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Whether you're daddy's little girl or his independent sidekick, one thing is for certain: Your father wants nothing but the best for you, and that includes one happy, healthy marriage. Here, four fathers break down exactly what they want their daughters to experience in marriage and with their partners.
"I want her to have the kind of marriage where she and her husband realize it's not always going to be happy, and are willing to stick through it anyway," says one dad. "I think too many people throw in the towel when marriage gets tough, rather than really doing the work it takes to make it through a rough patch."
"When she's sad or stressed, my wife can always count on me to make a joke and lighten the mood. I want my daughter's husband to do that for her," says another dad. "I think lightening your partner's load and making them smile is one of the best things you can do for one another."
"I want them to understand the value of compromise and sacrifice," says one father. "I spent a lot of my marriage worried about what I was getting out of it and subsequently, my marriage ended in divorce. I hope these two can see that it's not about what they're getting out of it — it's about working together to make sure both their needs are met."
"To soak up each other before they have kids," says another dad. "I want her to travel with her husband and go on date nights and stay up late talking in bed. I want them to feel like they had a marriage before they had a family."