In the blink of an eye your daughter will be heading to kindergarten, freshman orientation, walking the line at her college graduation, accepting her first job offer, or walking down the aisle to say “I do!”
Life Flies By When You’re Having Fun
All of these things haven’t happened in my house yet, but it seems like every time I blink we hit a new milestone. My daughters are growing up so fast and I’m left feeling like I can’t keep up with them these days.
They’ve made so many changes within the past year, and since I’ve been so busy with my new baby I have to be mindful of each moment that passes. I have to make sure they get what they need from me as a mom and also from my husband as their dad. We are intentional about spending time with them and teaching them before they leave our home for good.
That’s one reason I look forward to the “Daddy-Daughter” Dance every year. This is a special event just for the girls and their dad that I get fired up about preparing them for. As the stories of boys and maturity linger through the air during our dinner time conversations, it makes it crucial for me to send my girls off with their dad for special moments that I know will shape them.
Dance With My Father
The “Daddy-Daughter” Dance is their first date of many, and it is the event that encourages my husband to be a better dad to the girls he wants to lead. It is the moment that my girls enjoy their childhood, but also grow into young ladies. They dress up, wear a little lip gloss, and dance the night away with the date of all dates…their dad.
Parents should take advantage of these opportunities to make a lasting impression on their girls. Before my girls ever think about going to Homecoming, Prom, or dating in general, I want them to remember the standard set for them.
My girls know they are loved more than anything and it’s important to me and my husband that they feel valued, appreciated, and respected early on. My hope is that they won’t ever want to settle for less. Their date with their dad is a real date for them. This is their moment.
This year’s dance was even more special. For the first time ever my oldest daughter wore a dress that didn’t match her little sister’s. That may seem small, but if you know me then you know my girls are always dressed alike unless it is for school and they’ve picked their own clothes.
Making Good Choices
Now that Isabella is a tween, I felt like it was the right moment for her to move beyond the look of “cuteness” with her sister and own her individuality. We selected one dress out of six favorites and she lit up like a light bulb during the process. She was so proud. I feel so blessed to have these opportunities with her. I loved preparing her for this special moment. She is growing up way faster than I expected and I know she’s feeling even more independent these days.
Gabriella wore a dress fit for her age and looked so adorable. She decided on her own how she wanted to wear her hair and I was more than happy to spend hours on both girls getting them ready. Yes, it takes that long…#LongHairDontCare. Sending them off to dance with their dad warmed my heart in every way. They all had a wonderful evening.
Now I can’t wait for the next Mother-Daughter Tea. One day in the future I’ll be honored to attend these parent-child events with my son. These special moments come and go quickly. I hope you take time with your children to enjoy them too.