My 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:Read more
Yes, 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.Read more
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.
Tell 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)!
Be her hero. Stay always mindful of her unique spirit and give her your loyalty, kindness, acceptance, respect, and support. Your influence in her life is unique, so make it as positive as possible.