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Advice for My Daughters… Love, Dad

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We do our best as parents to teach our kids everything that they need to know to grow into good people.  We have 18 short years to teach them everything we know so that they don’t make the same mistakes we’ve made.  Then we pray that we haven’t forgotten anything.

Here is my advice for my daughters… Love, Dad.

  1. Love one another, even through the disagreements.
  2. Your family will always stand by you, no matter what.
  3. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
  4. Learn to say I’m sorry but make sure you mean it.
  5. Don’t judge yourself by the standard of others.
  6. Create your own definition of success.
  7. Set goals, achieve them and repeat.
  8. Don’t be afraid to jump in the driver’s seat.
  9. Play a group sport. You’ll cherish the memories and learn the power of teamwork.
  10. Know that everyone trips and falls and it’s ok. Just pick yourself up and keep going.
  11. Don’t live the life that’s expected of you, but live the life that is true to you.
  12. Strive to be a true leader in everything you do by having the confidence to stand alone and the courage to make the tough decisions.
  13. Always take the time and have compassion to listen to others.
  14. Perfect a silly dance and learn to laugh at yourself.
  15. Learn to cook and have a signature dish.
  16. Always clean up before you go to bed, so you will wake up and start the day in a clean home.
  17. Learn to love the skin you’re in.
  18. Pray in the morning when you wake, before every meal and before you fall asleep.
  19. Always tell the truth.  Honesty is so important.  A lie is a stone in your heart and soul.
  20. Never let a tragedy, circumstance or situation define you.
  21. Aim high. You can achieve anything you work hard enough for.
  22. Be kind to others. You never know what they might be going through.
  23. Always forgive, no matter how hard it may be.
  24. Give people an infinite number of reasons to love you.
  25. You may make mistakes, and that’s ok, just make sure you learn from them.
  26. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something and don’t be afraid to prove them wrong.
  27. Never settle for anything less than what you know you deserve.
  28. Try to see the positive in every situation.
  29. Learn to love the differences in others and learn from them.
  30. Be as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside.

If you could give advice to your kids, what would you tell them?

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30 things I hope my girls will do as they grow into strong, independent women... all from a Dad's perspective. Here is my advice for my daughters.

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39 Comments
  • Becca Talbot
    March 5, 2019

    Great advice from dad! I don’t have children myself, but will share this post with a few of my friends who do. I am sure they’ll find it very useful x

  • Lyosha
    February 28, 2019

    Such a sweet post! I have always looked up to my father when I was little, he means a world to me. Your advise is very appreciated, always

  • remo
    February 28, 2019

    Great post man! These points are for life. Your daughters are lucky to have you as their father.

  • Sincerely Miss J
    February 28, 2019

    Such a lovely post and such a great idea for a post concept. I found the relationship between dads and little girls so sweet.

  • artchee
    February 28, 2019

    Hmm, this is a very touching post. Your daughters can get back to this when they grow older or are having a tough time.

  • Pati Robins
    February 28, 2019

    I think every child should read your words of advice ! its so brilliantly out

  • Preet
    February 28, 2019

    Those were a beautiful advice from a father. Reading this makese feel emotional and missed my dad.

  • Alexandra Cook
    February 28, 2019

    This is so lovely, admit it. We often here an advice from our dad but hearing it are ones we can treasure.You are such a good father figure to everyone.

  • Catherine Santiago Jose
    February 28, 2019

    This is so nice and such a beautiful and great advice to hear from a mother. You and my mom have the same advice given to me since when I was a child.

    • Heather
      February 28, 2019

      This is actually from their father ?

  • Courtney
    February 27, 2019

    Awwww what a sweet post to write!!! So agree with all of this advice

  • Rosey
    February 27, 2019

    Such great advice. I didn’t have a role model or father figure growing up, and even though I never had it, I still missed it.

  • Porsha Carr
    February 27, 2019

    I think my favorite tip was number 1-30 😛

  • Jasemine Denise
    February 27, 2019

    This is SO beautiful. I mean honestly, it made me tear up. I wish my dad was living so that he could give me his best advice. Thank you for sharing this. At 27, I needed a lot of this advice myself.

