Daddy-Daughter Stories

Even though the site's owner tends to frown on non-factual Q&A's, in my opinion Ask Metafilter is at its best when it has more chatty/big-picture/experiential questions such as the recent one asking for stories about things that fathers did to build strong relationships with their daughters.  Some good tips there for any parent with children of any gender though.  This thread also leads to an earlier one about “What does it take to be a dad?” which is equally good.

Sort of along that same line, I still remember being asked as a fairly young boy (aged 10-11) by an aunt and uncle who were expecting their first child, “what do you think your parents did to make you kids turn out so good?”  A bit of an awkward question at that age but I still remember my answer which is especially relevant considering where I am now in my life: “Reading to us and buying us lots of books.” 

Comments 2

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    It's funny that you should write that. When I graduatued from highschool a math teacher, and new father, that had been something of a mentor to me approched my mother and asked her that very same question. As I recall, her answer, at least as she later relayed it to me, was indentical to yours. If I learned anything in 504 it was two isn't statistically significant, but I'd wager from this books and reading aren't a bad parenting strategy regardless.
    Stories like these are awkward to tell because they require us to abandon our instinctive modesty, but I think that in this particular instance the sentemint overrides the need for social graces.

    Posted 30 Oct 2006 at 5:35 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I suspect a lot of people, especially in library school, have a similar story (not that new parents-to-be are curious about how they became such intelligent, widely-read, interesting people! ) but just that the impact of reading and books was so strong that it helped make them into the…well, into the intelligent, widely-read, interesting people that they've become.

    Posted 31 Oct 2006 at 3:09 am
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