Mitchell said the guest post, called “50 Rules for Dads of Daughters” captured people’s attention and got 250,000 “likes” on Facebook in two weeks.
He said he started receiving email from people all over the country who told him that they were inspired by his post. Fathers wrote him to say that they were inspired to be better dads after reading his post. Women wrote him saying that the post reminded them of how great their fathers were over the years. Other people wrote to say they were going to share his post with other fathers and mothers.
He said some fathers wrote him asking for advice but he told them that his daughter is still very young and just the fact that they were asking questions meant they were on the right track.
Mitchell said occasionally, his wife who is a marriage and family therapist, helped him answer some of those queries.
Eventually, some friends suggested that he write a book featuring his blog musings and just as he was considering self-publishing, an editor with a book publishing company who had seen his “50 Rules” posting contacted him and offered him a book contract.
Show her she’s valuable
Mitchell said he is still getting correspondence from people who like his writing and his ideas about caring for daughters.
He said he’s glad he realized early on how important fathers are to their daughters.
“I think a young girl’s relationship with her dad is the basis for every relationship she’ll have with a man,” he said.
He said he hopes his book conveys the message that fathers should — in ways big and small — show their daughters how valuable they truly are.
“My daughter just wants me to watch her — ‘Daddy, watch this!’ It doesn’t matter what she’s doing but when I give her my attention, it sends her a message that she’s valuable and she’s got worth and that’s just an invaluable thing for her to carry into adulthood.”
These days, Mitchell said he doesn’t have as much time to blog as he did in those first months after his daughter’s birth.
He said now he and his wife are also parents to a son, Benjamin, 14 months, and their little boy and his sister, now 3, keep them very busy.
Mitchell said some people have asked if he is going to write a similar book for his boy.
With little Benjamin starting to walk and Isabella as adventurous as ever, the busy dad said he’s not sure if he’ll have the time for it — he may be too busy parenting.