10 Rules For Dating my Daughter T-shirts

Alan Smyth —  February 18, 2017 — 87 Comments

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the following blog. Surprisingly it went viral after Father’s Day.  We were then flooded with interest for T-shirts. Dads have been sending in pictures of themselves, in their shirts along with their daughters from all over the world. We have been posting some of them on our facebook page entitled “Myfatherdaughter.com” Many more people are now following this blog. This light hearted shirt is bringing thousands of Dads further into the important conversation of their role with their daughter. Take a look and join us!


On February 18th, I wrote a funny little blog about the “rules for dating my daughter.” I chuckled as I wrote it and never dreamed how much buzz it would receive. Through the magic of Social Media, it was by far the most read, passed around and commented on blog in the life of this little project. The concept of a Dad issuing his ground rules for dating his daughter seemed to unite the entire tribe of Fathers! I’m guessing those rules are what all of us have been thinking but didn’t think we could actually ever say it. In case you missed the February 18th blog or would just like to refresh yourself, go ahead and click HERE to see it again.

Some of the feedback I received was around the actual rules. I heard things like “Who is making the T-shirt?” “I need that shirt” and “Dear God, get me that shirt.” Now, I am not in the apparel business. I’m not even in the blogging business. I am a Young Life Regional Director trying to reach lost kids in LA. It just so happens that due to my experience as a Young Life leader and as a parent, I might have a thing or two to say about being a Dad.

In an effort to give the people what they are clamoring for, I have made these shirts depicting the “10 Rules for Dating my Daughter.” There are also a few other fun shirts in the same theme on our store.

(Contents of “Rules” T-shirt protected under applicable copyright laws)

I’m pretty sure this is how Nike got started, but my goals are not quite as lofty. At first I made a few dozen shirts and gave a few away. Now I am selling them to whoever wants one. The cost is $19.95 per shirt (more for bigger sizes) Then add shipping & handling of course. It’s a heavy cotton shirt. No sheer, light gauge material for me. Real men wear heavy T-shirts!


If you want a shirt or two, visit our online store. Click the button below:

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This whole thing is funny to me!

Have Fun!

Alan Smyth

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PS: Below Stu Graff has already found a great use for his shirt. He pinned it to his front door while his daughter was out on a date.


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I have been married to Sharon for 35 years. We have two kids, Brittany (31) and Trevor (26) I am the Executive Director for Saving Innocence. I have a passion for my family and have learned a few things along the way.

87 responses to 10 Rules For Dating my Daughter T-shirts

  1. I would really like one of these shirts……please let me know how to get one

  2. Do you have any more of these shirts?

  3. Virginia Stombaugh-Berkheimer June 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    How do I get theis shirt???

  4. Gabriel Solis June 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    where can I get a hold of one of those shirts…..2X

  5. I would love the shirts how can I get them??

  6. Ronda Gallagher June 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Please let me know how I can get this shirt for my husband. Thank you!!!

  7. I totally want that shirt how do I get one?

  8. Cynthia Wills June 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I am very interested in your shirt. What sizes do you have and how much are they. My best friend is very protective of his daughter. I thank God I have a son. I await your reply. Thank you.

  9. I want one how do you order one

  10. Hi – love your shirt. I have tried to go to https://myfatherdaughter.com to order one, but cannot find the link there. Also – I am in Australia so what is the postage to Australia and what sizes does it come in? Finally – I understand the 911 bit – but what is the 411 referring to? Many thanks!

  11. Hey Alan,
    I posted a picture of your shirt on our Facebook page for Father’s Day and received an overwhelming response. Everyone now wants this shirt as you can see from the responses that just came to you today. I will be forwarding all requests to this page. I hope you have enough to go around! Good luck and glad we could help… Meanwhile, In The Sticks


  12. ‘accommodate’ … I hate typos. 🙂

  13. Hi,

    Would you ship to the UK? If so, how much would it cost?


