Don't let Valentine's Day be just one more chance for Dad to feel like a walking, talking (and unappreciated) checkbook. These Dads & Daughters® Tips will help fathers and stepfathers to show daughters that they care on Valentine's Day and beyond.
1. Remember, a Daughter hungers for healthy involvement and attention from Dad (even if she doesn't always show it).
2. A Daughter wants assurance that her Father and/or Stepfather really knows her and cares about her.
3. A Daughter wants to feel that Dad is proud of her and that he loves and understands her.
4. A Daughter wants these intangibles far more than she wants a box of candy or any other present or card.
5. Daughters sometimes feel that Dads only know how to show their love by buying something. So supplement this year's store-bought Valentine's card and candy with your unique message of love.
6. Give her a hand-written note or personal email -- in your own words -- telling her how proud you are of her, what you admire about her, how much you enjoy your time together, etc.
7. Give her the greatest gift of all: your time. Listen to what she has to say and what's important to her.
8. Spend 1-on-1 time together on Valentine's Day or the next available weekend. See a movie, take a walk, go out for coffee or ice cream, play catch. There are a million possibilities (for more ideas, see The Dads & Daughters® Togetherness Guide: 54 Fun Activities to Help Build a Great Relationship).
9. Remember that she only gets one chance to have you as her Dad or Stepdad while she's still a girl.
10. Out of the thousand things you do every day, make sure you always give attention, thought, time, and affection to your Daughter -- and your Son.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day with your children! Learn more about healthy fathering of girls at www.dadsanddaughters.com
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