Weekly Dose of Life Lessons for Dads of Daughters

excerpted from

 by Michael Mitchell

Ask about her day when you get home from work. Put down your smart phone and really listen to her answers. This will become one of the best parts of her day.

(photo: FedericaPC)

Teach her from an early age that the grass is always greener on the side where she waters.

(photo: sierramills)

Give her an affectionate nickname that only the two of you know.

(photo: Courtney Waugh Photography)


Make a habit of giving her simple, inexpensive gifts. When in doubt, a balloon on a string is always a big hit.

(photo: Courtney Waugh Photography)


Don’t worry if she seems to be taking a long time learning to roll over, crawl, or walk. Enjoy this stage while it lasts.

(photo: Courtney Waugh Photography)


Laugh at her jokes… even the ones that aren’t really funny. Someone will buy her a book of knock-knock jokes at some point and this will all make sense.

(photo: Courtney Waugh Photography)



Michael is a thirty-something dad who blogs daily tips and life lessons for dads of daughters at lifetoheryears.com. He spends his days practicing the arts of fatherhood and husbandry, while attempting to be a man of God and a professional raiser of philanthropic funds. On the rare occasion he’s not tied up with the aforementioned and other pursuits of awesomeness, he enjoys fighting street gangs for local charities and drinking from a cup that’s half full. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.