People just do not understand how daddies feel about their little girls. Therefore, I going to help provide some insight into that area.
Before I begin, it is important for you to remember that I was once a 12-year old boy, 16-year old teenager, and 21-year old man. I know exactly what guys are thinking at that age. Therefore, don’t try to fool me or sanitize your thoughts. Been there, done that myself.
Many parents think when their young teenage boys hug girls, hold hands, or give a quick kiss, that “it’s cute” or “isn’t that sweet?” or “they’re just kids” or “he’s a ladies man.” Let me tell you what the girl’s father thinks – Keep Your Hands Off My Daughter!
You see, I am trying to raise a girl with a pure heart. A girl who honors God in every area of her life. A girl who has a healthy respect for her sexuality. A girl who can achieve things and win the favor of others with her mind and personality, not just her body. A girl who understands her body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, not a playground for testorone-filled young males. A girl who a guy will be proud to marry one day.
If that is what I’m trying to achieve as a dad, how do you think I feel if your son, who you think is “cute”, is trying to put his arm around my 12-year old daughter at a movie? How do you think I feel about frontal hugs? And how do you think I feel about someone trying to kiss her?
Just so we can properly level-set. My daughter is not a tool for you to discover manhood, feel cool, or meet your physical desires. She is my daughter. And if a young boy treats her great and with respect, I will treat him great and with respect. If you value what I value, I will treat you like pure gold.
Many parents out there don’t feel like I do. All anyone has to do is visit a mall or movie theatre to know that. The reality is that your teenage son is going to have a lot of options. But I pray my daughter isn’t one of them.
Parents, please raise your boys right. Don’t make me or other dads who want to protect their little girls as long as possible to have to do that for you. Because we will if we have to.
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