My last blog two weeks ago may have felt a bit brutal with me giving you 25 things to never, ever, under any circumstances say to your daughter.
I couldn’t leave you hanging without a guide to lead you back to center court. So, in a similar fashion that uses as few words as possible and is straight forward and to the point, here are 25 things to always, under all circumstances, and as much as possible say to your daughter if you want to be a dialed-in dad.
Here’s a list of what TO say to your daughter:
What did I ever do to deserve such an incredible daughter like you?!
Do you know how grateful I am to be your dad?!
You look so beautiful today
You get prettier with each passing year
You’re right, I don’t understand you right now but I want to understand. Can you help me understand?
I’ll be here for you no matter what. Any time, day or night, I will do my best to be available. You can text or call me when I’m at work or out of town and I’ll figure out a way to respond as soon as I can
I want you to know that I enjoy you
You are going to make a great wife and mother some day (if you choose that)
I’ve seen so much growth in you (list specifics)
Tell me what you’re learning in school (or work)…I’d love to hear
What was good about your day today?
What was hard about your day today?
God broke the mold when He made you! You are one of a kind!
You are completely unique and gifted (list specifics)
I love you just the way you are
You could never disappointment me no matter what you do or don’t do because I love you unconditionally
What a treasure you are. Any guy who gets to date you (or eventually marry you) is a very lucky man
In my eyes, you are the best of the best
I am so proud of you
I like who you are
I love you
You are amazing!
I look forward to our dates where we get to spend time together, you and me
I’m sorry…will you forgive me?
I want you to know that no matter what, I will always be your main man.
Remember that your view of her, the one that is communicated from your mouth to her ears, is paramount to the view she carries now and will carry about herself throughout her life.
I encourage you today to carry this list in your pocket or on your phone and then choose to say one of these things daily to your daughter over the course of the next month.
Watch what happens in her as a result. Write and tell me about what takes place in her…and in you.
(You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org)