12 Rules to Being an Awesome Dad, from a Man in the Thick of Raising a Daughter



The rules below are 12 of my favorites, but Michael Mitchell has plenty of tips, advice, and great stories about raising his daughter on his blog, Life to Her Years, so check it out!

#12. Save the day. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights are optional.

A tough job, but one that’s necessary.

#11. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.

It’s the small things they remember.

#10. Ice cream covers up a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.

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Date night!!!

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Small but important.

#9. Learn to trust her. Give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

Never break that trust.

#8. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool, too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.

I’d be happy to hand over swim lessons duty.

#7. Love her mom. When she grows up, she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her like you treated her mother.

This is a biggie.

#6. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.

No matter what.

#5. Teach her how to change a flat tire. But be sure she’ll still call you for help the first time it happens.

One of the best lessons you can teach your child.

#4. Savor every moment you have together. Someday soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bee’s knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You’d better cherish it while you can.

So fast.

#3. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.

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All love… #HappyTorettoTuesday

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All children should feel safe in their parents’ bed.

#2. Of course, you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play it anyway.

No one thinks you look silly – you look sweet.

#1. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

Cheers to young parents with backs that are still good.

A little advice never hurt anyone!