“Fathers be good to your daughters; daughters will love like you do.”
John Mayer‘s song “Daughters” — while only slightly less cheesy than “Your Body Is A Wonderland” — hits upon a very real pressure that fathers of daughters around the world continue to face.
Almost every second of parenthood is spent shaping the life, perspective, and future of our children. And for dads with daughters in particular, the responsibility can seem overwhelming at times.
Staying present and living authentically goes a long way towards modeling good emotional behavior for our children. But what else can you do to have a positive impact on your daughter’s growth and well-being?
In this week’s episode of The Man Rules podcast, host Dan Griffin and Tim Walsh of The Deep Dive Guys talk with guest Cody Gardener about their own experiences raising daughters, and strategies for other dads exploring the possibilities and challenges of such a role.
If you’re a dad of a daughter yourself, check out these tips – equally applicable to parents of any kind of kid.
Practical & Tactical Tips
1. Develop a parenting philosophy that both you and your partner agree on. Starting from the same page will make you stronger.
2. Let go of any need to do it perfectly. Focus on doing it consciously, and you’ll be amazed at the results.
3. Connect on her level. Remember to crouch or kneel down and look at your daughter eye-to-eye when you’re disciplining her or simply want to connect. The extra effort makes a huge difference.
4. Have fun! Parenting can be a great way to connect with your own inner child, and to reclaim the joy and wonder of childhood.
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