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Dating Your Kids, Part 2: 5 Dad-Daughter Dates

By February 19, 2019 No Comments

Dads, date your daughters. There is no greater model for how your daughters should expect to be treated by a future boyfriend and spouse than spending time with their very own dad. And it is never too early or too late to date your daughter. Ask her on a date today. You will not regret it! Here are 5 dad-daughter dates to consider:

  • Family Chefs – This is more of an activity than a date, but you’ll have tons of fun together. Pick a night of the week and ask the rest of the family to disappear for 90-minutes so the two of you can cook dinner for everybody. Pick a recipe your family has never tried and get to work! If the meal turns out perfect, that’s fine…but it may be even better if a few things go wrong along the way!
  • Outdoor Adventures – Most girls would love to get some time out in nature with dad; and the options are limitless. Take a walk, hike, or jog together. Explore a new territory, be it the beach or the snow. Go for a bike ride. Try your hand at fishing or tennis. Soak in the sun (or the snow) and get active together! If you already know your daughter’s favorite outdoor activity, plan a special time to do that together.
  • She Plans, You Pay – Give your daughter a budget and tell her that as long as she stays within budget…anything goes! Be warned, this date could end up being anything from indoor skydiving to getting a pedicure together….or both!
  • Special Events – this one takes a bit more advance planning and a probably more funds. Check out what events are local and up-and-coming. It may be as simple as the latest movie release. Or as complex as booking tickets to a nice play or their favorite band. Be on the lookout for what you think may peak your daughter’s interest.
  • Mystery Date – Tell your daughter in advance that this date is gonna be a mystery to both of you! Then enlist a spouse, sibling or family friend to plan the evening and write the details and directions in a sealed envelope. Start the night together at a coffee shop, then open the envelope and see where things go!

Kurt Johnston

Next Gen Pastor at Saddleback Church
In youth ministry since 1988, Kurt Johnston has been at Saddleback Church since 1997, and currently supports the kids and youth ministry teams. Kurt has written almost 100 books, resources, and training curriculum to help encourage other pastors serving the next generation. Kurt and his wife, Rachel, live in Southern California and have two adult children.
Kurt Johnston