Thats the stat according to parenting author and recovering football addict Keith Hudson.
Hudson has talked to more than 4,000 football orphans who say their fathers turn into football fanatics each fall, leaving daughters feeling lonely, ignored, and left out of the huddle.
With Monday Night Football, Sunday football, fantasy football, and the Internet, Hudson says its easy for passionate pigskin papas to get sucked in, but warns that an obsession with football can ruin a father-daughter relationship faster than a quarterback sneak.
Says Hudson: Dads that are hooked on football know more about the players than their own daughters. They know all of the players stats, including who theyre married to, but they cant even tell you who their own daughter is dating.
Hudson says its important for dads to find a sports alternative and spend a few hours a week with their daughters talking about life.
He suggests dads connect with their daughters by simply watching chick flicks or a girly TV show they enjoy, like Desperate Housewives, Greys Anatomy, or The Hills.
Hudson adds, I hate to admit it, but I love watching Lifetime movies with my daughters. Girly movies always tackle real life situations. They can be a good springboard for meaningful discussions.
For more father-daughter tips, check out Hudsons book, A Letter To My Daughter (Tad Publishing), which hits shelves tomorrow (Nov. 2).
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