Dads, Daughters, And Date Nights

Every now and then you create something really special and meaningful.  In my case, all too often, it’s completely accidental.  And that’s how date night was created.

I have the honor of being the father of two absolutely wonderful young ladies.  They are smart, beautiful, funny and identical twins.  This much awesomeness was clearly too much for just one human.  You might say I’m biased, but I bet you say the same thing about your daughter(s).

One of the greatest gifts I’ve ever gotten is my daughter.
– Ace Frehley

One of the most rewarding things about being a parent is the time I get to spend these ladies.  I’m definitely not an expert on kids, parenting, or relationships.  However, the one thing I know I got right, I do try to pass on to all of the dads of daughters I meet.  It’s really simple too.  Take them out on dad-daughter date night.  The memories you create are priceless.

How did date night start?

Well, like I said above, it was mostly an accident.  One evening the girls and I were on our own for dinner.  At this point they were around nine years old and still dressed alike.  I asked them to pick out a restaurant and they immediately came up with McDonald’s.  Not exactly what I had in mind.  I told them to go upstairs and get dressed to go to a ‘nice’ restaurant.  About 20 minutes later, these two little cuties came downstairs dressed to the nines.

Off to dinner we went.  I decided we would head to a new place nearby that I had been wanting to try.  We walked in and the hostess looked at the twins and said, “You must be looking for the pizza place next door.”  Now, these girls looked great and clearly were not dressed for a pizza joint.  It took all the politeness I could muster to suppress what I really wanted to say.  We quietly left and went to one of our favorite places that welcomed us.

Expectations

We arrived and were seated at a table.  It dawned on me that this was a great time to show my little girls how they should expect to be treated.

Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
– John Mayer

Maybe I’m old fashioned or behind the times, but I still believe that it is a man’s responsibility to take care his date and make her feel special.  Make her feel that she is the most special person in the room.  That’s exactly how I want anyone dating my one of my daughters to treat them.  More importantly, I want them to expect that treatment from their suitors.  Who better to make a girl feel special and show her how important and wonderful she is than her dad?

All about the girls

Date night is all about the girls.  They choose the restaurant, the time, and the attire.  We order whatever they want.  We take as long as they want and move at our own pace.  Once we get started, everything else fades away and it’s just the three of us. Let them talk and they will tell you everything.

Date night has evolved over the last eleven years.  Watching these two cute little girls grow into beautiful young women has been amazing.  The time I have been able to spend with them on our date nights is priceless. By far and away one of the greatest things about being a parent.

Do yourself a favor.  Take your daughter on a date night.  It will change your life and hers.

Cheers – Doc W

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