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On a previous blog post entitled “10 Rules for Dating my Daughter”  went viral. Through the magic of Social Media, there were literally millions of people from around the world who joined in the conversation. It was by far the most viewed and “shared” blog post so far in the life of this project. In fact lots of people even asked about a shirt with those 10 rules printed on it. So in an effort to give the Dads what they want, we have the now  famous “Rules for Dating my Daughter” T-shirt. We have an online store with lots of other fun products. Check it out HERE.

In case you missed the blog, “10 Rules for Dating my Daughter” post. Click HERE

It was really fun to see Dads around the world unite around this funny little take on daughters beginning to date. I obviously struck a nerve with this topic. It is no surprise to me that Dads of daughters united around this topic. As a follow up blog, I wanted to pass along another handy tool that you may want to use with your daughter’s suitor.

Application for Dating my Daughter

  1. Name_______________ GPA _________________
  2. Athletic Accomplishments ______________________________________
  3. In 50 words or less, explain what “DON’T TOUCH MY DAUGHTER” means.
  4. I hope this application doesn’t ask ____________________
  5. What do you want to be IF you grow up?
  6. (Over/Under) 25 times having seen Braveheart (If less than 5 times, need not apply!)

Signed _______________________________________

Please allow 4-6 years for processing.

Any contact during the review period could cause a delay.

IN CASE YOU ARE WONDERING, WE HAVE TURNED THIS APPLICATION INTO A SHIRT AS WELL! See our ONLINE STORE.

Also, in case you were wondering, all of this is done in good fun and meant to be kind of an inside joke for Dad’s who have daughters!

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Ok, but seriously…. Here is a brief thought: Most of what your daughter will use to screen a potential boyfriend will be her experience of watching you with your wife. How you treat women will be how she will expect to be treated. You shouldn’t actually need a list of rules or an application if you are doing your part by showing her what a great guy looks like. She will look for someone like you!

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Alan Smyth

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This blog is mostly focused on helping Dad’s engage with their daughters. The three writers (Alan, Don & Kristy) all have a particular experience and passion on the topic. However, I want to take a moment and recognize how important Mom is in the equation.

Yesterday was “Mother’s Day.” Our nation paused to celebrate Mom’s. And why not? As important as Dad is to healthy kids, Mom is every bit as important but for different reasons. My Daughter Brittany who has shown up more than once in these blog posts treated the family to an incredible day to help us celebrate my wife.

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Brittany works at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where the Clippers, Lakers and Kings play their home games. She works in the sales department for their high end luxury suites and seats. She got us great seats and entrance into their exclusive “Lexus club” for an awesome brunch.

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I marveled at watching my “little girl” hard at work while we were enjoying a come-from -behind Clipper game. She was pivoting between two cell phones, a handheld radio and a magnetic badge which opened otherwise locked doors. At the end, we followed her around as she visited high end clients and troubleshot “problems.”

Britt & Sharon

One of the many highlights of the day was our family meal tradition on special days. A long time ago we started a little tradition on someone’s birthday, or in this case, Mother’s Day, where we go around the table and recount the reasons why we appreciate the person of honor. We share encouraging words and thoughts of encouragement. I won’t go into their words here, but know that both of my kids had amazing words of thanks and appreciation towards Sharon. She has had such an impact on them. She has given them so much of the stuff that I never could and they are flourishing out in the real world.

Here is my challenge: In order for your wife to be all that she can be, she needs a healthy YOU in her life. She needs a strong marriage and a man who cherishes her. She will love her children no matter what, but you can empower further greatness by working hard at being the best version of yourself and your relationship. In all humility, my daughter is great. I’d like to think I had something to do with it. But I know for sure that my wife had a ton to do with it!

Maybe the best things you can do for your kids are to love, honor, respect and cherish their mother in a great way. This will be life giving for your kids and will be a great role model for what your daughter looks for in a future mate.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the phenomenal Moms reading this blog. Your role is invaluable and we love you!

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Alan

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A dad sent me this picture of his wife wearing our “Application for Dating my Daughter” shirt which is available at our store (click below). She received this for mother’s day and is proudly wearing it here!

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