Daddy’s Girl: 50 rules for dads of daughters


Michael Mitchell took “Daddy’s girl” to a new level with 50 rules for dads of daughters.

The 30-year-old dad writes daily tips and life lessons at Life to Her Years including many things to enhance the father-daughter relationship.

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We loved the list, and wanted to highlight some of his great “rules” for dads with daughters. See the full list here.

1. Love her mom. Treat her with respect, honor and public displays of affections. Chances are your daughter will grow up and look for a man that will treat her how you treated her mother.

2. Always be there. Cherish moments and spend a lot of time together. Develop a genuine interest in the things she enjoys. Be involved in every step of her life and not just stand idly by while the grows.

3. Be her hero. Save the day and be there through thick and thin as her superhero dad.

4. Enjoy every moment. Life goes by quickly and, before you know. One day she is crawling in diapers and then next day she’s learning to drive, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle.  Life goes by so fast. Enjoy it while you can.

5. Play Ball. Buy her a glove and teach her how to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl and show her that a girl can be good too.

6. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl. Do not wait until her wedding day.

7. Tell her she’s beautiful. Tell and again. Someday a movie or magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

8. Go camping. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces.

9. Tell her she’s smart. Make sure she knows and understands that.

10. Don’t be late. She’ll eagerly await your return from work in the evenings.

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

12. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.

13. Write her letters. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother, or when you think she needs them most.

14. Trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

15. Don’t blink. Today’s she’s walking down the driveway to the school bus. Tomorrow she’s off to college.

16. Trust your heart. She already does.

What do you think of these tips? Do you have any more? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • R.A. Saastamoinen

    September 10, 2014

    I wished I had this list 50 years ago. I have 5 daughters

  • R.A. Saastamoinen

    September 10, 2014

    I hope I practiced this fifty years ago and I am sure I did.