What I Really Want for My Three Daughters

Jonathan and his three girls in June 2014.My days as the father of three girls are filled with Taylor Swift songs, cheerleading dance routines and “Say Yes to the Dress” marathons.

Mix in a little drama, some estrogen and lots of nail polish, and you have a better idea of how things roll in my family.

With daughters 12, 9 and 6, I realize my experience as a dad is a different than most. Fortunately, I have a small fraternity of fellow dads with multiple daughters. I have four friends each with three daughters and one friend with four. We often joke about the perils of tween texting, teaching our young ladies how to drive and the projected costs of their weddings.

ESPN is rarely on in our house. Our girls embarrassingly have trouble distinguishing a touchdown from a home run, but they do know a little about fishing, camping and even archery. When it comes to being their dad, I’m all about helping them fulfill new adventures, travel and experiences.

Like Disney, dads today are in the memory-making business.

This spring, I went on a little adventure of my own to New York City, attending an awards luncheon for America’s top female executives. As is typical for me, I was one of the only males there. I heard from women in leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies and large nonprofits. I was impressed by what they shared about their careers and their personal lives.

Jonathan and his girls in June 2010.At that moment, I remember looking around the ballroom filled with powerful, self-made women and thinking I could see any of my three girls in a similar venue in 20 to 30 years.

Fortunately, they have an amazing role model in their mom. I remember asking myself at that event, “What do I really want for my precious girls?”

My immediate response: I’d love about nine grandbabies.

My real response: Outside of their health and happiness, I want my girls to feel empowered — now and in the future. I want them to feel empowered to be the type of women they want to be whether this means being:

  • successful executives at top companies, if they want;
  • confident and proud stay-at-home moms, if they want; or
  • business or nonprofit entrepreneurs, if they want.

I want my girls to love how they spend their days and follow their passions. This Father’s Day, I’m more committed than ever to ensure my daughters feel empowered in all aspects of their lives.

Jonathan Rhudy joined Rhudy & Co. in 2004 because he realized he only has one chance to be the best dad possible.