Halloween Tips for Dads of Daughters

Feel trapped by over-sexed and over-commercialized Halloween costumes for your daughter? You should. The search for Halloween costumes can be treacherous, filled with over-sexed and stereotyped "choices."

These healthy ideas from Drs. Lyn Mikel Brown and Sharon Lamb (authors of Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers' Schemes) help Dads fight back and let her creativity sparkle! (Use these tips with your sons, too--kids' resiliency grows if they don't get stuck in arbitrary gender roles.)

1. Help her think outside the box (especially boxes of store-bought costumes). Imagination and creativity can help girls break out of gender stereotypes...and are great practice for reality.

2. Encourage her to be anyone or anything for Halloween--and the rest of her life. Help her to be inspired by real women doing wild, brave and phenomenal things.

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Daddy Birthday Present

birthday_cake.jpgMy grandson’s birthday is approaching, and that prompted me to look through some advice dads have shared with me over the past 20+ years.

A father wrote asking for gift suggestions for his daughter’s upcoming first birthday. I asked other dads for ideas, and received this email full of wisdom from a guy named Michael:

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Sandlot Mistakes

houndahobby.JPGYes, I frequently writer about Dads and Daughters, but I just came across a blog post from Felicia Ruiz (mother of two sons) that I want to share.  Felicia touches on an essential issue for today’s parents: how we handle mistakes.

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Dads Back to School Tip #10

Honor her interests. Even if her passion isn’t your first choice for fun, be there for her, let her teach you about her interests, and learn why she’s passionate about them. Your validation is a huge help to her.

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Dads Back to School Tip #9

MB-John_OShea.jpgTell stories about yourself. Many things have changed since you were a kid, but most of the important stuff is still the same.

Share your own youthful struggles with staying true to yourself, your values, and your friends. Don’t make every story into a lecture, and be sure to admit your mistakes—they can teach her a lot (starting with humility)!

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