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Tips for Dad

"Dad, it’s not about you. You can’t give your kids everything they need anyway. It’s about being there, doing the best you can, loving them with all your heart, and then surrendering their lives back to the Creator." - Jay Payleitner, 52 Things Kids Need From A Dad

10 Tips for a Successful Daddy-Daughter Date

  • Have fun–leave your cares behind and just focus on your daughter
  • As much as possible keep that smart phone put away. Don’t try to talk to your daughter and text, answer e-mail, or surf the Web at the same time.
  • Really listen to your daughter. Don’t be too quick to give your opinion or “fix” her issues. Seek to understand her more than to be understood.
  • Don’t be afraid to redo or scrap a date that isn’t working. As you know, with kids there are moods involved and different personalities. If you’ve had an awesome time, though, try that date again and again!
  • BE YOU! You don’t have to pretend to love shopping at the mall. And she doesn’t have to be thrilled about a football game. If the focus is on your time with each other rather than the “entertainment,” it’s all good.
  • Don’t be overly task-oriented. The goal is to connect with your daughter, not get through every detail in the book.
  • You’ll get more comfortable with all the material and dates the more you do them.
  • Set a goal to learn something new about your daughter every time you go out together.
  • Before you go out on your dates, pray that God will prepare both your hearts for the conversations you’ll have and the memories you’ll create.
  • Build anticipation. Let your daughter know ahead of time that you’re excited about spending time with her. Let her know it’s a big deal to you.

10 Things Your Daughter Needs from You

  • Point her to Jesus–help her build her life on solid ground.
  • Unconditional love–let her know you’ll love her no matter what.
  • Prayers–for her emotional, physical, and spiritual growth and protection.
  • Love her mom—if you love, respect, and cherish your wife, your daughter will learn what it means to be loved.
  • Affection–hugs from her dad are important!
  • Faithfulness—she needs you to be the one man in her life she can depend on completely.
  • Affirmation—give her praise, kudos, way-to-go’s, high fives, pats on the back. Did I mention your daughter needs you to affirm her?
  • Memories—give her special experiences with you that she’ll remember for a lifetime.
  • Character–your integrity, honesty, courage, and kindness will show her what a good man really is.
  • Leadership—be a man that protects and guides your family well.

10 Great Daddy-Daughter Songs

Dad to Dad:  For a special gift, burn a CD of these or other great daddy-daughter songs. You can listen to them in the car on your dates or play them in her room when you tuck her in at night.

  • Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
  • Fathers and Daughters by Paul Simon
  • Dancin’ on Daddy’s Shoes by Leon Redbone
  • Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks
  • I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack or Ronan Keating
  • Do I Make You Proud by Taylor Hicks
  • Daddy’s Little Girl by Kippi Brannon
  • My Little Girl by Tim Mcgraw
  • I Loved Her First by Heartland

15 Great Games to Play Together

  • Battleship
  • Candyland
  • Farkle
  • Guess Who?
  • Horse-opoly
  • Jenga
  • Life
  • Mancala
  • Mastermind
  • Rat-A-Tat-Cat
  • Rory’s Story Cubes
  • Set
  • The Scrambled States of America
  • Uno Attack
  • Yahtzee