The bond between fathers and daughters is unique and unlike any other. Dads love their little princesses more than anything else in the world, and daughters know that their dads will always be there for them.
However, as strong as that bond is, every bond needs to be nurtured. Depending on your daughter’s age and personality, she might not like every idea you come up with. However, it’s the effort that counts, so here are a few ideas that might inspire you.
1. Go on a Bike Ride
If you are a proud dad whose daughter has just conquered the training wheels and can now ride a bike on her own, use that opportunity to introduce her to your environment. Go on a bike ride, explore the outdoors, and spend some quality time together. You can organize a picnic in the park when you get tired, and you can get some memorable photos that you will surely cherish for a long time.
2. Teach her
This depends on your daughter’s skills and interests, but if there is something she’s interested in that you are good at, use that opportunity to spend some quality time together. For example, if she’s into sports or like riding stunt scooters, get her one and play with her. If she likes to draw or paint and you happen to be good at painting, teach her some useful techniques. Finally, when the time comes to learn how to drive, you can be the best driving instructor she could hope for. There are many things dads can teach their daughters, you just need to pay attention to what she needs.
3. Prepare a Meal together
It’s never too early to start learning how to take care of yourself and knowing how to prepare an actual meal falls into that category. No matter if it’s just eggs with ham or something a bit more complicated, your daughter will learn not only how to make something for herself but also how good it feels to be able to prepare something for others as well.
4. Talk about Boys
It might be one of the more difficult subjects for most dads, but it doesn’t have to be awkward at all. If your daughter is starting to show interest in boys, there are probably many things she’s curious about. Plus, it’s better to start these kinds of conversations before she actually finds her first boyfriend, because you can steer her in the right direction and give her a better idea of what to expect. Just be careful not to stereotype boys – you want her to stay interested in them, but you also want her to know how to recognize when a boy is not worth her time.
5. Surprise each other
Small surprises make our lives more dynamic and cheerful, and what a better way to surprise each other than with a nice gift. Your spouse can play a role in this as well; you can ask your wife to secretly find out what your daughter would like to get, and later, for Father’s Day, she can help your daughter pick one of the many interesting Father’s Day gifts as well. Moreover, you can later spend some time together picking or making a nice gift for the mom as well.
6. Seek her Opinion
One of the best ways to bond with your daughter is to show her that you value her thoughts and opinions. You can do this by asking for her opinion on matters that you both care about. For instance, you can ask her what she thinks about your new outfit, your new recipe, or that new movie that just came out.
Additionally, dads usually think that their daughters don’t care about their new car or tool, but that’s very often stereotyping. Even if they are not interested in the car properties, they can still give you their opinion on the color, fabrics, comfort, etc. You just need to approach the subject in the right way.
Next to all the responsibilities that grown-ups have, sometimes it’s hard to find enough time to spend with those we love the most. However, it’s now how much time you spend together but how well you spend it.
So, make the most of your time by doing activities that are fun for both of you, learning about each other, and learning from each other. This way, you can rest assured that even after she grows up and moves out, she will still love spending time with her old man.
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