As Father's Day approaches, I have been thinking of some things my Dad taught me that has helped me immensely throughout my life. And some things I wish I would have learned earlier.
(I have no advice for parents of boys. I am not a boy.)
All you Dads out there? Take some advice from a former little girl:
1. Teach your daughters how to drive a standard transmission. So when her boyfriend is drunk and unable to drive her home, she can dump him in the back of his souped-up ride and get herself home in one piece. Then she can leave drunk boyfriend in the car in the driveway to sleep it off...to get awoken by you in the morning.
2. Teach your daughter how to change the oil in her car. So when she is on her own (or with a man who doesn't know how) she can save herself a lot of money by rolling up her sleeves and rolling under the car to do it herself. Also let her watch and ask questions when you are working on your car.
*I impressed the Hell out of an ex-boyfriend and his cronies when I replaced the boyfriend's alternator. Six guys standing around a car, clueless...then I borrowed tools from a neighbor and just did it myself.*
3. Teach your daughter how to use tools. And give her your old ones. A woman's toolbox should not only hold mascara.
4. Teach your daughter how to field dress a deer. That might just come in handy someday. Really.
5. Teach your daughter how to change the fuses in the circuit box.
6. Teach your daughter how to mow the grass, preferably on a huge old tractor. She will be able to handle this alone and not have to count on a service or any one else. And she will enjoy the tan she receives.
7. Teach your daughter that while her pretty looks may open some doors, they won't keep her in the door. Remind her that she has a brain and that she knows how to use it.
8. Teach your daughter to respect herself, so that others will respect her too.
9. Teach your daughter about your parents and your wife's parents. This is where your daughter came from and she will cherish the stories throughout her life.
10. Teach your daughter that she is more precious to you than your own life. Having your support and your love can pave the road for her and keep her head above water when things are tough.
11. Teach your daughter to kick back every once in a while and enjoy what they have wrought.
Anyone have any lessons they learned from their Dad's to share here?