You were the first man to…
hold her hand and win her heart
give her a kiss and snuggle her close
read a bedtime story and tuck her in bed
wipe her tears and calm her fears
save the day and scare the boogey man away
teach her to ride a bike and throw a ball
lead by example, working hard to provide
treat her like a lady, giving respect
love her for being uniquely her
treasure her, the apple of your eye
All of these things are solid and good, necessary and wonderful, essential and positive.
But it can’t stop there---especially as she matures. Here are a few ways to grow right along with her:
Are you now the first man to…
say you’re sorry when you’ve hurt her heart
admit fault when you’ve been harsh
humble yourself, asking her to forgive you
soften your tone before she softens hers
listen to her when she’s had a hard day
have her back when she needs support
believe in her when her friends betray
embrace her after a guy breaks her heart
hug her and hold her and dry her tears
go the extra mile when she has a need
extend grace like has been done to you
pursue time with her and engage her heart
Dad, you were her first love and that will always be true.
And now you have an opportunity to keep the first love theme going by being the first to model kindness, forgiveness, grace, and compassion. Let her know by word and deed that she can always run to you because you’ll always be there.
Why not choose one thing off this list of firsts so you can more proactively put your heart of love for your daughter into action today.
Why not be the first to initiate and lead while making that change to enhance your relationship with your daughter.
Better yet, why not be the first to write to tell me about it at firstname.lastname@example.org. I always love hearing from you.
Who’s going to be first?!