When I've brought it up to my husband, he has said it sounds like a good idea, but when and where and what and how? I just assumed we'd figure it out one day. Then I saw this video and said, "We HAVE to do this."
So, we did it. It was so cute to see our 3 1/2 year old get so excited about her date with her daddy. She talked about getting spaghetti and meatballs and ice cream and she did her hair with clips and put on a pretty necklace. She felt beautiful and special and she should!
My husband is already talking about his first date with our youngest and what they should do and where they should go. I'm thrilled to see him looking forward to this time with his girls. I look at the big picture (as I do with all things) and see them growing up with these special times with their Daddy. I hope that they tell him all kinds of things and ask him lots of questions. I hope they grow together in a relationship that is deep and genuine, one that lasts beyond our lifetime. I hope when they're teenagers they don't look to boys to receive affirmation or confidence, because they've been affirmed and uplifted at home. I hope when they're young women, they can look at their Daddy and say, "Thank you for always making me feel so special."
Dads have that power. Moms do too. We can take time out of every day to truly hear and see our children. We can get down on their level and play their games, answer their questions and listen to their stories. Being a parent carries so much responsibility that it can be overwhelming to know what we "should" do. Most importantly, though, we can remember to know our kids and let them know us. Nothing can truly accomplish this like time.
And the memories?
They're going to be with us forever!