On the heels of the movie Courageous comes the book 88 great daddy-daughter dates by Rob and Joanna Teigan. This one and a half minute video will give you an excellent sneak peek into what to expect from 88 great daddy-daughter dates.
Raising a fatherless daughter, but knowing how greatly my husband impacted our little girl in the short time they had before he passed away, I was captivated when I read the title of this book. The void of my daughter’s father reminds me how priceless time is, and what a gift it is to be in a parental position where a mother, father, grandparent, guardian, or role-model, have a closing window of opportunity to pour into a little one’s life.
My late-husband, Neil, began to take our daughter on dates when she was just about 2 years old. Their dates lasted a month and a half before Neil died. Despite how young our daughter was, and how short that together-time lasted, she remembers. They taught me that perhaps it is never too young, or too old, to start this ritual with one’s child.
Girls need to know they are loved like men need to know they are respected. There are golden moments, every day moments, where we can teach our children to have confidence, that they are valued, to feel whole and wanted at home, and to feel secure in the blessing they are so they don’t seek to fill their desire to belong, the wrong way.
Dad’s, are you using your time intentionally? Are you showing your sons character and commitment? Are you being the kind of man you hope your daughter will one day seek to marry?
There is a scene from the movie Courageous that brings me to my knees. It slices through my cloak of armour and pierces my little girl-heart with precision. Courageous is a movie about a group of men who make a resolution to their families, to be active fathers in the home, to love and to lead them with honour. This particular scene shows one of those fathers sitting in a nice restaurant with his daughter. They are on a daddy-daughter date. He is explaining to her that she is treasured and loved. He makes a promise to her, and even gives her a ring to remind her that he’s made a commitment to protect her, and keep her best interests at heart.
Dad’s, don’t under estimate the value you bring your family, and the potential life-changes your impact can make on your children. It is never too late to be a great dad. It is never too early to start. Spending precious quality time with our daughter may have been the best decisions my husband ever made. It is a decision our daughter carries in her heart, even though she was so young, and even now that he’s passed away.