I have a pretty amazing little girl. She turns five soon. I am anxious, yet hopeful as she grows older and approaches womanhood. I have a huge responsibility in demonstrating the way real men are to treat women.
I take her out for pancakes once a week. She looks forward to it every week. Sometimes she goes to sporting events with me, just the two of us. We call these daddy-daughter dates. Every day she asks if its her day to have breakfast with daddy. She loves me in a crazy four-year-old way and I love her like any father should.
So here is what I’m saying to my little girl this valentines day and will probably say almost every day of her life.
1. I love you.
Love is not an emotion, it is an act of the will. I chose to love you and I will never stop. I love you enough to tell you the truth, to act against your will sometimes, and to do what is best for you even when you disagree. I love you when you cry over broken toys, scraped knees, and hurt feelings. I love you when the world is pressing in and you need a place of refuge and strength. I love you when you have disobeyed the rules I gave you that were to protect you from harm. I love you when you dance and sing like they do on TV. I love you when you dress up like a princes and we dance. I even love you when you are mad because you didn’t get your way, when you are angry with the kid who stole your toy, and when you don’t want to share. I hope you know by now that I love you and that will not change.
2. You are Beautiful
You are beautiful. You are beautiful not only in princess gowns, play make-up, and jewelry… your beauty is beyond skin deep. I am inspired by your beauty when you are kind to your brother. Your beauty shines when you help your mom. Your beauty is evident when you bring your bibles in for me to read. You are beautiful when you challenge me to dance. You are beautiful.
3. I am Proud of You
I am Proud of you for so many things. I am proud of you for letting people know when they have hugged you for too long. I am proud of you when you take the initiative to help others in need. I am proud of you when you think of me or someone else and you draw them a thank you card. I am proud of you for picking up your toys with a good attitude. I am proud of you for wanting to teach your brother what few lessons you have already learned in life. I am proud of you when you trust me simply because I’m your dad. I am proud of you when you ask questions (and you ask great questions). I am proud of you.
We are often good about telling our daughters about when they misbehave or things they could do better. Somehow it is easier to notice what we don’t like or don’t value than it is to affirm the good that our children do. It is important that we cheer them on and provide a positive aim as well. Valentines day (or any day for that matter) is a great opportunity to let your daughter know that you love her and affirm the good things you see in her character. These 3 words of affirmation are something that all daughters need to hear from their daddy no matter what their age.
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