Tillmann Prüfer was born in 1974. He heads the style section of ZEITmagazin and is on its editorial board. He has received many awards during his career in journalism and has written several successful books. He lives with his family in Berlin.
DAD GETS IT OR CAN IT GO AWAY?
“You have four daughters? Really? How do you manage?” Tillmann Prüfer hears those kinds of remarks a lot. His youngest daughter is in kindergarten, another at primary school, yet another is going through puberty while the eldest is sitting her school leaving exams. Every day he grapples with all the moments of wonder and insanity that occur in the lives of girls. He’s the only male in his household.
But who’s raising whom? Who can help him with answers to questions like, do I have to like my kids’ friends? What about their parents? Can I help when someone breaks their hearts? Should my daughters look up to me? What do I do if they hate my new pullover, throw it away?
All his daughters want, however, is for him to get a driver's’ license. Other kids are driven around in SUVs, but he takes his children to birthday parties on public transport. So embarrassing!