10 Daddy-Daughter Dates Inspired by Quality Over Quantity
Fathers play such an impactful role in their daughter’s lives, but developing and maintaining a strong and healthy relationship can be challenging. The cultural hustle, bustle and constant demands on time can make people feel as though there are not enough hours in the day. Are your elaborate plans for daddy-daughter dates spoiled by last minute meetings or just plain exhaustion? Apply the principle of quality over quantity!
We’ve gathered a list of 10 short, sweet and simple activities for fathers and daughters to enjoy together. These daddy-daughter date inspirations will help you start a fun, exciting tradition. Mark these dates on the calendar!
1. Pack a Surprise Snack Picnic
Lunch or dinner picnics can take lots of time and preparation, but a snack picnic is much less cumbersome! It requires less food, less preparation and less time. Start keeping a spare blanket or sheet in the trunk. Surprise her with a quick trip after school to a nearby park or lake. If you really want to be creative, choose an unlikely spot, spread out your comfy blanket and play games. Make up stories for passersby or lay down, look up and find animals in the clouds.
2. Create Art
You can make beautiful art anywhere! Have fun drawing together with easy to clean chalk at home in the driveway or on the pavement in the park. Try drawing your favorite animal, or take turns outlining each other in chalk for portraits. No pavement? No problem! Pick up some craft paper and washable paint for finger-paint masterpieces. Once they’re dry, you can hang your favorite works on the fridge.
3. Go Fishing
Do you love to fish? Invite her into your world and teach her something new! If fishing is your thing, show her how to bait her hook, pick a lure or perfect her cast. If you’re not a fisherman, make it a challenge you can tackle together. A stocked pond is a good choice for novice fishermen or younger kids. Make sure you look up the local fishing regulations and get any fishing licenses in place before your outing!
Between bites, share your memories of the father figure in your life and your favorite things to do when you were her age. Don’t forget to snap a photo of every catch! You’ll be sure to create a lasting memory, no matter how many bites you get.
4. Prepare Dinner Together
Cooking together is a great way to bond. If you’re a grill master, she will love being invited into your world and learning something new. Get creative with your menu choice or pick a family favorite, and go shopping for ingredients together. When it’s time to cook, put on her favorite playlist and get chopping. Wear aprons and chef hats for an added bonus!
5. Explore a New Place Together
Create new and exciting memories by doing something together that neither of you have ever done before! These adventures will someday be special memories that you both cherish. Simply enjoy each other’s company without a stressful agenda. Try visiting a museum, eating at a new restaurant or venturing into local stores that look interesting.
If she’s in her tweens or teens and in the “I’m embarrassed to be with my parents” phase, then take her to a place where there’s little chance that she will be seen by her peers. Although it may hurt your feelings, take one for the team and chalk it up for the greater good. This sacrifice will demonstrate to her that you value her perspective and are willing to compromise.
6. Do Her Favorite Thing
Allowing her to choose her favorite activity automatically invites you into her world! This simple gesture tells her that you think she’s interesting and that you want to be part of her world. Get excited about letting her lead and be ready to learn from her.
7. Get Ice Cream After School
Enjoy a cone or delicious frozen yogurt together after you pick her up from school. Have fun with flavor combinations and toppings. You can even make it a contest to see who can make the most delicious masterpiece. Don’t forget to come up with creative names for your creations.
8. Buy Something Special Together
Kids love to shop! However, it’s not necessarily the items in the bag, but the experience that makes it special. Remember, it’s about the quality, not quantity, so even something small will do. Make sure to set a budget and grab a coffee for good measure! If your daughter is younger, let her put your purchase on the counter and pay the cashier. If your daughter is a teen, try visiting a second-hand shop. Challenge her to find the best item within your budget.
9. Treat Her to a Dinner Date
You can make it simple, quirky, or even formal. Take her to her favorite fast-food place or to a restaurant with cloth napkins and tablecloths. If you really want to have some fun, create different themes with your food choices and dress in attire that matches.
10. Take Photos Together
Make sure to bring your selfie stick! Take plenty of pictures of each other, but more importantly, take pictures together. They’ll be a reminder of your time together, so don’t afraid to take both serious and silly shots. Using your photos, create a special daddy-daughter photo album or picture collage.
Spending time building a healthy and happy relationship with your daughter or daughters doesn’t have to take hours on end. Set a time limit, like an hour, if schedules are tight and remember that what’s important is quality and consistency. Put it on your calendar and make it a big deal. Remind her and everyone else as the date approaches. Most of all, have fun creating memories with your daughter.