“I’ve made it my business to observe fathers and daughters. And I’ve seen some incredible, beautiful things. Like the little girl who’s not very cute – her teeth are funny, and her hair doesn’t grow right, and she’s got on thick glasses – but her father holds her hand and walks with her like she’s a tiny angel that no one can touch. He gives her the best gift a woman can get in this world: protection. And the little girl learns to trust the man in her life. And all the things that the world expects from women – to be beautiful, to soothe the troubled spirit, heal the sick, care for the dying, send the greeting card, bake the cake – all of those things become the way we pay the father back for protecting us.” – Adriana Trigiani
I wish I could say this more or at least more frequently, but a father should at least once a fortnight take his daughter out on a date. Dating your daughter is vital where you show her the ropes of how gentleman treats his lady and the deal about being mannerly.
Here are some ideas:
Trip to ice cream parlor: Ok, so tel me a kid who does not like ice cream. Its like a food made specifically for kids. Be it the chocolate lovers to the ones that relish strawberry or even the oneswit chips and bits, the ice cream shop seems to have something for every kid. But the trip is not all about ice cream ,its about your special time with her and showing her how special she is.
A Car Ride: What can be more fancier then picking up your little one, jumping into the car and just drive. On the way, pick up her favorite drink and snacks, play her songs and just drive to the end of the world. On the way tel her about the various things or places you cross and how they are relevant in this world. Things she sill remember as she grows up and that her dad taught her that.
A walk to the near by park : This is something that you can do more often and does not require any preparation. A visit to the nearby park with and experience the swings with her is something to cherish. Not only will this promote physical exercise which will ensure she is healthy and fit, it will also create special memories and the moments you can look back to. Teach her how to go by each swing and what specific things to watch for to avoid getting her. All this is positive re reinforcement and promotes bonding with your child.
Her Favorite Activity: Do her favorite activity, whatever that may be. Observe her or, better yet, ask her if she could one thing with you what would it be. Then do that thing. At least for that hour or even a couple of hours, make it your favorite thing. For example, my daughter’s favorite subject is Winnie the Pooh, especially Tigger. We could have a Winnie the Pooh Day where we have a picnic with her stuffed animals (plenty of honey), read some of the books, and end the day with a Winnie the Pooh movie marathon.What is your daughter’s favorite thing?What themes and activities could you plan for a couple of hours or even a day?
A Sports Date: This is one of our favorite. Nothing bonds better and builds understanding about the other person then an engaged time spent over your favorite sport. This can be something you both enjoy and can range form basketball to lawn tennis to even doing sprints and jogs in the near by park. Ofcourse you can adjust the handicap and may be let her win a few games. But at the same time teach her the value of hard work and focus. This activity is not only about sports. Lot of life lessons are taught in such situation which will help her as she grows up. Not to mention she will also learn the importance of sports in her life.
Lastly, make sure it is just not about the activity that you plan. The experience starts from home where all the very small details are also looked at because kids are very receptive to such things and can pick up subtleties very easily. Make sure nothing is left to chance.