Taylor Swift Helps Me to Better Understand My 12-Year Old Daughter

mochadad taylor swiftI’ve never dated Taylor Swift; however she’s played a major role in my life.

You, see, my 12-year old daughter Nee is a huge Taylor Swift fan. And by huge fan, I mean an obsessed fanatic. She has Taylor Swift albums, T-shirts, posters, and a Taylor Swift trivia app on her phone. I hope a game-show producer creates a Taylor Swift version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire because my daughter would be the million dollar winner.

Nee spends countless hours listening to Swift’s songs and memorizing the lyrics. Taylor Swift’s music is my daughter’s song track for life. It gives her hope, cheers her up when she’s having a bad day, and makes her dance around in her room when she thinks no one is watching.

But Taylor Swift also gives me some insight into my daughter’s world. Two songs in particular – Fifteen, and Never Grow Up – have made me think about my daughter’s life and all that she and I will experience in the future.

Oh, darling, don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
Just stay this little – Taylor Swift, Never Grow Up

From the moment I saw my daughter, I was in love. I wanted her to remain a baby and hold her in my arms forever. But she didn’t stay little. She grew into a beautiful 12 year old girl who loves music (Adele is also one of her favorites), books (she currently reading “Drama” by Raina Telgemeier), texting her friends (even if they’re standing right next to her), and making crafts out of duct tape. She also enjoys playing her clarinet and watching Superhero cartoons with me and her two brothers.

At 12, things seem so simple. Next year she will be a teenager and everything will change. It’s interesting how a few months or years can transform a person’s life…read the rest of the article on Babble

Stay Strong,

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at