A 23-year-old mom, Caitlin Fladager from Vancouver, Canada, Tweeted about her husband’s tradition of taking their daughter out on “daddy-daughter” dates.
In previous posts, Fladager wrote about how she got pregnant unexpectedly when she and her husband were teenagers. People told her that “her life was over” and that she should not expect her boyfriend to stick around. Now they are married and have two children together.
My husband was only 17 when I got pregnant with our daughter & I was told to expect him to leave. 4 years ago, when I asked him how he would be different than any other teen dad, he said “I guess you’ll have to wait and see so I can show you” He definitely did. ❤️ then vs now pic.twitter.com/V6OQhSYbSh
— caitlinfladager (@caitlinflads_) November 30, 2017
So in line with her other posts about her husband’s loyalty to her and their kids, Fladager posted:
Every month this year, my husband has taken our daughter out on “dates”. He brings her home flowers, helps her pick out a dress, and takes her out to split a dessert with him. It’s become a tradition.
Every month this year, my husband has taken our daughter out on “dates”. He brings her home flowers, helps her pick out a dress, and takes her out to split a dessert with him. It’s become a tradition. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/MAbuExXVtq
— caitlinfladager (@caitlinflads_) November 29, 2017
People responded in different ways to the post. Some thought it was a sweet tradition between father and daughter and the post brought back warm memories of when their fathers would take them out on “daddy-daughter” dates.
My dad used to do this with me and it’s one of my best memories growing up. I would go to my nana’s house and she would get me ready and he’d pick me up all dressed up at the front door with flowers ❤️
— Celina Padilla (@_anileccc) November 30, 2017
My dad did this w us starting on our 8th birthdays. Each bday after we’d go on a “date” & he’d surprise us w flowers too. He was such a gentleman! Really set the standards pretty high for real life dating!
— ♥️ (@LoveRunandPray) December 7, 2017
My dad did this for me and now that he’s not here, it means even more to me. ?❤️
— Adrianna Henderson (@thetexannomad) December 1, 2017
Others thought it was inappropriate for a father to take his daughter out on a “date.”
That’s kinda creepy
— Nidelfes ⚡️ (@nidelfes) December 5, 2017
I like dads doing things with their kids. Calling it a “date” creeps me out though. Do they go out on “dates” with their sons?
— BeatsByUnited (@GallopinDragons) December 6, 2017
Twitter user Doesnt_matter Judith wrote in several tweets:
When I read the tweet I only thought about how creepy & wrong it sounds. A dad shouldn’t go on dates with his daughter & helping her choose a dress (!) is creepy for a dad & teaches her a man has the right to choose your clothes when you go on dates together. I’m shocked that everybody except you & me think this is a cute & lovely idea. Some dads will sadly teach their daughters she has to pay for the dessert. My dad is awesome but sadly not all fathers are like him.
It also started several debates and discussions about whether it was adorable or creepy to call it a “date.”
Wth is wrong with people calling this creepy? Its just spending some one on one time with your daughter. So many little girls would love to get flowers, dress up and eat some desert. Thats why he chooses to do this probably. To give her a good time.
— Amanda (@Amandavmmm) December 10, 2017
It seems like Fladager meant the post as a “thank-you” to her husband for being there for his daughter and helping her feel special, the way he made her feel special by staying with her despite her unexpected pregnancy.