Chad came home last March and had the great idea to get Elle Taylor Swift concert tickets for her birthday in April so that they could go together. He got 2 tickets and he couldn’t wait for her birthday.
When Elle’s birthday came, she loved the gift, but she was a little bummed that the tickets were her only present and that she had to wait 6 months until she could actually enjoy the gift. (Kids are funny.)
Well the big day finally came. Elle got all ready and Chad and Elle were off to the Taylor Swift concert together.
Did I want to go? Sure.
But sometimes daughters need that one-on-one time with their dads. They need to go on dates together. Chad pulled Elle’s chair out for her at dinner and opened the car door each time. He paid for her snack and kissed her on the cheek.
Besides bonding and time together, daddy daughter dates are to set examples. Who better than her dad to show a girl how she should be treated by a boy?
Shortly after their date, Elaine Dalton talked about dads and daughters. Here is some of her great advice for dads:
“You are your daughter’s guardian in more than the legal sense. Be present in your daughter’s life. Let her know your standards, your expectations, your hopes and dreams for her success and happiness. Interview her, get to know her friends and, when the time comes, her boyfriends. Help her understand the importance of education. Help her understand that the principle of modesty is a protection. Help her choose music and media that invite the Spirit and are consistent with her divine identity. Be an active part of her life. And if in her teenage years she should not come home from a date on time, go get her. She will resist and tell you that you have ruined her social life, but she will inwardly know that you love her and that you care enough to be her guardian.”
“Go get her” are my favorite words. If you would like to read the whole talk on dads and daughters, click here.
Elle fell asleep on the way home from the concert and Chad carried her in from the car. I remember fake sleeping when I was a kid so that my dad would carry me in from the car too. There’s something about being in your dad’s arms. And there is something about dads and daughters.