50 Rules for Dads of Daughters

This is a follow-on from the previous list, 25 Rules for Mothers of Sons.

My Daddy with my son, at the Singapore Zoo, August 2011

It is also my personal Thank You to my Daddy for being my Daddy and being the most wonderful Daddy any girl could ever hope to have – Thank You Daddy! I Love You!

Now i’ll leave you to read all 50 Rules – i just want to highlight a few (15 actually 😉 )which have touched my heart and which bring tears prickling in my eyes when i think of them and my Daddy…

1. Love her mom.

My Daddy loves my Mummy soooo much… i know it. He always picks her up and takes her wherever she wants to go. He always makes a nice hot cup of tea for her before bedtime. He always told us we need to respect her and listen to her. He always makes sure she is as comfortable as possible… My Daddy loves my Mummy and my Mummy loves my Daddy…

2. Always be there.

My Daddy is always there for me. Always. Period. Thank you Daddy.

3. Save the day.

My Daddy is my Hero! You know how little kids always think their parents know everything… while my Daddy knows everything there is to know about life and the important stuff about it… i always turned to him whenever i have problems with projects from school and he always has the answer or he would find me the answer.

6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball.

We don’t play baseball where we come from. But my Daddy taught me about planes and cars and climbing trees. i used to be able to identify planes from the sounds they make when they flew over, i watched weserling with him (althought i don’t enjoy it now), he taught me to race remote-control cars and how to fight back when bullied.

13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday.

My Daddy made breakfast as often as he could for us, which was usually Sundays… fried eggs with bacon – yummy!

15. Dance with her.

My Daddy taught me to dance. He’s quite a dancer himself 😉 i danced on his feet so much… and loved it… still do but i’m afraid i’m a little too big for that now…

18. Tell her she’s beautiful.

My Daddy always said, “If you have it, flaunt it.” 😉 It was his way of saying i have it and i should show the world i have it.

20. Take her camping.

i don’t remember too much but my Mummy tells me we went camping on the beach. We traveled with my Daddy a bit when i was little and he traveled for work. The well-heeled story is the one of me waddling into the ocean early in the morning without adult supervision which freaked my Mummy out 😉

21. Let her hold the wheel.

i love to drive because of my Daddy. He loves to drive. He always told me exactly where we were going and which roads we were on. This gave me a good sense of direction from an early age.

22. She’s as smart as any boy.

My Daddy never said that exactly but he always let me know that he believed in me.

25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic.

i absolutely LOVED those moments! i don’t remember exact details but i remember being up on those big strong shoulders and loving it.

30. Never miss her birthday.

He was always there.

35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare.

Actually, i was a fairly scaredy cat when i was little and slept with my parents for the longest time. My poor Daddy was often kicked and punched as i was a bad sleeper then… but he fixed it (didn’t i say my Daddy has all the answers? 😉 ). He built me a high narrow bed to train me to sleep still. My husband has to thank my Daddy for this one 😀

39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps.

i remember this too… details are fuzzy but i’m sure my Daddy did this a fair bit.

45. Learn to trust her.

For this, i am most grateful. My Daddy knew when i was ready and let me go. Thank you Daddy. i am who i am and where i am and i am happy because of you and what you have done. Thank You. Words are not enough.

Here’s the whole list for you to peruse:

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters {by Michael Mitchell}.

What do you remember doing with your Daddy? If you are a daddy to a daughter, what would you do more of?


Daddy Moments…

…this is one of those…

Look at the seriousness with which they are tackling the task of building their very first model plane together 😉

My dad – Tobias' granddad – had bought a couple of model plane kits for him cos my brother had a few and Tobias would like one too. The plan had been that my dad would build it with Tobias while we were in Singapore. However, as it turned out, between our many appointments and my dad working, there wasn't time. But it was decided that it was better this way cos that made them easier to carry home, instead of having to fear them breaking while en route, we simply packed them in their boxes into our suitcases.

The basic body of the plane has been finished but they are still adding little bits (decals) here and there so there is not yet a completed plane to be photographed. But they enjoyed working on it greatly.

I could have done it with him too – making it a mummy/son project. But I know I'm just not as good and I wasn't sure about which decals went where – the instructions were not exact on this point.

There was another reason why this became a daddy/son project – it just seemed like a father/son thing – don't you think so? This always makes me wonder about the question of how little boys wanna be like their daddy and little girls like their mummy. Is it genetics or more than that?

Even though Tobias spends more time with me, (just because daddy works away from home a fair bit), he still loves and sometimes even prefers to spend time with his daddy. He likes a lot of the same things which daddy likes. He is a daddy's boy 🙂