He turned his "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" column into a book, which was published in 2001 and was turned into a hit television show in 2002.His other works include How to Remodel a Man, 8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter, A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, and The Dogs of Christmas.

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There are, of course so many things wrong with this picture.

There’s the antiquated patriarchal notion that a father must ward off his daughters suitors, perhaps whilst in shining armor.

And last but not least the threat of violence implicit throughout, as if ones position as “paterfamilias” grants one the right to dish out vigilante justice.

And the worst part is that he probably does think of himself as Father of the Year material. Certainly part of that responsibility comes in the guise of protector.

Our inaugural entrants come in the form of a list and an application.

First, pointed out by Digby at that den of liberal iniquity Hullabaloo and hashed about by the Grounded Parents crew on our super-secret-backchannel private Facebook Group, comes today’s featured image… So I think we can all agree that we have a serious contender here for “Father of the Year”.

There’s the fairly icky habit of referring to any young woman who is old enough to go on a date as “my princess”.

There’s the paranoia of someone who would treat his daughter’s dates as if they are all potential members of Al-Quaida.

Oh yes, fatherhood.” As for the children, we’ve seen similar stereotypical characters on other sitcoms. Kerry is her awkward, brunette younger sister, and Rory is their kid brother who has the creepy habit of hiding in their closets. But it’s his daughters that he is trying to win over.