'Good luck pumpkin': Dad's message to daughters' future boyfriends

"I ain't raisin' no princesses." - J. Warren Welch
"I ain't raisin' no princesses." - J. Warren Welch  Photo: Shutterstock

It's taken a while, but finally there's a dad out there who has written some rules for his daughters that are actually worth following.

Unlike those often shared 'dating rules' which imply a dad's ownership over their daughters or threaten violence or ban their 'princesses' from making their own choices, this dad is a dead set legend.

His rules aren't even rules. He admits that as a dad it's not his place to make rules for his daughters.

J. Warren Welch uploaded his "rules" to his Facebook account with the caption: "I ain't raisin' no princesses".

The message reads:

"Rules for dating my daughters:

You'll have to ask them what their rules are. I'm not raising my little girls to be the kind of women who need their daddy to act like a creepy possessive badass in order for them to be treated with respect. You will respect them, and if you don't, I promise they won't need my help putting you back in your place. Good luck pumpkin."

His "rules" have been embraced by the Internet with his post liked 3.2 thousand times and shared nearly 20,000 times.


And the response was overwhelmingly positive.

"This, all day every day. Knocked it out of the park!" wrote one person.

"Refreshing variation on the usual imaginary father-boyfriend spiel," said another.

This person wrote: "Have never agreed with or loved something on Facebook soo much!!"

"J.Warren Welch's daughter for President!" was another comment.

It seems most of those commenting were relieved to finally see a message that gave the power to the daughters to search for, and expect, respectful relationships with the men and/or women in the lives.

It shows a dad who wants his girls to be strong, independent and capable, rather than relying on their dad to fight their battles and make decisions for them.

The self-defined feminist dad of three girls sure has struck a chord with other parents out there who are raising confident women.