- Take them out on simple and fun dates and adventures.
o Question: Where was your first date? Would you be willing to share that with your daughter?
o Challenge: Plan a dad-daughter date night that would make your daughter feel special and beautiful!
- Have intentional conversations every day. (It’s ok to leverage tech!)
o Question: When was the last time you sat down with your daughter, just the two of you, and had an intentional heart to heart talk?
o Challenge: Start a text/messaging feed that goes on for a couple days just sharing the little and big things going on in each other’s day.
- Let them know you love them and they are beautiful as much as possible!
o Question: Does your daughter know that you think she is beautiful?
o Challenge: Send your daughter a private message with a picture of the 2 of you together, let her know one reason beyond outward appearance she is beautiful.
- Listen to them when they are hurting.
o What is hurting your daughter’s heart right now?
o Challenge: Sit down with your daughter with no cellphones or distractions. Look here in the eyes and listen… really listen to her heart.
Hey Dads!!! Being a pre-teen/teen dad is a special calling and deserves a God-size round of applause. It also deserves an extra dose of Godly help, so that is why this month, I am sharing some quick, helpful words about dads connecting with their daughters! There is such great, simple, but powerful wisdom in the steps that were shared. If I may, I want to add on a few questions for our dads (and our moms) to consider that are connected to each of the great hints that were shared. Take some time to think about them and even discuss them as a couple?
Happy Dad's Day (a little early)!! Dads, you are serving a holy and special place in the lives of your children. Being a dad to a pre-teen/teen is a whole new level of faith and fun, so you deserve the honor. Whether you are a dad, a grandfather, stepfather, or an uncle, if you are a man in the life of one our students, I applaud you!!
This month’s Online Parenting Class, is for those men. If you are mom, you are encouraged to watch too! I know for some of our families, mom is also “dad” too.
This month’s video is the reverse of last month’s video for moms and sons. It is for dads and daughters. What a great encouragement and some simple, but powerful, hints for dads to be able to connect to their pre-teen/teen daughter’s heart.
In our world right now, our pre-teen/teen girls are being overwhelmed with a confusing message. I am excited to see the positive movement to make sure that no girl or woman is abused or treated as second class. It continues to break my heart, however, that at the same time there are still music, movies and even commercials that are NOT reflecting God’s view and value of His daughters.
I hope this short video this month helps and encourages both our dads and our moms to make sure to stay connected to their daughter’s heart during these confusing times. Please let me know how I can encourage you, pray for you, or even add on some additional help to the ideas presented in this month’s video!
Please check out this week’s online parenting class:
Matt Downing is the Student Pastor at First Baptist Church in Pflugerville, TX. He is married to Melody and has 3 children, Caleb, Collin and Chloe.
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