A #GirlDad's Letter to His Daughter
Updated: Jun 14, 2020
Parenting is hard. Parenting in 2020 is basically the Olympics. With Father's Day right around the corner, and knowing #girldads are trending right now, we asked one dad what he'd tell his (unborn!) daughter. Because let's be real, being a woman isn't always easy and raising one definitely isn't.
Let's just say, we're not crying...you're crying.
I don’t know anything about being a woman.
More than likely I won’t know anything about the culture you grow up in, but hey, that’s why Dads are so damn good at Dad Jokes.
What I have done over the course of 32 years is learned a little bit about life. Which means I’ve messed a few things up, ok, maybe more than a few, but I’ve also done a few things right.
Exhibit A: I married your Mom.
Life will always have ups and down, but I know that there is one thing I can teach you that will equip you to handle whatever life throws at you.
I can teach you to be Fearless.
If you ever listen to anything Dad tells you besides, “No, you can't date him!” I hope it is this. Be fearless.
Don't be scared of failure. Failure is inevitable. What you make of that failure is what’s important. Use it as motivation. Life is about learning, and failures are the greatest learning resource on earth.
Don’t be afraid to stand out. Your friends won’t always be looking out for the best interests of you. You should never jeopardize your moral standing because “everyone was doing it.”
Don’t be scared to speak up. If you ever find something or someone making you uncomfortable, speak up. People will often do or say things without regard for how it may make you, or others, feel. They will continue to do these things, or treat people this way, if you are too scared to say something.
Don’t be afraid to take risks. There is a saying as old as time, “Fortune favors the bold.” Long story short, be bold. Don’t ever run away from a challenge because you are scared you will lose. Mom and I will catch you if you fall. It’s kind of like our only job in all this, and If you ever are scared (it's ok to be sometimes!), we will be right there to help you through.
Be fearless, baby girl, and you can be whatever you want to be. If that just so happens to be an LPGA Tour professional, then so be it, who am I to stop you J.
I can't wait to meet you.
P.S – Be nice to your Mom, especially in your teenage years. I heard Girl Moms are like literally THE WORST then, so please remember that.