A Tennessee dad with five daughters has an incredible message for any boys who hope to date his little girls one day.
No, he’s not going to grab his rifle and wait on the front porch all night, nor is he going to sit down his daughters’ suitors for a stern talk.
Instead, he’s doing something revolutionary—by letting his daughters speak for themselves.
According to ABC News, J. Warren Welch’s eye-opening Facebook post has been making headlines since last weekend.
"You'll have to ask them what their rules are," Welch, 39, wrote on Facebook. "I'm not raising my little girls to be the kind of women who need their daddy to act like a creepy possessive bada-- in order for them to be treated with respect."
"You will respect them, and if you don't, I promise they won't need my help putting you back in your place," he added. "Good luck, pumpkin."
In a matter of hours, the amazing message immediately went viral, with many parents praising Welch for his refreshing advice.
Welch, who shares a blended family with his wife, Natasha Welch, is raising six daughters between the ages of 6 and 16.
While speaking with ABC News, Welch said he felt inspired to write the post after overhearing a conversation amongst his co-worker at the all-male department in a factory in the Appalachian Region, where he is the manager.
Welch instantly felt uneasy when the men began talking about intimidating any boys who ever wanted to date their daughters.
"I understand the mindset. I'm a very protective father," he said. "But I'm more sensitive because a lot of the messaging has overtures of misogyny in it."
Although Welch admits that he grew up in a "conservative household" where women were "submissive," he would prefer for his daughters to be more independent.
"It’s trying to raise them to know who they want to be and to be who they want to be and to do what makes them happy," he explained. "As a father raising daughters, I have to step back. I don’t get to build this picture of what my daughter’s lives should look like."
After Welch shared his post on Facebook, hundreds of commenters praised the dad for his words of wisdom.
“Love this! Overly protective, territorial dads are weird. The "I'll kill anyone who looks at my daughter!" type are creepy AF,” one woman wrote.
“I am the fourth of my daddy's five girls. You and he would have gotten along just fine,” another added. “My sisters and I are a product of the philosophy you engage with your children. I assure you, your promise will hold true. Your daughters will bless your name as we bless Dad.”
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