A proud Tennessee dad of 5 girls, J. Warren Welch, has got everyone talking after rules for dating his daughters went viral.
The rules he shared on Facebook on Sunday reads;
“Rules for dating my daughters,” Jeff Warren Welch began on Facebook. “You’ll have to ask them what their rules are. I’m not raising my little girls to be the kind of women who need their daddy to act like a creepy possessive badass 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 closed his post with “Good luck, pumpkin.”
Welch who is dad to five girls ranging from the age of 6 to 16, told ABC News he was inspired to write his rules after overhearing a conversation at work, where he’s the manager of an all-male department in a factory in the Appalachian Region. According to him, his coworkers were discussing intimidating men who were coming to date their daughters.
Describing himself as a poet and a feminist, Welch said although he grew up in a very “conservative household” where women were “submissive,” he’s really trying to ensure his daughters become the best women they can be.
“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.”