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The Perfect Father's Day Compliment

husband, father, tech enthusiast
I must be doing something right.

Parenting is hard. Relationships are hard. Sometimes it feels like I’m too flawed to be good at either of them. Sometimes it feels like no matter how hard I try and no matter how good my intentions, things don’t go the way I had hoped.

I guess I’m doing OK though. After our Father’s Day zip-lining adventure, we went over to the brewey next door for some lunch and drinks. As we were talking, one of my teenage daughters (16) was talking about a girl at school that she just started dating. My oldest daughter (21) said something to the effect of “I’m so glad you like girls. Honestly, I hope you both like girls because men are trash.” She then went on for a few minutes about her bad experience with men in general and finished with “There are no good men out there, except dad. I wish all men were like dad.”

It makes me feel really good to know that I’ve been a good male role model for my daughters. Sometimes it’s hard to be a dad raising daughters, especially when they’re teenagers. They don’t often want to talk so it’s hard to get feedback. I’m really happy my daughter said what she said. I couldn’t have asked for a better compliment on Father’s Day.