When you're a father raising a daughter, it's hard.  I know. I've been there. I've covered that ground.

I remember when I was cool in my daughter's eyes.  There was a time she depended on me for everything.  I also remember the moment I was no longer cool.  I took Erin over to a friend's house to pick her up and bring her to our place.  Erin gave me instructions to not embarass her before she got out of the car to pick up her friend.  They both rode in the back seat together.

I am blessed and grateful Erin grew into the young woman she is.  Parenting is tough.  How do you have the talks about drinking, drugs and sex?  It's tough no matter how well you think you're prepared to steer them away from potential trouble.

That's why I have some empathy for President Obama and his wife.  They're going through the same trials all parents face with two young daughters. While the Obamas are not addressing the really tough issues, they said what would happen if Sasha and Malia ever got tattoos.

“What we’ve said to the girls is, if you guys ever decide to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo,” he said in an interview that aired Wednesday on NBC’s “Today.”

The President said the girls have kept him posted on what's cool and what's not.  He says that he and Michelle know how to make things look not so cool.

The tattoo threat is a good way to “dissuade them from thinking that that’s somehow a good way to rebel."

Check.  Now, while I'm chuckling, the really evil side of me wants Sasha and Malia to get tattoos just to see the President and the first lady sporting the same ones on You Tube.

It reminds me of the threat I once made to my daughter and her cousins.  "If you're gonna fight, you're gonna fight me!"

I'm glad it didn't come to that.  Thy might have kicked my butt.