I am by no means an expert on daughters or daddy-daughter dates, but I do have three little girls. And I'm learning a few things as I go along. Here are a few small tips I've picked I've tried to make this a practice with our oldest daughter:
(1) Be Intentional. If you take your daughter out, have a plan. Know where you are going. If there is something you want to teach her about, be prepared and bring along everything you'll need. If you just want to have a conversation, think of good questions to ask when you get there. Ask things like, "What is your favorite part of school? Who are your best friends? What do you talk about? What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you think about Jesus very often when you're at school?"
(2) Be Flexible. There are lots of times when my little girl isn't interested in my agenda for the date. Most of the time that's okay, and I'll go with her agenda instead. If she'd rather sit and play Angry Birds or Tiny Wings on my iPhone than talk about school, that's fine. I sit beside her and play along. If she'd rather talk about gymnastics than school, that is totally okay! I go with it, because the most important thing is communicating that I care for her.
(3) Find a good donut! Seriously, this is the motivational factor for us on most Saturdays. Donuts are yummy, and they make daddy-daughter dates the best. If you haven't seen it already, here is Pastor Daniel's post about the best doughnut shops in Louisville.
The Sojourn Kids staff enjoyed this these other blog post last week too!
- Sojourner Mandy Groce posts her latest three coloring sheets: March Calendar, L is for Love, Celebrating Lent
- My friend, Amy Fenton Lee, re-posted an article about the Special Connections Ministry at Briarwood Presbyterian in Birmingham, AL: read more
- Family ministry mentor, Steve Wright, gives the marks of a family-equipping ministry: read more
- Chris Lema gives excellent brain-based pointers about "sticky teaching": read more
- Andy Johnson teaches us not to let kids ask Jesus into their hearts: read more
- He also gives a great list of Bible memory resources: read more