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By Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW The relationship a daughter has with her father is one that has a profound impact on her life.
The breakup of a family often changes the dynamic of the father-daughter relationship and it can be a challenge to stay connected.
But as good as ideal sounds, it’s hard to find that picture in the Bible, and ultimately it’s far too simple for most not-yet-married realities anyways. What if she’s still single at 25, 30, maybe even 40?
These kinds of complexities can make honoring parents, setting expectations, and finding husbands feel hopeless.
The much-anticipated introduction is an unending fountain of humor for friends and family, but it’s more often an occasion for horror for the young man. In today’s ideal scenario, she brings home a guy the whole family can love, and the rest is matrimony. How about if she moved and met her man far away from home?
The moment is a mountain to overcome in almost any relationship, but I believe it’s a mountain we, as Christians, can capture for the good of the daughter, the suitor, and the father.
One of the most terrifying moments of a not-yet-married man’s life is meeting his girlfriend’s father. Part of the problem is trying to understand a father’s role in his daughter’s pursuit of marriage.
No, he was not conducting an interview for a job ... Yes, it's an event at her school and fully chaperoned, but that letting go thing is so, so . These young men will be called up by him to a higher standard and held accountable.
I think of how amazing it would have been if my dad had actually sat down with and interviewed my dates when I was a teenager. My hubby has been taking our daughter out on dates since she was a little girl, so any fella' who wants to spend time with her has some big shoes to fill (literally—size 14)!
I could erect as many barriers as I liked — and trust me, I would have put up barbed wire if I could — but she would have found a way around it.
After all, from prehistoric times the principle role of a father has been to offer protection, and there are endless examples in popular culture of fathers eyeing with deep suspicion, if not outright hostility, young men with designs on their daughters.