Dad’s ‘Rules for Dating My Daughters’ Actually Gets It Right

My friend recently had a baby girl and the first thing I said to him is: “You’ll have to get a guard dog now.” In hindsight, having read the case in the upcoming story, I feel a bit silly for saying that. I was just repeating what I’ve heard throughout my life – that fathers will instinctively protect their daughters from future hormonal boyfriends.

But one dad-of-five from Jonesborough, Tennessee wrote a message that has gone viral that questions my use of that hackneyed phrase.

J. Warren Welch video screengrab
Credit: Instagram / @j.warren.welch

What did this father have to say about guys who want to date his five daughters?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post,,, and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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