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Guest Posting: Daddy Doin’ Work: What I Want My Daughters To Know

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Guest Posting:
Daddy Doin’ Work: What I Want My Daughters To Know

Hello all! Big thanks to Rene for allowing me to guest post for all of you. I’m the guy behind the blog Daddy Doin’ Work, and I have a beautiful two-year old daughter with another daughter on the way in July. Raising girls in today’s world offers its own unique set of challenges, but if my daughter and her unborn sister can follow these tips, I think they’ll be okay.

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Rule #1

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I want them to know that it’s okay to be tough. Don’t get me wrong, being a girly-girl is a cool if that’s what they’re into. However, as a man I’ve always gravitated more towards women who would rather kick the ass of a knight in shining armor than sit around waiting to be saved by him. Play sports, get dirty, learn how to throw a punch, and know how to change a flat tire. When they’re done, they can show the world how great they can look in a fancy dress and heels.

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Rule #2

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I want them to institute a zero-tolerance policy for disrespectful men. They need to know that if men ever cheat on them, or physically/emotionally abuse them, it will be the last day they will ever speak to my girls (probably because I’d rip their throats out, but that’s besides the point). Without being cocky, my girls should know that any man should feel lucky to be in a relationship with them, and any major “slip up” like the aforementioned is unforgivable.

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Rule #3

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I want her to always be confident in her appearance. Although at two years old my daughter is already 3 feet 2 inches tall, I have no clue what she’ll look like when she’s older. A runway model? A female version of Andre the Giant? Something in between? Who knows? I’m always fearful that she’ll fall victim to the societal pressures of what beauty is “supposed to be” (especially living in Los Angeles), but I take comfort in knowing that self-confidence will prevent her from succumbing to those pressures. I don’t care if she’s tall, short, thin, or chubby – I just want her to always look in the mirror and think “I’m beautiful,” because that’s what I will always think of her and her baby sister.

Read more:  To My Daughter: See, Hair’s The Thing..

Rule #4

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I want them to be dreamers and hustlers. You want to be a doctor? Go for it. A sportscaster? Show the boys how it’s done. An entrepreneur? Make it happen. I honestly don’t care what they do, as long as they’re happy, give a 100% effort, and never quit. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. I do adhere to a strict “no pole” rule, which clearly states that my daughters cannot choose a profession that involves poles. This means, no race car driving (pole position), no dancing on poles (stripping), and no inserting flesh “poles” into their body for cash (prostitution and/or pornography). Everything else is fair game.

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Rule #5

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It’s important that they’re nice. Being smart and pretty are great and all, but it’s meaningless unless they have good hearts and care about the needs of others. They need to know that it’s never cool to be a bully, make fun of people, or just be a mean-spirited jackass. I hope they will intrinsically befriend the nerdy kid eating lunch by herself in middle school, hold doors open for people, be good tippers at restaurants, smile often, and love people of all races, religions, and sexual orientations. It’s amazing how far that will go.

Read more:  PLAY NICE! And 9 More Life Lessons From Disney


Time will tell if my daughters will follow these rules, but I can promise you that it won’t be due to a lack of effort on Daddy’s part.

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Doyin Richards authors the popular Daddy Doin’ Work blog. He can also be found on Twitter and on Facebook.

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