When it comes to feelings and romance, dads can often be impenetrable walls of mystery. There's certainly societal pressure on men to be less emotional and not show signs of weakness.However, that doesn't mean that dads don't have feelings or thoughts on vulnerable topics like romance and dating. To counteract this assumption, I actually had a handful of friends reach out and ask their dad for love advice, the results were pretty heartwarming.
Of course I reached out to my own dad, and his response definitely made me tear up in the middle of my work day. For four years my parents embarked on a long-distance relationship between the U.S. and China because of my mom's job. Because they had been married for 32 years, a lot our friends and family were really shocked at their decision to live so far apart for an indefinite amount of time. This past holiday season, my mom finally returned to the U.S., and my parents are happily living together again. I think that context makes what my dad said a whole lot sweeter. My parents are really great together and to each other, but that can some times mean I put a lot of pressure on my relationships to work out the exactly the way they have.
I feel like I've often put a lot of pressure on dates and partners to work out the way my parents have from the start. I think that's definitely an outside perspective of someone that only sees their relationship from one angle, though. I'm surprised I never simply thought to ask my dad for dating advice, but there's a first time for everything. If you want to hear some more much-needed love advice from dads, check out what they had to say below.