They’re words that many a father of a girl dreads: “I want a boyfriend.”
John Tierney from Blantyre, Scotland faced this with his four-year-old daughter Grace on Sunday and his response has gone viral.
He told the Evening Times that Grace waved to two boys who were going past them on their scooters. Tierney told her not to wave at the boys “because they’re smelly” and that sparked a debate about whether she could have a boyfriend.
“Daddy will break his legs,” Tierney says in the video.
He takes it a step further to suggest he’ll kidnap and hold hostage the father of Grace’s future boyfriend.
“No!” she protests. “Listen, I want a boyfriend. If I want a boyfriend, I’m getting a boyfriend.”
Tierney then says her future is in a convent.
“You’re going to work for Jesus,” he says pulling out his crucifix necklace.
The video of the playful banter between father and daughter has gone viral in the U.K. with fellow dads praising Tierney.
@tierney_tyre hahaha brilliant, just showed this to my wee Ghirl and thankfully she doesn’t want a boyfriend anyway lol
— john mcgrady (@mcgrady79) April 26, 2016
@tierney_tyre @joe_averagejoe Grace is a very determined young lady John! I know who my money is on to win this argument!👍
— Maureen Donnelly (@maureencd) April 25, 2016
We like minded fathers gotta stick together and promote the cause. #DADD
Dads Against Daughters Dating
— Free Radical (@radical_free) April 25, 2016
@tierney_tyre @bpth67 That’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing that. Bless you both
— Mr Malky Foundation (@MrMalky) April 24, 2016
@tierney_tyre This is parenting. Absolutely zero fkn about.
— Davie Miller (@badger_funk) April 24, 2016
@tierney_tyre @spotthedog67 As a father and a grandfather I know where your coming from. Good luck with your plan.
— Charled mckeown (@Sememstained) April 25, 2016