Friday, July 24, 2009

10 Questions for a Dad to Ask His Daughter

It’s completely normal for dads and stepdads to struggle sometimes, anne gary 2especially when it comes to having “meaningful” conversations with  our daughters. Fortunately, summer offers a few more opportunities for a serious chat. Here are 10 questions to get a conversation started. Feel free to add questions of your own, and don’t feel like you have to use them all up in one sitting!

1. When are you the happiest in your life? Tell me more about that.
2. When are you the most proud of yourself? The most satisfied? Tell me more about that.
3. What do you wish we had more ability or time to do together? Tell me more about that.
4. What do you wish you had more ability or time to do for yourself? Tell me more about that.
5. What do you wish I had more ability or time to do for myself? Tell me more about that.
6. What is your biggest complaint about me? Tell me more about that.
7. What is your favorite thing about our relationship? Tell me more about that.
8. What’s the most important thing that you think we should be talking about that we haven’t been talking about—or else are not talking about enough? Tell me more about that.
9. If you could stop doing something right now, what would it be? Tell me more about that.
10. If you could start doing something right now, what would it be? Tell me more about that.

Adapted from The Dads & Daughters Togetherness Guide: 54 Fun Activities to Help Build a Great Relationship' target=_blank>The Dads & Daughters Togetherness Guide: 54 Fun Activities to Help Build a Great Relationship' target=_blank>The Dads & Daughters Togetherness Guide: 54 Fun Activities to Help Build a Great Relationship . Learn more at TheDadMan.com.

2 comments:

Jeff - OWTK said...

This is great stuff. I'm going to sit down with my 5 yr old this weekend and run some of these Q's past her. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I have to say...
though I have no complaint about
my father and our relationship..
it would have been nice to have been asked these questions.
I feel that by asking these questions, there can be a lot of self-disclosure not just from the daughter but also from the father.
Just to let readers know...having someone express their emotions (exsp. men who are taught through socialization and their expected masculine gender role)- though it will be hard--it is the best thing you can do.