20. Take photos together. Fun ones, serious ones. Capture moments.
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.
— Jim Valvano
21. If you are fixing the car, mowing the lawn, painting a fence or washing the dog, get her to help you. Make her your helper.
22. Put her on your shoulders and show her the world.
23. Trust her. Let her know you trust her.
24. Don’t just attend her birthday parties, be a part of the planning, creation and excitement of the whole day. Every year.
25. Smother her with kisses and hugs. Do not worry what others may think.
26. Lie on the grass and look into the sky. Find shapes in the clouds or lie in silence.
27. When she cries, comfort her.
28. Learn the words to her favourite song and sing it at the top of your lungs together.
29. Know her favourite dessert. Have it on hand when life gets her down.
30. Let her leave the nest, but remind her the door is always open for her return.
A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.
If you are a father, a father to be, or a little girl yourself (no matter your age), cherish the moments and bond you share. A girl can learn a lot from her dad and a girl can take a different perspective on things just because her dad was the one to show her.
If, as a dad, you feel uncomfortable doing “stereotypical boy things” with your daughter, there are plenty of items around to help break the ice. Barbie fishing rods for example or pink tackle boxes, overalls or gloves.
Dads, don’t expect your time together to be the same as with your son. It won’t be and it shouldn’t necessarily be. This is a good thing. There are probably a hundred more ways a relationship with a dad and his little girl can be explained and explored. No matter how old you are or how far away you live from each other, there will always be special moments you can cherish together.