I wonder if my dad ever read an article like the one I’m sharing today. Or whether he just instinctively knew how to be an awesome dad! I imagine the latter ;) Today would have been his 60th birthday so I can’t help but reminisce about my childhood with him. This article on 50 Rules for Dads of Daughters was particularly lovely to read because so many of these moments I shared with him.
Here are a few of my favourites:
- Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.
- Take her camping. 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.
- She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.
- Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.
- Introduce her to the swings at your local park. 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.
- Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.
- Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.
- Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.
For the rest head over to From Dates to Diapers
And, because I’m feeling nostalgic, here are a couple of photos of me and the most amazing man that ever lived, who I think about fondly every single day, and who has made it near-impossible for me to find a man that will be as awesome a dad to my future-children as he was to me.
I hope wherever he is there’s a Toblerone with his name on it :)