I, and the rest of the planet, have seen this photo going around social media like wild fire the last few days.

It gave me a chuckle as I pictured the over-protective daddy wearing that shirt. I have sons, not daughters, and they’ve got one over-protective Mama too!

“The idea of dad polishing his gun while meeting the new boyfriend is often the lazy commentary when it comes to how fathers will handle their daughters dating.” We believe this commentary is just as harmful in perpetuating stereotypes.

And be warned stereotypes: “We will make you go away.” Your thoughts?

Trust me, mothers of sons can be just as psychotic as fathers of daughters, and to avoid that, I have come up with the following rules for dating my son: 1. I have already heard stories of girls who suddenly began cutting themselves, ran away from home, and have threatened to kill themselves. If your name is "Becky Jones", I don't want to see "Becky Berg" written all over your notebooks. Many will be worthy of your hand in marriage, but my son isn't going there until he has his degree(s) and has a good job. These rules are WAY more lenient than some other mothers who want the girl to carry a bible and wear a chastity belt.

My son is a child, and no child should be tortured with thoughts of you harming yourself. My son is involved in school activities, and cannot be with you 24/7. I am a realist, and when my boys get older and find "the one", I want to have a great relationship with my daughters-in law. For a list of my other posts, please visit my Chicago Now page!

He was raised that family comes first and until there is a ring on his finger, I am his family, not you. He does not have Hasbro, Mattel or any other toy company tattooed on his person.

Hence, he is not an object for you to play with, manipulate, and discard at your leisure. Or, if you have a son, some girl will just happen to be in your neighborhood and show up not fully clothed, asking to see your baby. I will ask you a lot of questions and make sure you know that I know how special my son is. Some teenage boy in a car with very, very darkly tinted windows will drive up to your house with his woofers and tweeters going full blast. Not really, but I will try to figure out what kind of girl you are before you spend time with my son. The list above plays off a repeating joke: “I will make you go away.” Well, with a mother like you, that might be a relief.If a young woman can’t even date your son without being threatened, what is life going to be like when she marries him? A while back, Aaron Gouveia made some observations on The Good Men Project about “The Rules” that every father supposedly follows when a boy is dating his daughter. ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ REFERENCES SECTION: Church you attend _______________________________________________How often you attend ____________________________________________When would be the best time to interview your:father? Please answer freely, all answers are confidential. If I were shot, the last place I would want shot would be: ______________________________________________________________B.