5 unexpected things about fathers and daughters

June 13, 2014

"father and daughter moments ebabee"

Have you ever watched the movie ‘Father of the Bride’?  For those of you who haven’t it’s about a father who is struggling (in a humorous way) to come to terms with his baby girl growing up and getting married.  In our home, Richard has already made a few joking (i hope) comments about Anya not being allowed near boys till she’s at least 25!    But boys aside, fathers and daughters do have a very special relationship.  It’s a different bond from what mothers and daughters share.  As Fathers Day is on Sunday I wanted to share a few lovely yet unexpected differences in our relationship that I have noticed and wondered if you have noticed these too:

1.  The bonding time took much longer for Richard.  He loved Anya from the day she was born and probably before but he didn’t find it easy bonding with a baby.  And then 6 months in to her life, everything changed and the bond grew stronger and stronger from there on.

2. He notices lovely little things about her that I miss.  Little facial expressions, big new words she uses, if she’s grown a millimetre. Maybe because I spend a lot more time with her or maybe because he sees her differently than I do.

3.  He falls for her feminine wiles each and every time!  All children want to get their way.  Boys tend to be more straightforward asking for what they want whereas girls can be a bit more creative.  When Anya is plotting to get her way, I can see what she is up to from the start.  But Richard innocently falls for her ploys hook, line and sinker!  And the best part is that she knows this and takes full advantage.

4. He lovingly makes complex DIY things for her that she adores like dolls houses and magnetic fishing games.  Recently he made her a ride-on plane from a large cardboard box and when she tired of the plane and demanded a boat, he stayed up late in to the night to transform the plane in to a boat so she would wake up to it the next morning.

5.  Anya gets away with doing things to Richard that no other person on the planet could do.  Like putting frilly clips in his hair or even painting his nails!

Have you noticed any special little differences in the way you and your partner are with your daughter?  Or maybe this applies to sons too in a different way?  I’m really curious to hear.

A very happy Fathers day to all the wonderful dads out there! x

{photo by ebabee when Anya just turned 1}

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  • Mel

    Morning! I am glad Vicki ‘introduced’ us on Twitter yesterday (That’s a sentence I never thought I’d say/type!). Love this post, and I could not agree more! Hubby is besotted with his three little girls, and he seems to notice so much more than I do about them. They are also Daddy’s girls, especially my toddler. Whenever anything upsets her, she shouts ‘Daddy, Daddeeeeeeey!’. x Mel

    • ebabee likes

      I’m so glad we ‘met’ too. Thanks for your words – so glad you enjoyed the post. I love the bond that fathers and daughters share – it really is special and sounds like your girls have daddy wrapped around their little fingers too! I’m looking forward to discovering more of your lovely blog soon. x

  • Mirka @Kahanka

    Fabulous post, I can see so many similarities with my hubby and our two daughters. they are his princesses, and sometimes I am so jealous of what they have. the bond between a father and a daughter is so special and so very different. I miss my dad so much, and will be thinking of you tomorrow!

    • ebabee likes

      It is indeed a such a special relationship – i had my dad very much on my mind when I wrote this post. I know it can still be very hard sometimes. Will be thinking of you too tomorrow.

  • Coombemill

    A happy Father’s Day There is definitely a different relationship, that’s why it’s good to have a Mum and a Dad #Shine

    • ebabee likes

      I love watching their relationship – and yes that’s probably there is a mum and dad! 🙂

  • Steph @MisplacedBrit

    I love all the signs that led us to the #SHINEbloghop together 🙂

    Such a beautiful post! He notices the things about her, but it’s you that notices the things about him. It just occurred to me while reading your post that maybe one of our jobs as mothers is to let our little girls know what we see in their dad! That gets so easily missed <3

    Thanks for joining in! I see I'll end up a regular at your site 🙂

    • ebabee likes

      What a lovely thought. I never thought about it from my point of view – that I’m noticing things about him. I couldn’t agree more that we need to let our kids know what we see in their dads. Thanks for your lovely words and I totally believe in signs! 🙂

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