrote to Upworthy 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.”

(H/T: Upworthy)

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