6 Things Every Dad Should Teach His Daughters


There is a great country song by Gary Allen that says, “When tough little boys grow up to be dads, they turn into big babies again.”

I’ve been a dad four times over now, but I never really believed that until I had my little girl. Little girls turn daddies into mush. My little Emma can get away with a lot of things the boys never could. I’m not saying whether or not that’s right or wrong, I’m just saying that’s the way it is.

There’s a wonderful book by H. Norman Wright called “Always Daddy’s Girl.” It chronicles the special bond between a father and a daughter. So many girls and women today suffer or flourish in life-long relationships because of the influence or the lack of influence from their fathers.

The fun but sometimes scary thing about raising a daughter is that every dad has the opportunity and responsibility to show her what a “real man” is and to give her confidence to face the world with happiness and strength.

The truth of the matter is that we aren’t always the kind to sit down, sip tea with teddy bears, and teach with words, but the following six things are ways that dads can make the message sink in. I’ll try to keep the mushy stuff to a minimum.

The next few slides will show you what I think a dad should be teaching his daughter(s).


Gas station attendant, holding red rag, checks oil level

How to Change a Tire and Change the Oil

Teach her to be self-reliant, even with things that society says are “men’s jobs.” Teach her how to count on herself and to know that she has the power to be successful and confident. Teach her to be tough when she needs to and to be able to care for herself and others.

Studio photo of adorable little girl looking upward, isolated on white.

It's OK to Wear Pink


No matter how tough and capable she is, encourage and appreciate her natural, feminine qualities.


She is Beautiful – No Matter What

Beauty is more than physical, but I have never met a girl that did not love to hear those words. The world can be cruel. When zits come, or if she gains a few pounds, she always needs to hear from her daddy that she is beautiful.


She is More than Just Beautiful

Teach her that she is not an object—she is your daughter! Show her how men should treat women by your example. The media objectifies women more than ever before, and dads are the greatest force against the barrage of body messages that are thrown at our daughters. Make sure you’re not only complementing her physical beauty, but her mind, her kindness, and her character. Show her that you value these traits in the women in your life, especially in her mother.

dad and daugther 6

When to Open Her Mouth

Strength is not masculine or feminine; it has to do with character. Help her learn to say “no” to people and to stand up for what she deems right, even when it’s not comfortable or popular.

dad and daughter 4

When to Keep Her Mouth Shut
Gossip and backbiting are common, especially in today’s technological society. Bullies don’t have to be 200-pound brutes any longer with Facebook and other social media; all it takes is cruel words, gossip, and rumors. Teach her to treat others with kindness and to seek to add value to others rather than to take it away.

So, be the “real man” in your daughter’s life that will give her trust and confidence in her future and the capability to face it.


What are some things that you feel every dad should teach his daughter?

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  1. Ashleigh says:

    I 100% agree with this!

  2. Very true, watching my daughter and her fathers bond is great, not only her Dad, but her 9 year old brother also. She has all her uncles wrapped around her finger. She comes from a huge family over runned by boys.

  3. LIZ says:

    my husband is gonna enjoy the time with baby sowing how to do many things

  4. mommy nhoj says:

    I will share and compare this list with my husband and see if I can add something up

  5. kim says:

    i learn alot from these steps but i wish there was more and it shouldnt just be for daughters but sons , i agree with thomas more steps would be nice.

  6. Thomas says:

    well, after reading 6 Things Every Dad Should Teach His Daughters and 6 Things Every Dad Should Teach His Sons i personally think it should just be 12 things every dad should teach his children.

  7. Ian says:

    I can’t wait to teach my daughter these things. I just hope I’m the best father that I can be for her.

  8. Bea says:

    The most important, know God personaly, intimately. All thing through Christ our Lord, Yeshua….
    Hold you head high, you are awesome and unique, stand tall.you got this…You are Bea utiful You are Strong!!!!

  9. Bea says:

    repeats a few..How about; integrity, honesty,( don’t back down stand her ground)
    Defense training! to protect herself!! To listen, learn, not to believe all the things she hears, and 1/2 half the things she see…..
    Forgive, but that doesn’t mean trust, trust has to be earned once broken, hard to get back..
    The most important, know God personaly, intimately. All thing through Christ our Lord, Yeshua….
    Hold you head high, you are awesome and unique, stand tall.you got this…You are Bea utiful You are Strong!!!!

  10. elizabeth says:

    very helpful for girls to learn


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