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You. The father of a toddler daughter. Sleep deprived, feeling like the whole world is balancing on your shoulders. Groundskeeper, nurse, personal servant, laundry attendant… and you work 50 stressful hours a week outside the home. The to-do list is never-ending, isn’t it?
These years are trying. And toddler girls are… they’re something. Highly needy, unpredictably grumpy, full of energy and fun. And who is their superhero? Daddy. Who do they want at 2 in the morning when they wake up with an ear ache? Daddy. Who do they want to sing “let it go” and spin in circles with them? Daddy.
This is so far outside of your comfort zone. The dresses, tutus, princesses. The singing, dancing, hugs and kisses. Everything pink. Everything sparkly. Everything as girly as possible.
And you’re not perfect. Some days you struggle. Some days you’re too tired to give her all of your attention. Sometimes your temper is short. And that’s okay. You know what these sweet girls are going to remember from their early childhood? The dad who would drop everything to pick up their sweetheart when she needed some extra love. The dad who was willing to play dress up and watch the Little Mermaid a thousand times. The dad who would bake cookies and read books and made sure his daughter knew she was really a princess.
Toddler girls are tough, but also oh-so-magical. But they aren’t going to stay this little forever. And when that little girl grows up she will know that she needs to look for a man who will still treat her like a princess. That she deserves someone who will put her first. Who will work hard for her and their family.
So thank you for being there for her. For showing her what a real man is and being her prince. She may not be able to articulate it quite yet, but you are her world and she will always have a special place in her heart for you. Her daddy.
And how do I know this? Well once I was a toddler girl with a dad like this. My earliest memories are of him and watching princess movies, baking brownies, him trying to figure out how in the world to make my hair look decent. And now I get to watch him with my toddler girl.
Happy Father’s Day!
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And because my toddler girl loves her daddy she wanted to get in the action of making him a little gift. He keeps saying he needs nice artwork for his office, and Maddie Grace decided she could make him just that!
All you do is use tape to outline the letters on a canvas, and let your toddler go to town painting on top of it. If yours is anything like mine, it will turn into a finger painting fiasco but be so much fun. Allow the paint to dry, take the tape off, and voila daddy has some original artwork by his favorite little Picasso!
Then you just need to wrap it up in Father’s Day gift packaging from American Greetings at Walmart and pick your favorite card to go with it. It’s a great way to celebrate the amazing dads in you and your children’s lives! And they have such a fun collection of cards. Singing ties, jumbo cards, and even cards from the cat!
You’ll find everything you need in the card aisle!
So what are you doing to make Father’s Day celebrate for the amazing dads in your life? I’d love to hear all the details below!