Fathers, be good to your daughters
Say you’ll be there
To me, I’d rather have had a dad who was there, than a dad who was successful and a workaholic.
When your dad is gone, you remember the silly little things: the bedtime stories he told you, playing with you on the beach, having ice cream together.
Be a father who is present in your daughter’s life. Play with her when she’s small. Tell her stories. When she’s older, listen to her. Take an interest in her interests even if they sound silly. Take an interest in her life in general.
That’s all anyone can ask. (Kay_Elle)
I have the most wonderful father in the world. This post isn’t going to be things I wish he knew, but more things he did that were awesome when I was growing up since I’m seeing a lot of daddies with little girls commenting that they’re reading this post.
My dad never hesitated to do “girly” things with me. He was the one who took me school shopping (we would often hit Starbucks and then pick up chocolate covered strawberries afterwards). He would fix my hair for school and paint my nails for me. I remember wanting a head full of tiny braids (this was the 90s) and he spent hours of his Saturday afternoon braiding. We played with Barbies and he actually came up with storylines for them and put effort into it. On the other hand, he also never kept me from doing “tomboy” things. I raised baby calves, helped him wash cars, and worked on the lawnmower.
When I was little we had “Daddy-Daughter” dates where we would go to Chuck-E-Cheese or mini-golfing. When I was in middle school and high school we would go to the pool together and lay out and talk. A few years ago we got tickets to see Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour and got drunk together and had the best time.
He was always patient with anything regarding my self-esteem. He helped me lose weight when I was in middle school and waited for hours for me to get ready before we went somewhere, and never, ever commented on anything other than to compliment me.
The biggest thing I think that he did (and still does) is to encourage my independence. He helped me through school and constantly reminds me that I am a strong woman and that I don’t ever have to get married if I don’t want to (my mother used to put a lot of pressure on me to “settle down”). He is my friend along with being my dad. I’m forever thankful for him. (ecarg92)
The Other Women
Your children are always more important than your second or third wife. (karonhiakatste)
I think this is more important of a comment than many realize. When my parents divorced, my dad was always taking trips with his new gf on weekends I was supposed to be with him. It was excruciating when I was 15. (MeisterStenz)