7 Women Share the Most Awesome Love Lessons Their Dads Ever Taught Them

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Sure, they threaten to beat our high school boyfriends to a pulp if they hurt us. But dads can also be pretty cool about relationships and love, and how to make both work. So, in honor of Father's Day on Sunday, we asked Women's Health editors, relationship experts, and real women across the U.S. for the best advice their fathers have ever given in the romance department. 

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"My dad was a new immigrant to Canada, and when he arrived in his university town, he was directed to the wrong school. There, he met a student who invited him to my mother's surprise birthday party. This was exactly 50 years ago. What I learned from my dad's story is that love isn't linear. You can make the wrong turn and meet the right person." —Andrea Syrtash, author of He's Just Not Your Type (And That's a Good Thing)

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"My dad's advice? Take care of your physical health so you can be there for each other." —Elizabeth Narins, WomensHealthMag.com social media and special projects editor

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"It's not particularly romantic, but in a particularly astute moment, my father said this to me: 'Men are always thinking the simplest thing possible. You women, your brain is constantly going and you're overanalyzing and thinking everything to death. A guy? A guy is always thinking whatever the simplest thing is that he could be thinking.' Now that I'm married, I always remember this advice when my husband does something that makes me mad or makes me think he's doing something on purpose—he's probably not. He's probably just thinking about a sandwich or something." —Justine LoMonaco

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"My dad says communication and honesty are the most important parts of any relationship—you have to be open with each other if you're going to work together." —Alison Goldman, WomensHealthMag.com assistant editor

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"My father always told my sister and I that sex should be a wonderful part of our lives. He also said that he would be comfortable with whatever decision we made as long as it was something we both wanted, we were protected emotionally and physically, and it wasn't at the behest of a partner. To this day, I still think it was the most extraordinary thing that a father could tell his daughter." Ã¢â‚¬”Logan Levkoff, Ph.D., sexologist and sex educator

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"My dad is the first (and usually the last!) person I go to for advice on everything—excluding love and dating and sex. Definitely not sex! But he's loved my mom every day for over 26 years. Their type of love isn't the kind of thing that can easily be put into words, but it's guided every relationship decision I've ever made. What better 'advice' is there than that?" —Emily Pifer, Women's Health editorial assistant

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"When my parents were younger, my dad got a job in another state and my mom came along with him as the 'trailing spouse'—leaving her own job and uprooting so that he could pursue his new job. Twenty-plus years later, my mom got offered her dream job in a different state… and this time, my dad was the trailing spouse. I know it wasn't easy for him, but it really left a huge impression on me about what kind of marriage I want in my own life: One in which my partner and I can take turns supporting one another and celebrating each other's accomplishments as equals." —Carolyn Kylstra, WomensHealthMag.com site director

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