  14. Love the shirts I want one

  15. I love the back of the shirt, but not the front, can I get one with a blank front? I don’t want all that 411/911 stuff.


  16. I totally want to buy this tshirt for my dad, but could I have it in black? I saw it on 9gag(lol) in black. Can I have a black too? 😀

  17. Could someone do one of these for Rules on Dating my son as it would defo be framed and put in the hallway for ALL to see lol

  18. Saw it… Had to have it!!!!! Already placed my order! Thanks Alan! I hope you sweeten up your retirement fund with these shirts. You’ve hit the lotto buddy!

    Thank You and best wishes,
    Tom Duncan
    Baltimore, MD 21219

  19. what sizes do you have in the 10 rules to date my daughter shirt

  20. Absolutely In Love with this shirt! I have a Beautiful Teen and DAD went nuts when he seen it. I ordered it and cant wait to get it!!!!!!! Now Make a Pink Moms Shirt PLEASE… I know I would wear it…..If you make a moms shirt like this please e-mail me so I can order some Thanks…. The Martin Family…

  21. Shereen Solly June 18, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I love the T-shirt, is there one available in Large.

  22. Can you still purchase one of these

  23. Hi!

    I love your t-shirts and I want to buy some of them. Do you ship to Sweden??

  24. Postage, supplies, labor. Yes, it went up.

  25. I would really like to get one of these shirts

  26. Order no. 550229 you sent the wrong shirt

  27. I totally agree with you. That t-shirt is a great idea. I’m planning to get myself one too.

  28. Love it. Must have one.

  29. Can I get those rules printed on the head of a pin?

  30. I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether
    this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my problem.
    You’re wonderful! Thanks!

  31. We have not heard of an problems.

  32. Would you consider personalising them to each country? I’m in England and would love one that had 118 and 999 on the front as the Brits would understand it more. Any chance of printing me one?

    • Hi, I have been thinking about that. I know there are differences. We have sold lots in the UK, but I always wondered what would happen if we made the cuttural changes.
      Tell you what. Look over the back of the shirt and see if any of the rules translate better in “Britt” for example, you guys don’t really use the term “lawyer” do you?
      E-mail me your suggestions and I will see if I can make a small quantity. I will give you a great discount in exchange for you posting pics on your social media…. Sound good?
      Please e-mail me at “Alanatyl@aol.com” your suggestions etc.

  33. Saved as a favorite, I really like ypur web site!

  34. David Severan July 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I would love to get one of those tees in 3x

  35. Very quickly this website will be famous amid all blogging and site-building visitors, due to
    it’s good content

    • Wow, thank you for such kinds words. thanks for following!

      • Could you make one for mothers to wear too as moms are the parents too you know and husband and wife can wear them at the same time?

        Don’t forget to make some for mothers, as many of my friends and their wives want them in pink for the mothers. The wives are saying that you are sexist and unfair to the mothers. The women in our group want them

        • Hello! Thank you so much for following. First, I am actually considering a version of this shirt that Moms would love! I would love any suggestions. Second, their is nothing in this shirt that is specifically Dads only. I know that some moms are wearing these. Third, this site is focussed on the audience of Dads. That does not make it “sexist”. It is not anti women! If you read much of this blog you would know that we have regularly promoted a strong marriage and the role of a mom. Anyone calling us sexist has not read very carefully and is not seeing the bigger picture. Dads need all the help they can get and this blog is attpting to do that. I wish more people were trying to do the same.
          Thanks again for following.

  36. Is there one for being daughter’s prom date?! That would be so cool!!! My Dad would need THAT shirt! Since I’m not allowed to date but I have a prom escort! XD

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  38. Tom, thank you for your post! You have explained my shirt perfectly. I just couldn’t fit it all on a shirt! Obviously, the shirt is a “tongue in cheek”, humorous approach. I think of it as an “inside joke” for Dads with daughters. You have captured the spirit behind the bullet points!
    – Alan

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