Traditions do not need to be centered around a holiday or a major event. Some traditions can be very simple, but have a lasting impact on our families. A tradition we have recently started is “Daddy-Daughter” dates. I read a great article from Family.org that talked about “fathers becoming more aware of their influence and regularly dating their daughters.” This is their time to talk, laugh, vent…whatever they want. They deserve to have this time to strengthen the relationship and bond with each other.
“The bond you develop with your daughter during real times of conversation and connection pays dividends.” Lynne M. Thompson and Cheryl Gochnauer
Here are some great ideas for “Daddy-Daughter” dates:
- Go to a museum
- BBQ and/or go on a picnic together
- Go fishing, hiking or just take a walk
- Look at photo albums and pictures
- Teach her a new skill: change a tire, oil, fix bike
- Teach him a new skill: sew a button, bake favorite dessert
- Do a service project for someone in need
- Go to the park
- Shoot some hoops
- Ice Cream shop
- Interview each other and publish your stories through Cherish Bound
- Go watch a sporting event
Modify this list and activities to suit your family's needs. How about a grandfather or uncle? Maybe your family needs a “Mother-Son” date…whatever it may be modify it to create lasting memories and traditions in your family.