- 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?
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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