Thursday, November 1, 2007

Thousands Of Daughters Left As Orphans During Football Season

DENVER (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Each fall, thousands of girls across the United States become orphans thanks to football.

That’s 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 it’s 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 they’re married to, but they can’t even tell you who their own daughter is dating.”

Hudson says it’s 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, Grey’s 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 Hudson’s book, A Letter To My Daughter (Tad Publishing), which hits shelves tomorrow (Nov. 2).

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