I’ll be the first to proudly admit that my dad is my best friend. He is the first one I turn to when something goes wrong. He’s the one cleaning up every mess. He answers every call, drys every tear.
My dad leads the example of how I should live my life, and he constantly strives to see me improve while encouraging and supporting every dream I have.
However, being a daddy’s girl means having very unbelievably high expectations.
We have spent our entire lives being worshiped and adored by someone, and we’d be damned if we settled now. Not only that, but it would be a slap in the face to him if we ever dated someone below the standard he set so high.
My father showed me through his actions how I should be treated by a guy.
He pays for everything.
My dad will laugh at me if I take my wallet out in his presence. And if I do, it’s only to open it if he throws some cash my way.
I’m completely capable of paying for my own things. I have a job and good career, but that isn’t the point. The point is showing me that chivalry isn’t dead and I shouldn’t believe it to be.
As a guy and potential boyfriend, you pay for things out of respect for the girl, not because you have to, but because you want to.
He opens every door.
Again, I am completely capable of opening my own door. But, it just shows a sign of respect, again proving chivalry isn’t dead.
He keeps his word.
Whether it’s being somewhere on time or following through with a promise, he is the one person I know I can rely on with everything.
Any guy I would consider to be a boyfriend should provide those same things.
He forgives me.
Like in relationships, you’ll fight, make mistakes and say things you each regret. But the most important thing is working through it, finding a solution and not holding onto the past. But instead, keep moving forward.
As a daughter, I still haven’t forgiven myself for some of the mistakes I've made, but somehow he has.
Relationships are the same way, you need to forgive each other for the past if you want any hope of a future.
He’s there when I need him.
There were times when I just needed him to be there. There are times when I need him to do things for me. And he does without questioning it or making me feel guilty for not being able to do whatever it was by myself.
I am his priority.
And in the midst of raising a family, being a husband, running a company and having many side jobs, I still come first. That’s how it should be with any guy I get into a relationship with.
He spoils me.
I don’t mean spoiling me with money and extravagant gifts, although he does. He spoils with his company; he spoils me with laughs and by enriching my life and making it better just by being there.
My dad didn't spoil me with possessions, he taught me the most important things are those that can't be bought.
A boyfriend should spoil me in the same way.
He supports me.
My dad is the first one to support my dreams, no matter how crazy, or even if he agrees with it. And when the world is against me, telling me I can’t, he never does.
When people question if what I’m doing is right, or if I should be doing something else, he’s that voice of encouragement. He tells me to keep doing what I’m doing and never give up on my dreams.
Anyone you're in a relationship with is supposed to be the absolute best support system you have, to help you to achieve everything you want.
He compliments me every day.
I could be hungover, still drunk or in bed sick and throwing up. He still finds something good to say about me.
Dad’s jobs are so vital to girls, because every which way, from the moment she is little, to when she becomes a woman, someone is telling her she isn’t good enough, pretty enough or smart enough.
Dad’s have to reverse media stereotypes and everyone who has attempted to convince her of these things, in order to teach her to be confident.
Confidence is key to never settling and that’s why dad’s adore their daughter’s so much because they don’t deserve to settle.
Relationships should be the same way. You should know with confidence there isn’t a girl in the world that can shake his loyalty towards you.
He protects me.
The world is a terribly ugly place sometimes. People are going to hurt you, situations in life are going to break your heart. Dads do everything to avoid this from happening, but when it does, they are usually the shield guarding you from the storm.
A relationship should be the same thing. As long as it's with someone who holds your hand and stands by your side when it's already too late to take cover from the shit hitting the fan.
He takes care of me.
Financially and emotionally, he is someone the family relies on for everything.
But he can’t do that forever. And while he has taught us all to stand on our own feet, and be financially stable on our own, life isn’t meant to be lived alone.
Soon he’ll pass the baton off to a lucky guy, who is worthy of standing at the end of the altar in my presence. Which will allow him to live the rest of his life with confidence knowing his daughter will be okay.
And I’ll be confident in my future if he’s half the man my father is.
Call me spoiled. Tell me I’m a brat. Say my expectations are too high. And I’ll tell you the only reason they are that way, is because my father taught me they should be.
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