Article Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

15 Things All Dads of Daughters Should Know


Oct. 9, 2014 Redbook

“I feel sorry for you when they become teenagers.” “Dude, you’re surrounded by women.” “What did you do to deserve that?”

Being a dad of four daughters (we also have one son), I hear stuff like this almost daily. And honestly, I’m the one who feels sorry for people who think this way.

Having daughters is one of the greatest joys I could imagine. We have a saying at our house that goes like this: “I love you more today than I did yesterday.” Raising girls is a privilege, not a burden.

I certainly don’t have it all figured out, but I have learned 15 things about raising girls these last 11 years.

1. She wants to be loved. More than she wants the stuff you can buy her or the things you can teach her, she wants you to love her. No one else on earth can assume your role as daddy. Your daughter will let you down, make huge mistakes, and maybe even turn her back to you for a season, but don’t ever let her doubt your love for her. Look her in the eye and tell her you love her. Lots.

2. You have an influence on her future partner. Scary thought, but the kind of man you are to her will have a direct impact on who she chooses to marry someday. For years our third daughter would beg me to marry her when she grew up. I had to explain that I was already married to her amazing mother. If you’re doing it right, she’ll want to marry someone like you one day.

3. Listen to her music. When my girls are in my car, you’ll be able to catch us rocking out to the following Pandora stations: Taylor Swift, One Direction, Cody Simpson, Kidz Bop Radio, Katy Perry, you get the point. Not stations I’d listen to on my own—with one exception: I love Taylor Swift—but when it lights them up, it lights me up.

Read More on Redbook

Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

Apply Today

All Resources

Tell Me More

The Next Generation of You: Wendell Davis

One former player is both the President of Chicago’s NFLPA Former Players Chapter and working to create jobs for perspective pro football players.

Read More

The One Skill All Modern Couples Need to Master

Mastering this communication skill is critical to success

Read More

How To Get Kids To Tell You About Their Day

Banish the dreaded "fine" response forever.

Read More

7 Rules All Divorced Dads Need to Follow

Divorce is never easy. But it'll be a lot harder if you don't follow this advice.

Read More

The Healing Power of Nature

Six ways to benefit from spending time in your yard and beyond.

Read More

How to Handle Employee Conflict on Your Team

Avoid playing Referee and stop conflict before it begins.

Read More

How to Manage and Pay Off Debt When You're Unemployed

Explore your options and don't lose hope.

Read More

Why Servant Leadership is Becoming the Leadership Style of the Future

Servant leadership is viewed as a more authentic approach to genuinely address the needs of the followers.

Read More