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Your dilemma is one I have seen arise in many situations. Often both girls and boys compare their date to their parents. Sometimes a boy has a very talented, hardworking and efficient mother and feels the girls he dates fall short of her in many ways. However, the crisis is greater with the girls.

You are fortunate that your daughters have a positive view of men, as this will ultimately help them succeed in marrying well and creating a positive marriage.  I wish you hatzlocha.


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Dr. Yael Respler is a psychotherapist in private practice who provides marital, dating and family counseling. Dr. Respler also deals with problems relating to marital intimacy. Letters may be emailed to To schedule an appointment, please call 917-751-4887. Dr. Orit Respler-Herman, a child psychologist, co-authors this column and is now in private practice providing complete pychological evaluations as well as child and adolescent therapy. She can be reached at 917-679-1612. Previous columns can be viewed at and archives of Dr. Respler’s radio shows can be found at