Thursday, October 6, 2011

Your daughter

The following is from the ALL PRO DAD'S blog from today.  Made me think of my little girl... so for those of you with daughters check this out:
The Journal of Family Psychology noted that 41% of fathers who have sons spent more time with them, compared to 16% for dads of daughters.  It may seem more natural for dads to spend more time with sons because of common interests, but that doesn’t make it right. Girls need every bit as much of their dad’s attention as boys do. If you have a daughter, talk to your wife about different ways you can enter her world – even if you don’t always understand – and spend time with her doing the things she likes to do.   Here are the top 10 things to do with your daughter on a date.

10 Things to do on a Date with Your Daughter

  1. Dress up for the occasion.  Dressing nicely will let her know you take this date seriously.  Definitely lose the gym shorts and shoes without socks.
  2. Make sure she's happy with her outfit.  If you daughter doesn't "feel" pretty, she won't have a good time with you.  If you can afford it, offer to take her shopping beforehand to pick out an outfit she really likes.
  3. Buy her flowers before you go.  If you want to get really creative, have a single white rose in the middle of a dozen red roses and talk about how much she really does stand out.
  4. Hold open doors.  Show her what a gentleman looks like and what she needs to expect from her future dates.
  5. Take her to an upscale restaurant.  Save up and take her somewhere really nice.  This is not an Arby's kind of night.
  6. Give her a meaningful gift of some kind.  It doesn't have to be expensive, just something she will keep and every time she looks at it, think of you.
  7. Have the conversation revolve around encouraging her.  This is not a time for you to lecture, but to listen and encourage.  Share with her all the things you love and appreciate about her.
  8. Share with her some of the first dates you had with her mother.  She'll get a big kick about hearing how you had the best leisure suit at your high school back in the day.
  9. Talk about what your next daddy/daughter date should be as your heading home or on to your next activity,
  10. Leave a thank you card on her pillow the next day.  Write how much you appreciated getting to spend time with her.
 Dads... might be an idea to try over the next couple of weeks.