And, to all you Dads out there — be sure you pay close attention and heed these wise words. About Michael Michael Mitchell is an almost thirty-something dad who blogs daily tips and life lessons for dads of daughters at lifetoheryears. He spends his days practicing the arts of fatherhood and husbandry, while attempting to be a man of God and a professional raiser of philanthropic funds.
Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. It might as well be you. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional. Savor every moment you have together. Life happens pretty fast.
You better cherish it while you can. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider. She will fight with her mother. Buy her those pearls.
Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway. Enjoy the wonder of bath time. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.
Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. Danielle Rocke Toews She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. Learn to say no. Say it over and over again. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.
Make sure she knows that. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. It is in her nature to make music.
She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Never miss her birthday. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.
Let her roll around in the grass. Take her swimsuit shopping. 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. This is a good thing. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. Keep that in mind. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps.
She has no concept of muscle fatigue. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together. Let her know she can always come home. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day.
Enjoy her caterpillar years. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.
Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her. When in doubt, trust your heart. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor. This day is coming soon.
The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be. As much as it pains me, I have had to disable the comment feature.