Recently, I came across a beautiful post by Michael Mitchell entitled 50 Rules for Dads of Daughters.
I was so moved by the post, and decided to pick my to 10 favorite rules to share here. Please grab a tissue… I sure needed it!
1. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she add years to her… add life to her years.
2.Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.
3.Enjoy the wonder of bath time.
4.Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.
5.Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.
6.Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.
7.She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.
8.Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.
9.Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.
10.She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.
Because I couldn’t stop at 10…
11.Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.
Happy Sunday families!
To read Michael’s original post, please click here.