There's no such thing as being the 'perfect' parent. But, can you blame parents for trying? Tyler gives our girls the world and then some, always fueled by love. And might I add, being a man in a house of females can be overwhelming at times, I'm sure. But, my husband is the ultimate #GirlDad, earning his spot in heaven with his own bathroom. One that won't ever be interrupted with the need for make-up or hair to be done or, a 45-minute + shower.
To Be A Dad In A House Of Girls
A clip from 2015 that was featured on Teen Mom OG shared Tyler opening up about our second baby girl being born. "When I found out I was having a girl, and not a boy, my first thought was, 'dammit, I really wanted a boy so bad.' And now that she's (Nova) here, I can't even picture not having a girl." Fast forward two more girls later and he DEFINITELY can't picture not having girls haha.
Anyways, being a girl dad is more than just having children of your DNA that happen to be female. It's more than just being a parent and teaching them right from wrong. As a girl dad, it's your job to understand what it means to be a female in this world and how to navigate everything (or at least most things) that come with it.
Tyler and I understand that it's a team effort. It's not only my job to teach our girls as they grow. A girl dad can play dress up, do hair, give manicures and also take their daughters fishing, camping and to sporting events. We know that our daughters can benefit from the female AND male perspective of things.
The Power Of a Strong Father-Daughter Bond
According to Parents, "studies show that a strong father-daughter relationship helps a girl develop healthy levels of self-esteem, security, competitiveness and femininity." The article also stated that "girls who've enjoyed good relationships with their fathers are less likely to engage in early sexual behavior or to use alcohol and illegal drugs when they're young."
Tyler and I have learned the importance of him taking on parenting roles the same way I would and the same way he would if having had a boy.
Tyler has and still does take initiative to change diapers, feed, bathe, dress and read to our girls. He also takes part in whatever activities they want to do in the moment, no matter how "girly". He's silly with our girls, he knows how to make them laugh until their stomachs hurt and smile til their cheeks are sore. And, he showers them in love and affection, showing them that men do in fact have a soft side.
On the other side of that, Tyler is a parent to our daughters. He is involved in their lives, he teaches them right from wrong and most importantly, he doesn't ever allow them to believe that their inferior to anyone just because they are girls. Tyler and I introduce our daughters to sports, music, clothing and everything else under the sun that allows them to express themselves in whichever way they want.