If you're the parent of daughters, here are 10 things you don't want people to ask you.

10 Things You Don’t Say to the Parents of Daughters

Parenting Daughters

When you’re a parent, you get lots of advice.  And if you know me, you know that I hate unsolicited advice. I hated it when I was single and people told me how to find a husband. I hated it when I was pregnant and people told me how I should take care of myself. I hated it when my kids were small and people told me how to discipline them. Unless I walk up to you parents of daughtersand say “Excuse me, random stranger – could you please tell me your thoughts on ____________ ” I really don’t want to hear your advice.

But what if you’re the parent in a unique position? Like having more than 4 kids or having all your kids be of the same sex? When you have daughters – especially THREE daughters, you tend to get a lot of “advice”. People have said some pretty ballsy things to us over the years.  Things that when it comes out of their mouths you cock your head to the side and think… “did you REALLY just say that?!” and then shake your head because yes, yes they did.

So here they are in Letterman style and depending on my mood, my responses.  Sometimes I even say out loud…

Top 10 Things You Don’t Say to Parents of Daughters

10. How will you afford three weddings? (We’re telling them marriage is overrated and if they still insist, we’ll pay them to elope)

9. How do you deal with all the hormones? (We lock them in their room and let them pull each others hair out)

8. Is your favorite color pink? (No. My favorite color is black and I wear it constantly.)

7. How do you deal with all the cattiness? (We bought a dog.)

6. Aren’t you worried they’ll get pregnant? (The chastity belts help ease my worries)

5. How do you afford all the stuff they use like makeup and hair things? (They don’t eat anymore so we just use grocery money)

4. Your husband needs a shotgun. (He’s got plenty.. makes gift giving easy)

3. Oh man… your poor husband. (He’s in jail from owning all those shotguns)

2. Are you going to go for a boy? (That was Cassie’s job. She failed us as you can see.)

and the number one thing you don’t say to the parents of all girls:

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1. Boy, I’d hate to be in your house when it’s “that time of the month”

Yeah… every time I get that last one, it still awes me. Especially when it’s combined with #3. My response to them is usually “Don’t feel sorry for him, feel sorry for me! He leaves.”


(I know that there are a lot of families out there with special needs that get even more asshat comments and I’m not taking away from that, I promise 🙂 )



July 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm

This is AWESOME! Isn’t it amazing the things that people say! When I was pregnant with baby girl #1 and my husband told some colleagues that we were having a girl, they actually had the nerve to say, ‘Well, are you going to try for a boy?’ Seriously?!
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July 12, 2013 at 7:22 am

This just made me supremely thankful I only have one girl… Hilarious!
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March 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Ok, I’m laughing. Funny list! But then again, I really love unwanted questions and parenting advice. Once in the grocery store, when my two oldest were toddlers, they were screaming at the top of their lungs and I told them if they didn’t quit, we’d leave the store. When we actually did leave (because I had to follow through), a woman followed me out to tell me that I was overreacting and that they were cute. Really, thanks so much! Will she think they’re cute when they’re teenagers and run havoc because I never disciplined them when they were younger? Ten plus years later, when I run into this woman, I still cringe.
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March 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Someone once commented that my husband must get lonely with only girls in the house. REALLY? I’m pretty sure even my laid back husband verbalized his thoughts to that douche bag. Excellent list!
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March 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

Well, as I only have one boy (9 1/2) I typically hear more about only having one child.
I do get some folks asking “Did you try for a girl, too, after you had him?” or “I guess you wanted a girl…”
I get some empathy from my friends that are dads of all girls. We agree that we’re outnumbered, but we like it.

March 26, 2013 at 7:31 am

Ha!Ha! I have three girls also (ages 5, 8, & 10) and have pretty much gotten all these same comments. It is amazing what people will assume they know and, then, what they actually let come out of their mouths!
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March 26, 2013 at 7:15 am

great List Kristen. Thanks for collecting the list.

Add this one to the list – as the Dad, I remember hearing, “Wow, I bet you’re the King of that house.” Yeah, Nope!
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