Daddy-Daughter Dances: Weekend Poll

March 23, 2013

Some old traditions are a sweet, nostalgic throwback to an earlier time of innocence.  Others are just weird relics of an outmoded way of thinking.  You decide.

What do you think of Daddy Daughter dances? (choose the closest answer)

  • Creepy for the girls. Awkward for the dads. (41%, 28 Votes)
  • Sweet bonding moments between fathers and daughters on the threshold of womanhood. (22%, 15 Votes)
  • Meh. Take em or leave em. (20%, 14 Votes)
  • What the heck are Daddy Daughter dances? (12%, 8 Votes)
  • The Mormon answer to debutante balls - like a coming out party. (5%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 69

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9 Responses to Daddy-Daughter Dances: Weekend Poll

  1. Chris on March 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Too many young women do not have fathers who are avaiable to attend these dances. They should be eliminated. They marginalize girls who are already feelings marginalized.

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  2. NewlyHousewife on March 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I went to one as part of an Activity Days event. I don’t remember anything about it.

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  3. Douglas on March 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    #1 – that sourpuss attitude is why no one can have any fun anymore. Certainly any bishop and YW president worth their respective salts would make effort to accommodate girls w/o fathers (whether by divorce or death). Likewise should we do away with father-son camp-outs due to ever more broken families? Again, we shouldn’t neglect those that lack.
    I’ve done the dance before and look forward to doing it again in about five years time. If any of my granddaughters are in need likewise when it’s their time, I’ll gladly escort them. There’s nothing “creepy” about it unless you buy that feminist crap that every man is a lecher/bigot/homophobe/misogynist.

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  4. Jenn on March 23, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I think for 12 and under it sounds like a blast. But anything super fancy would be more of an excuse for girls to dress up. Bonding at that age can’t be contrived.

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  5. Toni on March 24, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    I went to a daddy daughter date when I was around ten. I had no dad, so one was assigned to me.

    I had fun enough, but the concept of bonding with a dad was foreign to me (I didn’t know what I was missing, apparently).

    I could take them or leave them. They mean nothing to me one way or the other.

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  6. anonlds on March 24, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    #3 We have done away with father and sons outings and replaced them with priesthood commemoration outings. I can’t help but think that was done to make everyone feel welcome, whether men with male kids or boys without fathers.

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  7. annegb on March 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    These have been very important for my girls–they adore their dad! Bill took our granddaughter last year and she was so cute and delighted to be with grandpa.

    I asked my 4th grade teacher to go with me because my dad was off drunk and AWOL somewhere. He went! I loved it and him. What a guy.

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  8. jmb275 on March 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I really sympathize with the comment in #1…it does tend to marginalize.

    I actually really like the idea! I do agree that over 12 it could be a bit more creepy and awkward, but for under 12, girls often adore their daddy. I really hope to take my little girls on one of these in the near future as they get to that age.

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  9. jks on March 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    I would love it if my girls could have a daddy daughter activity.

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