With a baby that is blossoming into a small girl, we are excited to partner with Ashworth Golf today to share 5 Ways to Create an Adventurous Daddy Daughter date. It feels like just last week that we had sweet baby Genevieve and time this year has absolutely flown by faster now than it ever has before for either of us. We have enjoyed every moment of watching our little human grow and introducing her to the world and to everyone we know. Now that she will probably be a teenager soon, we are having to start thinking about next steps for her future – for instance, we are considering a savings fund for her college or future car. In the mean time as we have that in the back of our minds, we’re also thinking about ways we can show her how to be a loving girl with a generous heart, who’s strong and doesn’t hesitate in following her passions, who loves Jesus, and who is a good older sister to her future sibling(s). As we think about some of the things that shaped us positively growing up, we believe that it’s not too early to start the adventurous daddy daughter dates in our own family. It seems that a firm foundation and relationship with BOTH of us and her will contribute to her achieving all of these things we hope for her and that she will be secure in herself as a woman by having the relationships with each of us as an example.
If you’re thinking about setting aside that intentional time with your little ones, and we’d very much encourage this of mother and son bonding as well, here are some ideas of what we consider when planning an outing.
- Consider Their Age. It’s never to early to start ‘dating’ your child by setting aside intentional time with them for both parents individually. Since our baby is nearly 10 months and with the weather being around 30 degrees and snowy currently, we consider that Genevieve is not ready to go for the 5 mile hike that we both might take as a couple. Instead we consider something closer to where we live, so that we can have her home for naps. In this case we went to a local park so that we could have some one on one time and play, but put too much pressure on our baby to do more than she’s ready for.
- Get Outside! Our family pretty much loves any adventure, which means a lot of being outside. A great way to stimulate your child’s mind in a healthy way is to take them outside regularly. And what better way to raise them to love doing outside adventures as a family then by taking them on a date outside? The air is fresh and the possibilities for activities are endless!
- What Does Your Child Love? If you think about what it would be like to date a person (maybe your own age) you could have a relationship with, you probably consider what they would like to do. This usually adds to the positive in the relationship so that person could at least enjoy the activity even if the conversation isn’t as alluring. With a 10 month old, we assume that she probably just enjoys seeing new things. In this case we thought it’d be fun to take her out in the snow since she hasn’t really been out in it yet. We look forward to hearing from her as she grows up about the activities she enjoys so we can take her to do or see things she loves.
- Intentional Focus on Your Child. When we think about some of the things we craved growing up, one of the most important in our lives was the attention of our parents. Knowing that they set aside intentional time to be with us, helped us to be more confidant in ourselves for the rest of our lives. Both of us can attribute relational and career successes back to the intentional time and attention that our own parents focused on us.
- Have Fun! No need to stress. We believe that the attitude you generally have will be reflected onto your child. If you are stressing, your child will probably do the same. Maybe some stress at times could be healthy. But maybe as you set aside time for your date, consider how your child and you can both have fun!
Kaleb decided to dress up in this Pima Cotton Quilted Pullover, Indigo Woven Button-Up, and Slub Flat Front Pants for his date with Genevieve to get us all into the practice of letting her know that we care about her to dress up for her. Of course this is not necessary to every date, but in our family we decided it’s also an important factor on occasion to make it a special event for our children and us. We partnered with Ashworth Golf on this outfit which was perfect for this outing because Kaleb was able to dress up and also be active with a little one (which could include chasing and running around with her).
Photography by Marilyn Nimz
**Kaleb’s outfit: Pima Cotton Quilted Pullover, Indigo Woven Button-Up, and Slub Flat Front Pants is c/o Ashworth Golf
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