About Dads and Daughters

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?

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3 Responses to About Dads and Daughters

  1. I don’t think my father has ever quite gotten over the fact that I majored in History and not something “marketable” like Engineering, which would never have happened in a million years. In his mind, my UVA degree was wasted.

  2. Jerry Bryan says:

    My daughter and two daughters-in-law are college grads who juggled careers and kids. One daughter-in-law now has moved her management job to home while the other two became stay-at-home moms when their husbands’ income grew. I’m very proud of all of them; they hit home runs when they had dual roles and home runs when they focused on one role. My job is to provide encouragement, smiles, and applause, and that’s easy to do as a dad who is watching good people make good choices.

  3. Beth says:

    My dad was raised by a single working mom in the 30’s and 40’s. She baked bread every day and grew her own vegetables. She taught school and even had to take a job out of state and leave my dad in the care of his older sisters. In his life work was necessary for survival. He understands my need to work. He sympathizes with my burden. I think he secretly wishes I could stay home but like a good dad, keeps his mouth shut. He’s the best!

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