I escaped it for 17 years of parenthood, but the odds were always stacked against me.I have two beautiful and intelligent daughters, and eventually a boy smart enough to see it was going to come calling. My daughter and her boyfriend spend almost every free moment they have in our house.They turn on the music and sing, dance, and make a bunch of the healthy-type of food that is so popular today. Interestingly, this young man is aggressive in his desire for me to know him and vice versa.This isn’t at all the new modern type of teenage dating where they hang out in groups and go through levels of “talking.” What’s taking place is a good old fashioned courting process. I’m not raising my little girls to be the kind of women who need their daddy to act like a creepy, possessive bada*s in order for them to be treated with respect. #jwarrenwelch #wordsmith #poet #poem #poetry #writer #wordporn #wordgasm #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetryporn #creativewriting #poetrycommunity #prose #spilledink #instapoet #writerscommunity #writingcommunity #wordart #sapiosexual #poetryisnotdead #drunkpoetsociety #writersofig #poetsofig #wordswithkings #wordswithqueens A post shared by Jeff Welch (@j.warren.welch) on You’ll have to ask them what their rules are.We’ve raised them to seek their identity in the things that matter and not in the superficial, so they are somewhat intimidating to young men. But sooner or later a boy of equal substance was going to show up, and now he has. They both have busy schedules, but if they aren’t learning or working, they are in our home.
“These girls are amazing humans, and I can take no credit for that other than the fact that I at least knew that the best thing I could do for them is not try to ‘mold’ them.”“I can make bold statements about my daughters because I listen to them, and I know they are bold young women,” added Welch.“I really do actively try to encourage that boldness, but I’ve never felt the need to cultivate it.”Read more from Yahoo Beauty Style:" data-reactid="49"Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.Warren Welch, wrote simply: “You’ll have to ask them what their rules are.”He went on: “I’m not raising my little girls to be the kind of women who need their daddy to act like a creepy possessive bada** 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.”Alright, he almost ruins it with the “good luck pumpkin” sign-off, but we’re giving him 10 out of 10 for intent.The young man’s mother did a very good job teaching manners and etiquette to her son.He ate with us at Easter and even brought flowers and a dessert. That said, this is still my daughter we’re talking about and I’m not naïve. No father likes to see his daughter cuddled with a boy.