Last month, Leanne and I attended a FamilyLife Weekend to Remember event in Hershey, PA. As you may recall from a few of my posts, this was a memorable and special weekend for us. While we were there, we picked up several books to help us in our marriage and in our parenting. One such resource was Interviewing Your Daughter’s Date (8 Steps To No Regrets) by FamilyLife co-founder and president Dennis Rainey.
Interviewing Your Daughter’s Date is a short book designed for father’s with daughters. In this book, Rainey offers his perspective on how to approach the whole dating thing with your daughter and her potential dates. Rainey recommends a process of interviewing each young man prior to permitting his daughter to go out with him. This may sound old-fashioned and intimidating, but I think that Rainey is on to something.
Not only does this method protect the daughter from guy’s who might not match up with the family expectations for moral perspective, work ethic, and boundaries, Rainey’s interviewing process provides an opportunity to shape the lives of young men. As part of the interview, Dennis Rainey asks each young man to use this method if and when their own daughter’s start to date.
Interviewing Your Daughter’s Date comes at a good time in my parenting path. My daughter, Hannah, hasn’t started dating yet; however, at age 14, the whole dating thing isn’t too far off. As a dad, I want to be prepared to protect my daughter and to help her find the right man. Rainey’s book definitely gives me a lot to think about as I prepare for this time in my parenting journey.
I would recommend Interviewing Your Daughter’s Date to any parent with daughters. You’ll find the book educational, encouraging, and thought-provoking.
When was your last interview?
Do you have any daughters? If so, how have you handled the dating process or how do you plan to handle the dating process?