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Dads and Daughters

4 Reminders For My Daughter, After She Was Called Fat

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 09.17.2015 | Parents
Justin Ricklefs

She's in second grade. Not a senior in high school. And she has already been called fat. Actually, that happened in first grade, and she's carried this wound for a year now.

Dear Teacher: I Want You To Know What You Mean To My Shy Child

Mike Reynolds | Posted 09.09.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

I really just want you to know what I hope you already know -- that you make an immense impact on the person my child is growing up to be. And she notices that. And so do we.

Smelling My Daughters' Heads

Jimmy Dunne | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Jimmy Dunne

But the truth is, I'm really not interested in kissing their heads -- I just want to smell their heads.

She Is My Daughter

Joshua Braff | Posted 08.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Joshua Braff

We had a girl in 2003. She'll be 12 this summer. Unlike her older brother she is of pastel colors and random giggles. Her room is purple with unicorn-...

The Remarkable Thing I've Gained Since I Lost My Dad

Christina Anderson | Posted 06.19.2015 | Women
Christina Anderson

Dad would be so proud to see how we've come together, and grown, since his passing. I imagine him sitting back, with a big smile on his face, marveling at how we've healed and how we've taken his biggest dream -- prizing family above all else -- and made it a reality.

37 Women On The Best Things They Learned From Their Fathers

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.19.2015 | Women

Whether your dad was present or absent, a positive role model or a negative influence -- we all have a father-daughter story. In light of Father's ...

Home From the Sea

Tricia McCallum | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

My father is on the left in the photo. At a party years ago my father found himself sitting beside a rather austere young woman who haughtily ann...

Stop Asking If I Am Going To Try For A Boy

Ariel Chesler | Posted 01.04.2015 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

My 3-year-old daughter has recently started asking me if certain characters in books and cartoons are boys or girls. After answering her questions, I ask her: "Why is that important?" I'm asking you the same thing now.

What Happened When My Daughter And I Switched Places For Halloween

Mike Reynolds | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

Last year, my youngest daughter and I set the bar so high for ourselves that I fear we'll never again reach it.

Why I Taught My Daughter To Punch

Ken Harbaugh | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Ken Harbaugh

Never let anyone tell you what a woman can and cannot do. And should someone make fun of how little girls hit, offer to teach them.

Ah, The Things We Do For Our Daughters

Michael Cavender | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Michael Cavender

I love having daughters. It is absolutely awesome. However, I was horrified when I found out I was having not one, but two of them. Over time, all tha...

I'm A Dad. I Have Daughters. And Worries.

Mike Reynolds | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

I'm glad there are posts like Jeff Bogle's about how it only gets better when it comes to raising daughters, because I need to be reminded that my girls themselves are just fine. I worry a lot, though. About my girls.

Dad's Genius Trick To Teach Kids The Art Of Changing A Toilet Paper Roll

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents

It's hard out there for parents who want to teach their kids about important issues. Dad Will Reid found there was only one way to get through to his ...

Dad Secretly Films Daughter's Over-The-Top Selfie Session

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.27.2014 | Teen

We all might be guilty of engaging in a selfie session, though usually (and thankfully) nobody is around to film it. But that's not the case with this...

Why Dads Should Not Condemn Nicki Minaj

Sam Fiorella | Posted 10.04.2014 | Parents
Sam Fiorella

Our girls have choices; the world is their oyster. Let's not teach them to hate other women for their choices. If we do, they'll learn to hate themselves when/if they find themselves in a situation where their bodies are, voluntarily or otherwise, being objectified

The Letter I Gave My Daughter On Her 10th Birthday

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

Your kindness, generosity, patience, willingness to love and to forgive, your powerful brain, uproarious sense of humor, sharp and quick wit, and your overall awesomeness is an example I myself try to live up to every day.

A Fundamentally Important Conversation With My Daughter

Darin Ross | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Darin Ross

The piano doesn't care who you are. Neither does the ground when you run.

This Is What It Feels Like When You're About To Punish Your Child

John Kinnear | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
John Kinnear

I will love her AND be mad at her. I will know that this may not be the right thing to do, but it is the best way I know how to do it at that moment.

A Letter To My Daughter's Future Valentine

Tom Riles | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Tom Riles

When you are eating space food tonight, act like a gentleman, because this girl is special. There was a time when we weren't sure she was going to make it.

What My Daughter Knew About Life When She Was Only 2

Geoffrey Gevalt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Geoffrey Gevalt

It is Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1995. I'm taking a break from the cooking to go outside and sit on the front stoop. It's a glorious day: Warm, late afternoon sun basks the house in light. My youngest daughter Lily is two and a half.

The Lesson My Daughter Had To Learn On Her Own

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

I can't be present for every decision she'll make, now or later, to offer advice for her to follow or ignore; she needs to develop her ability take stock of whatever situation and moment she's in and then make good choices.

Why Can't I Be My Daughter's Favorite?

Ariel Chesler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

I see what's going on here. Mommy is your favorite. I realize that you are only 3 years old, but I am asking you to stop rejecting me. It makes Daddy sad.

Jousting Dad Healed By True Love's Kiss

Posted 10.04.2013 | Parents

Even knights in shining armor get boo-boos that need to be kissed -- and this particular member of the king's court knows that his daughter has the po...

12 Reasons You Know You Are a Parent Of 6 And 7-Year-Old Girls

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents
Davis Schneiderman

You launder all of your clothes together -- you've long stopped separating colors. You find in the pockets as many hair ties, hair clips, and Rainbow Loom rubber bands as a lucky 49er on a good day prospecting for gold.

What I Want For My Daughter When It Comes To Sex

Ferrett Steinmetz | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Ferrett Steinmetz

I refuse to perpetuate, even through the plausible deniability of humor, the idea that the people my daughter is attracted to are my enemy.