The early Spider-Girl stories were about nothing if not Pete having to deal with the fact that he raised his daughter right, and that she wanted to do what he did, and it made him crazy. Tom has talked in interviews that that was based on his brother, who had been a cop, and his teenage daughter was at one point considering going into the military, and his brother would not have it. He served in the military, he was a cop, he raised a family, but he went out everyday and risked his life, and now his daughter wanted to make the same decision for herself and he was completely against. Tom saw the dynamic, and heard the fights and mediated a lot of those disagreements, and a lot of that is what fed into the early dynamic in Spider-Girl.
— Ron Frenz