During Allie’s first 3 years, I have learned that there are 5 things a little girls dad must learn. (And there are some things that I hope our daughter learns from me, too.)
1) Every Dad needs to make sure to learn how to properly fix their daughter’s hair. “No Daddy… you are not getting out of doing it this time. I know that your hands are bigger than mine and it is hard to work with these tiny rubber bands that go in my hair, but they aren’t going to get in there themselves, Daddy!” Allie makes sure to make the best of what hair I have left.
2) Every Dad needs to take a course on color matching. “Dad… Don’t you know that the latest trend is mixing polka dots with stripes and stripes with checkers?” If they decided to wear that crazy outfit, its ok. I promise your little girls will still “Rock” whatever outfit she is wearing. You will always get an “A” for effort in their eyes.
3) Dads… get ready to break out the glitter and the glam for the next tip. Every Dad must learn to be a “princess” at some point, so just “let it go.” Thats right I said it. Now show me a dad that has not done this. I think it is written in the “Daddy Handbook.” We, too, look good in a little tiara. So take a tip from Allie… it will bring out the princess in all of us.
4) Every Dad needs to be a master at learning how to paint their little girl’s nails. Allie loves when her mom or I paint her nails, but her favorite is to paint mine… she tries to give me tips to do it as well as her, but I just can’t seem to get it. Maybe one day!
5) Every Dad needs to dance with their daughters. I suggest that you pick a song out now, while they are young, and make it your “special song.” Hopefully it will be the song that you will dance to at their wedding one day. Allie and I have a song already- “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. It just happens to come off her Mommy’s favorite series of movies that I will not mention. But it has something to do with werewolves and vampires, or something like that! So Dad, take the time to dance with your little girl… let her stand on your feet and take the lead. She will look up to you for everything else, let dancing be your jumping off point.
Now is the time to make the “little” memories with your little girl. Let loose and have fun with them! They Rock!