Fatherly Wisdom: 16 Ladies Share What Dad Taught Them About Love

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'Be able to live without him', 'Boys are like buses' and more important love lessons dad taught us.

When it comes to love, dads try their best to protect us from the boys that will break our hearts. They make us promise at a ridiculously early age (around kindergarten) that we won't date until we're 30 (which seems fine at the time, since all boys have cooties anyway). In our early teens, dads threaten to answer the door with a baseball bat when our date comes to pick us up (and warn us that he better actually come to the door, regardless).

But for all of the guarding they do, dads also guide us to make the right decisions when it comes to love (even if no guy will ever measure up to their standards). Read on for the best love advice that these 16 ladies received from their fathers — from when to fall in love, to when to walk away, and how love is actually kind of like a potato...

1. You Can't Force Someone To Care About You.

"My dad overheard me in a fight with my boyfriend when I was in high school. I was screaming at him and telling him he didn't care about me (I just found out he cheated). My dad came into my room mid-yell and said to me, 'You can't force someone to care about you. You can't manipulate it. If he doesn't care, it's his loss.'  I never chased a guy or tried to make him care after that." -Renee, 26

2. You Can't Throw Love Around.

"My dad is very Russian, and once told me, 'Love is not a potato. You can't throw it out the window.'" -Vicky, 35

3. Make Sure You're Committed.

"Prior to getting married, my dad told me, 'Be committed to the commitment,' because my husband will make mad someday, and I must stay loyal to my vows until my love catches up, and that only happens with time." -Nichole, 39

4. Marry The Man Who Accepts You.

"My father told me, 'Do not marry the guy who wants you to change. Marry the one who believes that being with an irrepressible, untamable, and unapologetic woman makes him the luckiest man on earth.'" -Sandy, 35

5. Be Wise About Forgiveness.

"My dad taught me the importance of being able to forgive without being made a fool of, which is important in any relationship. His actions and charisma spoke louder than words, and I am forever grateful for what he taught me, not so much in words, but by his actions." -Laura, 79

6. Have Fun.

"My dad always said to have fun with each other, and to remember where it all started!" -Colleen, 26

7. Loneliness Is Better Than Unhappiness.

"My dad told my sister and I that it is better for us to be lonely than to end up in unhappy marriages." -Michelle, 39

8. Choose Someone You Value.

"My father told me to choose someone that I value as much as I value myself." -Linda, 59 KEEP READING ...