A lot of the criticism I’ve received (albeit small) I completely understand, but as I’ve said in other comments, this is the curse of writing. Short posts don’t nearly encompass my world view let alone all my thoughts or how I plan to raise my daughter and didn’t address women and many other issues as it would start becoming convoluted. The truth is, her mother is just as much, if not more, an extremely important force in her life as I’m sure other people will be too. And you are 100% correct. A man can’t save her or complete her, and god forbid, if she thinks that way! I want her to be adventurous and courageous and write her own story. Far too many parents push their expectations on their children. I’m just a guide who wants to show her just how unconditionally loved she is by me and instill in her emotionally healthy values. Looking for compassion, humility, and selflessness in a romantic interest is something most people want and why I harped on that section. I wanted that in a woman and what I looked for when I got married. As for sexual ethics, we can respectfully disagree. I’ve done it both ways, and found emotional stability with one partner much more gratifying. But again, I cannot force that on her (nor would I). I can only guide her in the lessons I have learned. What she chooses to do will not determine my love for her even if we disagree. She will be unconditionally loved simply because she is my daughter. Hope that helps clarfiy a “soundbite” a little more in regards to my post.

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