Do you find it so much easier to talk to your mom about everything? Life can be tough, that’s for sure, but there’s one person who may know a little more than you think: Your dear old dad. He may wear funny Hawaiian shirts and embarrass you in front of your friends, but when you were little, you two were probably firmly attached at the hip, having tea parties or laughing over an ice cream cone or going fishing on the lake over the weekends together. Now, it seems like you have more in common with your mailman than your father. How did things ever get to this point, you wonder? But those day don’t have to be gone forever. And you want to know the best part? Your dad misses those times – and misses spending them with you. I've been thinking about all the good times I spent with my father. Here are the 3 tips I learned to strengthened the father-daughter bond...
Take a walk -- and just talk
Growing up, my father and I had some of our best conversations on the short walks home from the neighborhood pool during the summer. We didn't talk about anything philosophical or Earth-shattering in the grand scheme of things, but it made me feel close to my dad and showed me just how much he cared.
Ask him about his childhood
My father always loved telling stories from his boyhood days. Apparently, he was quite the mischievous one. There was a whole part of his life I knew nothing about, and I knew I needed to hear as many stories as I could before it was too late.
Visit him at work
In college, I used to spend the afternoons studying in my father's office while he worked on fixing all sorts of gadgets. I'd be wading through my huge journalism and psychology textbooks and the hear him whistling down the hall. T never failed to make me smile. Plus, I think he secretly liked showing me
everything he was working on.
So, friends, how do you bond with your father? Do you have any traditions or rituals that you share? What do you wish your father knew? xoxo
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