Fathers play a significant role in a daughter’s life. Dads show daughters what to look for in a man and how a lady should be treated. Girls soak in affirmation about their appearance and their character from dad. Intentional time spent with your daughter is so important.
Dads, here are eight great daddy-daughter dates that will help you be a purposeful parent.
- Take your daughter on a hike.
Before setting out on your journey, take time to map out your course. Be sure to point out the trail markers along the way. Talk to your daughter about how God’s Word serves as a map for our lives. He provides “trail markers” along the way to guide us using His Word, His people, and the Holy Spirit. Just as we must pay attention to the direction we go on a hike, we must also keep God’s Word before us in our life.
“How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word” (Ps 119:9 MSG).
- Attend a painting or pottery class.
This may be a stretch for the non-crafty dad, but most daughters will have a blast. An art class provides an excellent opportunity to let your daughter know what a masterpiece she is. She was lovingly created by God on purpose and for a purpose. Nothing about her is a mistake. Your daughter needs to hear she is beautiful from you early and often.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it” (Ps 139:13–14 NLT).
- Treat your daughter to a dress-up date.
Show your little lady the way you want the guys to treat her. Ask her out on a date to a special restaurant. Both of you should look your best. Bring her flowers, open her door, and pull out her chair. Make her feel cherished and respected. Set the bar high, Dad!
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Eph 5:25 ESV).
- Enjoy a quiet afternoon fishing.
Sitting by the bank of a river or stocked fishing pond will set you and your daughter up for great conversation. Given the space, your daughter may open up about things she might not otherwise share. It is cliché, but this is also a great opportunity to talk about the many fish in the sea. Encourage your daughter to wait patiently for the man God has for her.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer 29:11 ESV).
- Follow your daughter’s interests.
If your daughter loves piano, take her to a concert. If she loves animals, visit an animal shelter or zoo. Discuss with your daughter ways she can use her gifts and passions to serve God. Share a way you incorporate your own strengths and interests in your occupation or hobbies.
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps 37:4).
- Serve others together.
Bake cookies for your local firemen. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor. As you work together, take the opportunity to share the importance of putting others first. Serving others is a value best modeled by mom and dad.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil 2:3–4 ESV).
- Invite her to a play or musical.
Search your local paper for an upcoming production at a local high school, college, or community theatre. Your daughter will enjoy seeing the actors perform on stage. Afterward, take her out for dessert and discuss your favorite character. This will give you an opportunity to stress the importance of remaining true to yourself. Encourage your daughter to be genuine around friends and boys.
“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant” (Gal 1:10 NLT).
- Just have fun.
Girls just want to have fun! Take your daughter somewhere fun such as a bowling alley, the circus, or a trampoline park. Enjoy her laughter and the light in her eyes. One day your baby girl will be a woman bogged down with responsibilities. Teach her the importance of creating balance in her life by having some goofy fun with her.
“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” (Ps 126:2–3 NIV).
The importance of a father in his daughter’s life cannot be overstated. Dads, enjoy getting to know your daughter better with some special, set-aside time just for her. She will grow in the warmth of your love and attention.