D.A.D.U.P. – Devoted 11.18.18

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Successful artists don’t frame things around “not enough.” There is NEVER not enough time, money, confidence, or whatever it is at that moment to do what they need to be successful. It’s called devotion.

The portrait of a successful Dad is the same. If you’re not prioritizing time with your daughter, you should be. Remaining devoted to being a constant and reliable presence in her life is a key factor of fatherhood. Brush up on your skills and #DADUP

(At each of our Daddy Daughter Time events, we hand out D.A.D.U.P. cards to all of the Dads. It’s a way to help remind them to remain intentional in their daughters’ lives. There are five main components of the program: Dependable. Approachable. Devoted. Understanding. Patient. After each event, we post the message that was handed out here on our blog.)

November’s Father Feature: Douglas Small

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This month’s Father Feature highlights Doug Small. Doug is a great example of how you don’t have to be a biological father to be “all in” with fatherhood. Most know him as the go-to guy when it comes to getting the most out of Grand Rapids as he is the CEO and President of Experience Grand Rapids. Learn more about him and get some ‘Dadvice’ from Doug here…

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D.A.D.U.P. – Understanding 10.20.18

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There are some things we’ll never understand… like how Pumpkin Spice Pringles actually exist. Those can’t be good.

Someday your sweet daughter will be just as confusing to you as those chips (or pumpkin spice deodorant. Yes, that’s a real thing.) Understanding your daughter starts with listening. If you don’t listen to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big. Because to them… all of it has always been big stuff.

#dadup

(At each of our Daddy Daughter Time events, we hand out D.A.D.U.P. cards to all of the Dads. It’s a way to help remind them to remain intentional in their daughters’ lives. There are five main components of the program: Dependability. Approachability. Devotion. Understanding. Patience. After each event, we post the message that was handed out here on our blog.)

October’s Father Feature: Chris Zoladz

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This month our Father Feature focuses on Chris Zoladz. This on-the-go Dad is a Central Michigan graduate currently living in Grand Rapids. He’s a senior account executive at Seyferth PR, husband, and father to a family of three children – including the adorable Nora. Learn more about him and get some ‘Dadvice’ from Chris here…

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D.A.D.U.P. – Dependability 9.22.18

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It’s something most of us don’t give a second thought. You turn the key. The engine starts. It’s called dependability.

Your daughter should have the same feeling about you. You want to steer her away from danger to to be able to handle the speed bumps of life. Does she know she can depend on you?

When you consistently respond to her smaller needs, she’ll trust in you and call on you when her needs get bigger.

Make eye contact. Listen and help when you can. Show her that she can look to you to be a dependable source of nurturing, safety, protection, respect, and love. Not at home? Make sure she knows she can reach out and call you whenever she needs to… just not while driving. #dadup

(At each of our Daddy Daughter Time events, we hand out D.A.D.U.P. cards to all of the Dads. It’s a way to help remind them to remain intentional in their daughters’ lives. There are five main components of the program: Dependability. Approachability. Devotion. Understanding. Patience. After each event, we post the message that was handed out here on our blog.)

GIVEAWAY: Surprise Notes from Inklings Paperie

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“Cover your eyes, Daddy.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard my daughter tell me to do this. It seems as though everything (at age 8) simply must be a surprise. Whether it’s a completed craft, a cleaned room, or a new piece of clothing, it can’t just be seen. It must be revealed.

So when I wanted to send a note to her in the mail (she lives hours away with her mother), I knew I had to find just the right method. Enter: Inklings Paperie. They have the perfect way to “surprise” someone special with a little note. It works just like a scratch off ticket, except you get to personalize it.

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D.A.D.U.P. – Approachable 8.26.18

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Most young girls approach a horse with a little bit of fear. And with good reason – They’re bigger, stronger, and don’t always clearly express whether they are in a good mood or not. This may sound familiar… because it can describe you as well.

Being approachable isn’t automatic. But it’s vital if you want to build trust and communication with your daughter. She needs to know, without a doubt, that she can approach you with any issues she may be dealing with. If she doesn’t do that at age 4, she more than likely won’t at age 14.

Get down to her level. Sit with her. Listen.  Nibble sugar cubes from her hand. Ok, maybe not the last one (Unless you’re playing “horsey” and you’ve got a sweet tooth). Approachability is the goal.   #dadup

(At each of our Daddy Daughter Time events, we hand out D.A.D.U.P. cards to all of the Dads. It’s a way to help remind them to remain intentional in their daughters’ lives. There are five main components of the program: Dependability. Approachability. Devotion. Understanding. Patience. After each event, we post the message that was handed out here on our blog.)

D.A.D.U.P. – Patience 7.18.18

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Daddy Daughter Time – Picnic in the Park, Wednesday, July 18, 2018.
(Emily Rose Bennett)

No matter how great of a dad you are, there are days you’re going to get “soaked.” Something in your daughter’s world is going to burst and splashes of emotion are going to come raining down.

Or it may be you that’s getting bombarded and events have left you wondering when the barrage will end. Here’s your reminder to take a breath and remain PATIENT.

When it comes to fatherhood, PATIENCE isn’t a virtue. It’s a necessity.  Your daughter looks to you as an example of how to deal with stress (even stress she’s caused.) Pro Dad Tip: Make a checklist of healthy ways to handle overwhelming stress. Keep it handy and use it to help keep your cool.  #dadup

(At each of our Daddy Daughter Time events, we hand out D.A.D.U.P. cards to all of the Dads. It’s a way to help remind them to remain intentional in their daughters’ lives. There are five main components of the program: Dependability. Approachability. Devotion. Understanding. Patience. After each event, we post the message that was handed out here on our blog.)

D.A.D.U.P. – Approachability 6.10.18

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It wouldn’t be strange if your daughter has never asked you to style her hair. (Maybe not that strange after the Big Braid.) But does she APPROACH you with other questions or concerns?

You want to protect her. You want to help her develop and grow. you want her to succeed. None of that happens if you don’t know what she’s dealing with from day to day. To get that line of communication, you must become as APPROACHABLE as you can.

There are hundreds of little things we can do as parents that either build up or tear down the hearts of our kids. By simply listening and letting her know she can come to you when she needs an ear, a hand, or a shoulder to cry on, she’ll see you as someone she can APPROACH and confide in. #dadup

 

(At each of our Daddy Daughter Time events, we hand out D.A.D.U.P. cards to all of the Dads. It’s a way to help remind them to remain intentional in their daughters’ lives. There are five main components of the program: Dependability. Approachability. Devotion. Understanding. Patience. After each event, we post the message that was handed out here on our blog.)