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THE POWER OF FATHER-DAUGHTER MEMORIES

BEST MEMORIES OF HER DAD

Women's best memories of a good dad are touching, inspiring, and sometimes surprising. Sometimes they're about big events in life, but often they are ordinary moments of time and connection. Just her and dad. Here are some of my favorites:

AIRPORT HERO: “It was the end of our family vacation. I was five years old. We turned in the rental car and were headed through the terminal to the gate when I realized I’d left my doll in the rental car. My mom said, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll get a new one when we get home.’ But my dad scooped me up in his arms. We ran back through the terminal, got on the shuttle bus, and returned to the rental car place. I got my doll back, but the thing I'll always remember is the thrill of being in my dad's arms as he was running through that airport. Just for me.  

CREATING MEMORIES WITH HER

How do you create memories with your daughter? Where do you start if you want an extraordinary relationship with her? I have good news... it's not difficult and here's a hint: start small. Little things add up over time. Big little things.

I have two words for you: Dunkin and donuts. It's not complicated and it's not about the donut. But donuts work. So do flowers and chocolate. Write that down. One woman told me her best memory of her dad was looking up words in the dictionary with him. Big little things.

If you're not sure what to do, go home and watch her. If she likes to play with dolls, do that. If she wants to have a tea party, do that! Don't worry, she will tell you what to do. 

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN

If someone someday asks your daughter, "What's your best memory of your dad?", what will she say? Are you giving her something to say?

 

Go find her and create a memory. Don't overthink it. Do it today. Keep it small. Someday Rachel will forget the day I took her to Dunkin Donuts. Someday she may forget the flowers and chocolate I took her at school. But how she felt when she got them is stored somewhere. A $2 donut and a little bit of time. And don't forget to take a picture with you in it. It might be a treasure one day. 

If you have a tradition, keep it going. If you don't, start one. A letter Every Sunday, a picture every birthday, breakfast every Thursday of high school. Something she can count on. Memories for a lifetime.

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