It is often said that boys have a special connection to their mothers, and girls a unique relationship with their fathers. Some studies have even gone so far as to report that girls who share a strong bond with their dad are emotionally and physically healthier than those who don’t. A healthy relationship between a dad and his little girl can produce amazing results.
Regardless of the research, the studies, or the theories, a dad will be the first man in a little girl’s life. There will be moments when he will embarrass her and he will make her cringe.
He may dress a bit too dad-like or show up at the “wrong times.” However, he will love her, protect her and share with her a bond that no other man will ever replace. A daughter will always be daddy’s little girl and a dad will always have a soft spot in his heart for his special girl.
Cherish the moments. Cherish the simple things in life. Here are 30 special moments that a proud dad and his little girl can share.
Advice for Dads
- Tell her you love her. Look her in the eye. Mean it. The day she replies with “I love you too, daddy” will melt your heart.
- Teach her to climb a tree and play sports. She will love the comfort you provide her if she is scared or falls and grazes her knee. She will remember those moments.
- Play dress up. Yes, you may feel a bit silly, but she will love it.
- Tickle her until she giggles her heart out. Let her tickle you. Giggle together.
- Teach her to ride a bike.
- Dance with her. Jump around to her favourite music and savor the moment. Don’t wait until her 21st birthday or her wedding.
- Go on a “date.” Take her for a burger or a milkshake. Take her shopping.
- Spoil her. It’s OK to say “Yes” sometimes.
- When she tells you she wants to marry you (and she will at one point in her life), don’t disappoint her.
- Respect women in her presence (and out of it!) and teach her how a woman deserves to be treated.
11. Play with dolls, trucks, cars or mud. Whatever she desires. Be fluid.
12. Savor the moment. One day she will be a newborn, next she will be walking and the before you know it, she will be walking out the door. Live for today.
13. When she needs you, be there. When she needs her space, give it to her.
14. Tell her she is beautiful and watch the twinkle in her eye.
15. Cook with her. Create your own signature masterpiece dish.
16. Tell each other little secrets; share moments together.
17. Set rules and boundaries. Do not be afraid to say no. She will appreciate it in the long run.
18. Share your childhood stories with her.
19. Put pen to paper and write her a letter. It could be on her birthday, or just whenever the moment arises. Keepsakes are priceless.
20. Take photos together. Fun ones, serious ones. Capture moments.
21. If you are fixing the car, mowing the lawn, painting a fence or washing the dog, get her to help you. Make her your helper.
22. Put her on your shoulders and show her the world.
23. Trust her. Let her know you trust her.
24. Don’t just attend her birthday parties, be a part of the planning, creation and excitement of the whole day. Every year.
25. Smother her with kisses and hugs. Do not worry what others may think.
26. Lie on the grass and look into the sky. Find shapes in the clouds or lie in silence.
27. When she cries, comfort her.
28. Learn the words to her favourite song and sing it at the top of your lungs together.
29. Know her favourite dessert. Have it on hand when life gets her down.
30. Let her leave the nest, but remind her the door is always open for her return.
If you are a father, a father to be, or a little girl yourself (no matter your age), cherish the moments and bond you share. A girl can learn a lot from her dad and a girl can take a different perspective on things just because her dad was the one to show her.
If, as a dad, you feel uncomfortable doing “stereotypical boy things” with your daughter, there are plenty of items around to help break the ice. Barbie fishing rods for example or pink tackle boxes, overalls or gloves.
Dads, don’t expect your time together to be the same as with your son. It won’t be and it shouldn’t necessarily be. This is a good thing. There are probably a hundred more ways a relationship with a dad and his little girl can be explained and explored. No matter how old you are or how far away you live from each other, there will always be special moments you can cherish together.
Do you need a boost, naturally? Are you looking for a safe and natural way to improve your memory?
It can be extremely frustrating when you’re at work and you can’t even remember what you had for breakfast that morning or when you walk into a room and are not even sure why. Let’s face it, we all do it. Unfortunately, this problem comes with age and we all have to deal with it.
