We don’t have to go out or spend a lot of money to have fun and build memories.
- Emily C. Orgill
Devin Miller (Mountain Green, Utah)
Father and Husband
Daughters need Fathers
“When you teach her always to think about other people, to put herself in their shoes, to know that everyone—her friends, neighbors, and sister and brother—is important, you’ll give her the gift of friendship and living to the fullest as a caring, social being. If you teach your daughter to be good rather than simply happy, she will become both. Teaching your daughter humility is a wonderful gift. And it can be taught only by example.”
― Meg Meeker, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters.
Daddy Daughter date nights
We set aside each Monday night for Family Home Evening (FHE) to teach our children about the gospel and help them gain a testimony. Our daughters also need one-on-one time with their fathers. This time help our daughters learn what
a real man is. They learn how men should treat women. They learn how to have a healthy relationship with men. They learn that they having a loving earthly father which helps them understand the love their Heavenly Father has for them. Daddy daughter date nights do not need to be expensive or extravagant. The most important thing is that the time needs to be one-on-one. No smartphones and no distractions, only a complete focus on your daughter, her life, her worries, and her needs. To help you get your Daddy-Daughter Date Night going, here are a few ideas for your date nights.
Run Errands together
Go to the hardware store to pick up random things for Saturday projects, then getting a milkshake on the way home. How many of us remember doing this with our dad and it be our favorite part of the weekend.
If your daughter loves to play with dolls, overcome your macho pride and sit down with your daughter and your favorite dolls and have an imaginary lemonade party with the whole group. You may not be excited about this, but your daughter will cherish it.
Build a campfire
What guy doesn't like building fires? Now you can teach your daughter how to make a great campfire so she will be prepared. If you want to make it really special, grab some stick and teach her how to whittle a roasting stick and have some marshmallows.
Visit the Library
Rather than just sitting down and watching another TV show you have already seen, take your daughter to the library to pick out a new book. Then sit down and read the book to hear. It will be a special time and teach your daughter the joy of reading.
Play a sport
Whether you love basketball and go shot some hoops or baseball and toss the ball around, teach your daughter a new sport. You get to do something you love and she will have fun learning something new. Plus, next time you sit down to watch the game, you have a follow-on opportunity to have another date night.
Dad, it’s not optional: your daughter needs you to be her hero.
It does not matter what the activity is, only the time spent.
Remember, the time you spend with your daughter is the most important thing. The money spent and the activity done will not be what your daughter remembers. What your daughter will remember is the time you spend with your daughter and the lessons you taught them as you showed them you loved her.