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5 Rules for Dating My Daughter

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When it comes to dating my daughter I’m reminded of the beginning of the show Get Smart. Some of you may be too young to remember that show, but it is about a dimwitted secret agent. The opening theme of the show had him walking down a long corridor of doors that opened as he moved through. Finally, he reaches a telephone booth. After dialing the right number he drops into a secret passage. That’s the type of security I want around my daughter. Is it possible to date my daughter? Sure, but you have to dial the right numbers and that means following certain rules.

Here are 5 rules for dating my daughter.

1. Before you date her, you’ll have to get past me… and her Dad!

If you want to date our daughter, we will try to figure out what kind of boy you are before you spend time with her. I will ask you a lot of questions and make sure you know that I know how special my daughter is. When you get to know our daughter, you’ll get to know us too.

2. If you text it, I may read it.

No, I’m not going to be nosey, rude or obsessive about it. But, if my daughter’s phone just happens to be laying on the table, and I see she’s gotten a text, I might take a look at it. So be sure you’re comfortable with me seeing what you’re sending. One more thing, she does not take her phone to bed with her. (Have your child sign iMOM’s Cell Phone Contract.)

3. Man up with manners.

I know, the style is to be cool and distant. But if you want to spend time with my girl, I will insist that you treat her like a lady. So, get the door for her, look me in the eye when you talk to me, and please don’t let your britches fall down so low that I have to look at your underwear band. Believe me, good manners will help you get on her good side, and mine too.

4. School comes before fun.

Sure my daughter is fun, but she’s also a student, and in our house, school comes before fun. That means she won’t be going with you to the mall, the movies or out to dinner on a school night.

5. You’ll never be alone with her.

No, I won’t hide in the backseat or stalk you when you’re with my daughter, but she and I have an agreement that she checks in often with home, and lets me know where she is and where she’s going. Also, secret meetings and clandestine adventures will be discovered—I have my ways! 

Tell us! What rules do you have for someone dating your daughter?


What are some characteristics you would want in a future spouse?

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