My husband is the father of 5 girls. It’s all he knows. It’s all I know.
I also know what an incredible responsibility it is, and I thank you, girl dads, for rising up to the challenge.
Thank you for all the times you say, “I love you,” to your daughters. It matters. A lot. They hear it each and every time. Even if you say, “Guess what?” And they answer with a little roll of the eye, “You love me,” because you play that joke so much. They know, and they love it every time.
Thank you for being respectful and kind to their mother, even if you’re not currently in a relationship with her. Your daughter is watching and learning the standard in how she will expect to be treated in future relationships. And not every one will work out. You are her standard and her example.
Thank you for dressing up in a Halloween costume every year. If you can do it, then she knows it’s all about having fun. Who cares what her friends think if she still want to dress up as My Little Pony or Captain America? If her daddy doesn’t care, why should she? Her confidence is already growing.
Thank you for getting up in the middle of the night with her if she’s sick, has a nightmare, needs a hug, or whatever. Your daughter knows that dad will always be there even if it’s inconvenient, and that sense of security means a lot to her.
Thank you for dancing with her. Having tea parties. Playing sports. Showing her how to cook. Going on daddy-daughter dates. Setting boundaries. Thank you for being there and supporting whatever activity she’s interested in. She’ll know her dreams are important and that she can do anything.
Thank you for watching YouTube videos on how to put your daughter’s hair in a ponytail or braid for school while mom is out-of-town or whether you’re a single dad. The efforts are appreciated. I mean if you can do a fishtail braid, then you get 20,000 bonus points.
Thank you for listening and being patient. As your daughter grows older, she won’t know how to deal with the hormones and changes she’s going through. Mom will probably annoy her to no end. So dads, thanks for stepping up and loving her through those changes and not avoiding her. This is the time she needs you the most. Thank you for knowing who her friends are and listening to why so-and-so upset her or made her feel happy or sad today. Hug her when she cries. There will be tears.
I could list a million more reasons to say thank you. But most importantly, thank you, fathers, for sticking it out. For being present. For showing her what a loving man in her life should be. You are important. You are needed. You are appreciated. And if you load the dishwasher in a way that mom does not seem to appreciate, she’s sorry. Keep on rockin’ it, dads, and have a happy father’s day! I hope you get a nap.