Townhall.comby Doug Giles
I have two daughters. One irreparably crushed ACORNâ€™s nuts (how yaâ€™ doing, Bertha Lewis?), and the other, at the ripe old age of eighteen, writes for the NRA. When these female charges popped out of their mommyâ€™s womb years ago, this thing called â€œresponsibility for their upbringingâ€ hit me like a nunchuck.
I didnâ€™t slough off my role in their lives onto my wife, my church, public school, daycare, relatives, TV, or â€œthe village.â€ I didnâ€™t expect any of them to fill my boots. I, along with my lovely wife, got my daughters here, and dammit, itâ€™s our jobâ€”especially my job as alpha male of the Giles castleâ€”to prepare them internally and externally for greatness.
Living in Miami, I knew I would have to pony up and be a major player in my little onesâ€™ lives if I wanted them to escape being part of the local teen fart cloud. I knew Iâ€™d have to pay attention to them and spend time with them to instill solid values and principles. In other words, I was going to have to be a dad in the traditional sense of the word. Isnâ€™t that weird?
Call me goofy, but I donâ€™t want my nippers being inept, stressed-out, unconfident young women who hate their bodies, get easily depressed, have no self-esteem, and will likely have issues with their weight. Also, I want to diminish the chances that my girls bail out of school or bow and kiss the ring of some abusive boyfriend or husband.
In addition, Iâ€™d like to make certain that my daughters never flaunt themselves to get the attention of some Darwinian-throwback-gold-toothed-rapping-thug just so they can be the chief hoochie in his stupid booty video.
Furthermore, as my daughtersâ€™ dad, Iâ€™d like to reduce the possibility that theyâ€™ll ever become sex objectsâ€”or pregnant teens. I do not want my chicas becoming STD wagons or teens who do dope and abuse booze. Iâ€™d like to make certain that theyâ€™ve got a snowballâ€™s chance in Miami of ever seeing that junk occur in their lives.
What about you, Papasan? Would you like to guarantee your girl doesnâ€™t end up being Anna Nicole Smith? You would? Good for you. Then keep reading.
Padre, Iâ€™ve got some advice for you. Mind if I share it? Great, here it is: Do not disengage from your daughter. Hang around your home and let your girl know (by your actions) that you really care about her while showing her maximum affection. Continued... http://townhall.com/columnists/DougGiles/2010/06/20/how_to_father_faithful_and_fearsome_kids