However, there’s good news! You can slow the effects of memory loss by eating certain healthy foods. 3 healthy foods in fact.
So, if you want to improve your memory to help you get the job done, start munching on these healthy, brain-boosting foods today!
Memory boosting anchovies
Whether or not you like them on your pizza, anchovies are a great food to add to your diet. Anchovies are a great source of omega-3s which can help fight against memory loss. Plus, the healthy fats in these these little fish can put you in a better mood! Who knew?
We all know about the antioxidents berries provide however these juicy treats are even better than you thought! Research has shown that fruits like blueberries and strawberries can help boost memory. Apparently it is the flavonoids found in the berries that are the natural triggers that help our brain. Flavonoids slow stress, help to reduce inflammation; it’s these 2 elements which can contribute to causes memory loss.
Onions, onions, onions
Yes onions make you cry and yes they can also give you bad breath but don’t shy away from adding onions to your sandwich! Studies show that the quercetin found in onions actually helps to reverse the effects of age-related problems like memory loss. So, next time you are making a salad, cooking a barbecue or whipping up an awesome healthy sandwich, consider adding in the onions. And if you are looking for a natural breath freshener, a glass of water with lemon will do the trick.
There you have it. Three foods that will give you a boost at work AND help your memory.
Are you perfectly imperfect too?
I bet there is someone you know who looks like they have it all. Who looks like they do it all. They are always full of smiles, well dressed and happy. You may even envy them. You may look inwards to yourself and wish you were like them.
I bet, without any shadow of a doubt, that they have a long long list of things that they do not do too. I bet too, that some of the things that they do not do, you do!
So you are good! And if they saw your list of do’s and do not do’s they will envy you.
Just like me I bet you are perfectly imperfect.
I am not perfect. I am me. This is the list of things that I don’t do.
I do not:
- Iron or keep the washing basket empty. In fact I think there is washing still in the machine now…from yesterday.
- Fold the laundry regularly – it usually looks like Mount Everest.
- Come up with activities for my children to do as often as I should.
- Leave the house every day.
- Stop for lunch or eat proper healthy meals.
- Pamper myself.
- Rinse out the paint brush.
- Tend to my garden as much as I should.
- Go out for coffee with my friends every week (as much as people think thats that’s what a stay at home mum does).
- Read as much as I used to; unfortunately.
- Keep up with my filing.
- Remember birthdays and anniversaries all the time.
- Leave the house after 7pm at night as that would mean leaving my children alone.
- Keep my house clean. No matter how hard I try it just gets messy all over again.
- Cook from scratch. As much as I would love to be that parent, I just do not have the energy. Kudos to those who do!
- Get enough sleep. Who does?
- Write letters, thank you notes or a simple hello and post it via snail mail.
- Like getting up early.
- Take time to exercise.
- Eat enough vegetables.
- Get on my knees to scrub the floors.
- Wear makeup every day.
- Recycle (enough).
- Turn off the tv when no one is watching it.
- Turn off the tap when I brush my teeth.
- Make as much money as I used to when I was in the corporate world.
- Have short showers every day.
- Always shop with a list – therefore I spend too much on the things I don’t need (normally too much chocolate!).
- Take enough photos of my children.
- Visit friends as much as I would like.
- Spend enough time bonding with my family
- Stop to appreciate the simple things in life.
You could liken it to the great Wizard of Oz. If someone looks behind my curtain, they would see that I am no different than anyone else.
I might be a superwoman to my children, but at the end of the day I am just human.
I am beautifully broken. I am perfectly imperfect.
I do spend time with my two children, I do watch them grow and develop every day. I do laugh and cry with them. I do enjoy my life.
Yes, the garden may have more weeds than it should and there might be a bit too much dust on the coffee table and far too many dishes in the sink, but hey, I had fun making playdough monsters and getting all messy with them.
When it comes to the end of the day and I feel like I have done it all, I need to remember that I have not.
In all honesty no one really does. It is a great reminder that we can’t do everything, but we can do an awful lot when we set our mind to it.
What don’t you do?
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