  • Kiwi
    February 27, 2019

    I hope you print these out for your daughters to see. This will resonate with them for the rest of their lives nothing like a fathers love.

  • Lilinha
    February 27, 2019

    So many great advice for daughters. I wish I read it when I was younger. Very useful!

  • Tami
    February 27, 2019

    Dad has given such wonderful advice here. My favorite is #10: “Know that everyone trips and falls and it’s ok. Just pick yourself up and keep going.”

  • Deanna
    February 27, 2019

    I love this list so much! #26 is definitely my fave.

  • Bill Sweeney
    February 27, 2019

    I really like this list. These are all things I’d say to my daughter too. Well thought out, sage wisdom from dad.

  • Autumn Murray
    February 27, 2019

    Such wonderful and lovely advice to your beautiful little girls. The world needs more love and compassion now more than ever.

  • Emmanuel Damian
    February 27, 2019

    What an amazing and solid key points to remember. It really boils down from the experiences that we have. Thanks for the valuable tips.

  • Louise
    February 27, 2019

    This is brilliant advice for your daughters. They are so lucky to have a father like you who wants to teach them such fantastic life lessons 🙂

    Louise

  • Shahrom Martijn
    February 27, 2019

    This is such a lovely post. I may not be a Dad yet but I am going to save this post for my future daughters!

  • Subhashish Roy
    February 27, 2019

    Your adorable daughters. Great piece of advise. It was so heartening going through each of them. Truly appreciate.Loved it.

  • Sam
    February 27, 2019

    This is really great advice for many people. I hesitate about #15 though; not all of us are skilled in the kitchen & some people use that as a way to shame others, especially women (we’re told we can’t get a man if we can’t cook which is absurd & shouldn’t be pushed in 2019).

    • Heather
      February 27, 2019

      We choose to teach our daughters skills they need in life, including how to cook. This isn’t so that they will “get a man” but so that they can be independent and take care of themselves as they get older. My husband is actually the one in our home that does most of the cooking and this is how he was raised.

  • Theresa
    February 26, 2019

    This is such a lovely post! Great advice for all parents to pass down to their children. If more parents did, think of how much nicer the world would be to live in for everyone.

  • Danielle Wolter
    February 26, 2019

    these are great tips for anyone – i especially like the everyone trips and falls. it’s so true, but you have to drag yourself back up again!

  • Sara Welch
    February 26, 2019

    Love that you have highlighted learning from the differences in others, and to be kind to everyone as you may not know what they are going through. This advice is spot on!

  • Jacque Hooper
    February 26, 2019

    This is such inspirational advice to live by! You are doing a great job raising little girls who will become strong women!

  • Marcie W.
    February 26, 2019

    This is so sweet and solid advice for sure. I think 2, 17 and 23 are my favorite points.

  • Stacie
    February 26, 2019

    I adore this. I ADORE this! This should be framed and put in each of their rooms. It gives me all the feels.

  • Beth Pierce
    February 26, 2019

    I think you hit the nail on the head! Your very first piece of advice is so important. I don’t have a great relationship with my sister (not my choice), and it can be hard. Your girls are lucky to have you!

  • Jaye Shields
    February 26, 2019

    Great advice. I have a younger sister but because of the age gap, we’re not super close.

  • Sam | Away She Went
    February 26, 2019

    These are great lessons for kids and adults! I’m still working on some of those (I need a signature dish). My parents were always big on telling the truth and taking responsibility for your own actions.

  • Marta Rivera
    February 26, 2019

    Like Dad said, “Always tell the truth.” A woman is only as good as her word and her honor and that is something that this world today seems to take for granted. Tell the truth- even when it’s hard.

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    February 26, 2019

    So many good messages from your husband, love the 15th ahah

  • Mimi
    February 26, 2019

    This advice is beautiful. My dad passed away a few years ago but I still keep his lessons close to my heart

  • Sandra
    February 26, 2019

    What a lovely post! As a parent myself, I have to agree, all of this advice is bang on 🙂

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