My husband and my daughter are spending some quality time together lately as I travel a bit for work. I always enjoyed the times I had my dad to myself and have always been fortunate to have a dad (and a dad-in-law) who are so supportive of me as a mom, a working mom and a daughter.
Some friends have mentioned to me over the years that their dads are, let’s just say, not so supportive. One working mom friend even told me that her father has made no bones about the fact that he thinks she should be staying home with her young children. This, she says, from the guy who paid for her to go to college.
It’s perplexing, and these dads who raised us in the seventies and eighties are probably in a funny place. Many of them have wives who stayed at home. No doubt nearly all of their mothers stayed at home. And yet, as women rose in the workplace they worked alongside them and eventually, had daughters.
What does your dad think of you, as a working mom? Has he always been supportive and encouraging? If your dad doesn’t approve of the path you’ve chosen, how do you feel about that? Does it bother you?
Dads, what do you hope for your daughters?