A post for Dad’s of Daughters

26 Sep

I WISH I could take credit for this post, but there’s no way I could come close… I found this post on From Dates to Diapers  and the original post is from here.  I just loved the full list of ’50 Rules for Dad’s of Daughters’.

I’ve ‘copied’ a lot of the list, but tried to personalize it for the Dad in our family… All credit to the original writer though and please do visit both these websites for  the full list and more great posts.

  • Love her mom…. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Make sure she finds her own prince charming!
  • You’ve already got the job of Super Hero in her life…. Don’t let her down here… this job is one you want to keep for life… Work hard at it, cape and tights are optional.
  • Spend quality time with her – just you and her, no matter what life throws at you, don’t forget about that special time together – whether it’s blowing bubbles in the bath with her, playing ball, going shopping together … I know lots of dads who take their daughters on dates when they get a little older. I like this idea…  but this is your time with her, I’ll leave this to you to work out together
  • Take note of what she’s doing today! You know how our parents keep saying “I remember you at this age just like it was the other day” – that’ll be us one day… cherish each minute you have with her.
  • Pray for her


  • Teach her the off sides rule in rugby, you know her mom’s never going to get that right!
  • Do crazy stupid things with her… I don’t have to tell you that though, you’re both crazy already.
  • Teach her about money, about sharing, about compassion, about respect.
  • Don’t just teach her, show her and be her living example
  • Dance with her…. From the moment she can walk. You don’t have to wait for her wedding day for this. And I mean dance… that ripping around the dance floor type of dance when she can… you’re a wonderful dancer, she’s lucky to be able to learn from standing on her feet.
  • Take her fishing (you might need to take me along to show you how it’s done properly) And don’t forget –you’re going to HAVE to put the bait on for her and take the fish off for her… that goes without standard. (ps – My dad used to say “Right in the fish’s mouth’ every time he used to cast for me… it’s optional, but perhaps you can include that in your fishing time together)
  • Tell her she’s beautiful…. In  a real beautiful kind of way – not because she’s got a pretty dress on, or she’s wearing nail polish – but when she’s playing in the mud and her smile is as big as her face. She needs to know she’s beautiful – not photoshop beautiful, but real beautiful.
  • Teach her how to change a flat tyre. (And make sure she’s got the right numbers to call when it happens – you know you’ll be the first one she calls, but in case you’re not available.)
  • Take her camping (hmmm, please remember the tent and not just the tent poles and ground sheet though – she might not be as forgiving as her mom has been in the past).
  • Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.
  • She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that. Let her know that apart from peeing standing up there won’t me many things she can’t do that a boy can do.. but let’s also remember she is a little girl and might choose not to do things that boys would want to do!
  • Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.
  • It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.
  • She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late. I wish you could see her excitement when she hears your car coming up the driveway… her whole face and body lights up.
  • Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.
  • Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.
  • 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.
  • Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this. (I’m 33 and a hug from my Dad can still solve many of the worlds problems… )
  • Push her on the swings. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.
  • Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together – I know you’ll be great at this…. And it’s something you’ll teach her for life.
  • Let her know she can always come home. No matter what. – We were talking about this just the other day weren’t we!
  • Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years. (And know you’ve done a good job when she does have the confidence to spread her wings)
  • 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. (Wow… that would be really special)
  • Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.
  • Today she’s toddling down the driveway to explore the garden. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.

2 Responses to “A post for Dad’s of Daughters”

  1. Scared & Imperfect Mother September 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Copy and pasting this for my BF to read!!!

  2. melinda September 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    I love this post – gave me goosebumps

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