Raising A DaughterOn August 23, 2017 by Mark Kent
When I got married to the love of my life, a woman nature cannot replace, I never knew she would be gone so soon. May her soul rest in peace. She died when my daughter was only three, and I was left alone to take care of her. It was hard raising her as a kid. However, it became frustrating two years ago when she reached thirteen. This is when I realized just how much a girl can be a foreigner to a father.
As much as I love and enjoy raising my lovely angel, I have to admit that it is one of the hardest tasks I have ever been assigned. Apart from the fact that raising her is hard, I also have to live with constant fear. Yes, I fear that I might fail and that something might happen to her.
However, I remain determined to be the best father who has ever lived.
Best Tips for raising my Daughter
In this journey, I have consulted my friends, professionals and fellow parents to advise me on the best ways to raise my only daughter. Through experience, I have also learned other tips on my own.
Going places with her
Just a few months before she celebrated her thirteenth birthday, she became unruly, and I was deeply disturbed. A friend told me to try taking her out, and I did. Since then, I have never stopped doing the same whenever I have time. Being together away from our busy home makes her the center of my attention. In this way, she feels loved, and this builds trust and a stronger relationship. In fact, I plan to use this tip until she grows into a full woman.
Showing interest in her friends
Apart from me, my daughter’s friends are also the center of her life. She is a social person, and she likes hanging out with friends. This worried me at first, and I somehow tried to make her stay at home. This went on until another parent within our neighborhood told me to let my daughter be. I took her advice and started to allow her to attend sleepover parties. I started showing interest in her friends, knew them and even checked their photos regularly on my daughter’s phone. This worked wonders. She became happier and more open with me.
Whenever my daughter does something good, be it at home or at school, I never fail to shower her with praise. Well, I realized I was spoiling her with a lot of praises when an expert told me that she might turn out to be a person who only does things to earn praise. So, I stooped over praising her. Nowadays, I praise her by pointing on details, and this makes her grateful and responsible.
Involving myself with school work
Whenever my daughter calls me to help her with homework, I usually respond very positively. Apart from showing her how to go about schoolwork, I also sit next to her as she studies or does her homework.