Quick Kicks: Dads & Daughters 14 and Up

St._Anns_Team.JPGDads and stepdads sometimes struggle to come up with activities that they can do with their daughters...especially once those daughters are teenagers. 

"Quick Kicks" is my name for a list of father-daughter activity ideas that a Pop (father, dad, padre, daddio) can pull out any time. They don’t require a lot of preparation or explanation. But if you’re stumped for ideas of what to do today, this quick list can get your started!

Be sure to share you own dad-tested ideas in the comment section below.

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Shared Parenting

If you read this blog, or any of my books, it’s obvious by now that I’m a big fan of dads handling as many parenting duties as possible. Those everyday activities build your relationships with your children and family.

Guys like to measure things and have concrete evidence about what’s happening. In recent years, parents and advocates developed the ideas of equally shared parenting (ESP) and co-parenting--along with tools to help you figure out how you’re dividing up your obligations and opportunities for child-rearing, career, self-care, and other important things.

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Bed Rest

What happens if the obstetrician utters the dreaded works "Bed Rest!"your "very" pregnant partner ? She's probably not going to like it. 

After all, would you like being stuck, flat on your back, for days...or weeks...without reprieve?

Pregnancy bed rest demands a lot from an expectant father. Use all the coaching and encouragement you can to keep her horizontal! 

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Dads, Daughters, and Money

Money is a loaded topic for many of us.

Still, we Dads have to turn away from any fear and emotion money may generate, and not leave our daughters in the dark on this important part of life.

When our daughters were ten, we decided they were old enough to start learning simple lessons about managing money. Neither Nancy nor I had a very good handle on that skill until we were adults, so we figured if the girls started young, they’d be ahead of the game. 

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Live Away Dads

Lots of us are divorced, deployed, or otherwise separated from our children.

But live-away dads who stay involved with their kids may be the best mentors any father can find.

Live-Away Dads” is the term used by William Klatte in his book of the same name, the best resource available for a man whose family is breaking up.

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