Saturday, July 14, 2012

To You, Dad


Don't get me wrong...little girls love their mommies. When they're hurt and need a Band-Aid, they'll run to mom. When they need a new dress, they'll run to mom. When they have exciting news about that boy in second period, they may run to mom. But do not misunderstand. It's dad that makes the world go 'round. When dad says 'you look nice tonight', THAT'S what puts the warm glow in a little girl's heart.

Never, never, never underestimate the power of a father's influence. Never think it is trivial to the rest of her life, no matter how she acts or what she says. Never think it's unimportant. And never, never, never think it's too late.

You must become involved in your daughter's life. You need to know who her friends are and where she goes. You need to tell her how you feel about her actions, and spend time talking to her about consequences. It WILL make a difference. Take the time to find common ground. It's not an easy thing to do, but parenting isn't for cowards, and your little girl is worth it. Besides you'll enjoy the view from the pedestal.

Some ideas:
Text her. Phone her. Take her out to lunch. Take her to work with you. Go fishing. Go to the movies. Let her practice driving. Have a picnic. Play cards. Text her. Write her a note. Play chess. Go bowling. Go for a hike. Go to a museum. Have a movie night at home with popcorn. Play board games. Take funny pictures together. Text her!

Good luck, Dad. You won't regret it.

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  1. Nice article, Robyn - Thx for the inspiration. I especially like the "play chess" suggestion. I don't recall any girls playing it when I was a kid; only boys. So, I got my daughter started with chess at age 6. She really enjoys it and does quite well with it.

  2. I'm so proud you taught your daughter to play chess! I never learned...I'm a checkers girl!!