There are few things more important to me than my little girls. They need me in their lives and I need them in my life. It is clear to me when my three year old walks up to me and says, “Daddy, I need you.” There is nothing more endearing and convicting than that one sentence from my little girl. While I love to get up with my girls in the morning and I love to do bedtime, Daddy Daughter Dates are a special time.

If you have been a dad with a little girl or are expecting a little girl, I would bet that you have heard about “Daddy-Daughter Dates.” It is a staple that needs to be established with you and your daughter. It is an essential one-on-one time that she needs. Our little dates are so much fun and we get to connect.

“It is important for you to be intentional with your love and relationship with you daughter.”

As dad’s we are called to be their heroes! We are called to give them strength, confidence, and to be there for them. That is why Daddy Daughter Dates are my favorite. It is one of many intentional acts that will speak to her little heart. Due to this truth, I have realized Three Guiding Principles to Daddy Daughter Dates:

  1. All About Her: This time is all about your daughter! It’s not about you. This is her time. Is this simply going to the park and being the captain on her pirate ship? Or maybe it’s a time to go to a store and look at clothes or toys with her. No matter what, it’s a time to do something she likes. If you don’t know what she likes to do, ask her.
  2. Listen to Her: Even at age three, my daughter has a lot to say and desires to be heard. Whatever you are doing, make sure you are listening to the things she is saying. They are important to her. Even if she is telling you a story about her babydoll that you may have heard before, or a hundred times before. She wants to know you listen to her and I believe that establishing a listening relationship early will help her to tell you important things in the future.
  3. Focus on Her: Put your phone away. Stop looking around so much. Look your daughter in the eyes when you talk to her. Show her you are 100% her daddy. No matter the age, I am told this is so important. If you can look your daughter in the eyes when speaking with her, she will trust you and take to heart the words you say.

These may be a few simple principles. You may even be doing these or a few of these. But they are important. We are building into our daughter’s lives. We are their fathers. It is important for you to be intentional with your love and relationship with your daughter.

Go out today and do something your daughter likes! Listen and focus on her. It may be rocky to start, but I know it will payoff in the end!

If you already set Daddy Daughter Dates with your little girl, what are some different things you have done? Is there anything that you do that could be added to this list? Share them in the comments below!

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Jack Heimbigner
Jack always knew that he was going to be a husband and a father. Now, he spends much of his time perfecting the craft of being hubby and dad in an intentional fashion.