I saw an extended version on Pinterest recently so I can’t take credit for it, but I thought it was nice so I’ve taken the best ones and also adapted some! Here you go, number…

  1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honour, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.
  2. Always be there. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she adds years to her… add life to her years.
  3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.
  4. Savour every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in nappies, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Someday soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bee’s knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.
  5. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.
  6. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.
  7. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.
  8. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.
  9. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.
  10. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.
  11. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.
  12. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.
  13. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Try not to be late.
  14. Never forget her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you forgot that it was her birthday.
  15. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.
  16. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.
  17. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.
  18. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly someday. Enjoy her caterpillar years.
  19. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.
  20. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.