In a matter of weeks, perhaps days, a tiny little princess will be coming home. We've got her room ready with her chandelier hanging, Cinderella's castle is on the wall, and a Rapunzel lantern on her dresser. I cannot wait to be the dad of a baby girl, which has led to me thinking about what it will be like to have a little princess. I cannot wait. The princess movies, the tea parties, the dancing, and I'm sure there are some other princess details that I haven't even discovered yet. Since I’m in the midst of decorating a room full of princesses, I couldn’t help but think of why I cannot wait to treat my daughter like a princess.
Why Dads Should Treat Their Daughter Like a Princess
1. A princess is defined by whose she is not what she does. I already know that I'll love my baby girl; it's not because of the joy that she'll bring me, the cute things she'll make me, or how she will say, "Daddy." I'll love my little girl because she's mine. A princess doesn't earn being a princess, she's a princess because her dad is the king. I want my little girl to know that she's a princess because she's mine not because of how she chooses to dress, act, or think.
"So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith." - Galatians 3:26
2. A princess is beautiful. Every little girl needs to know they are beautiful. And I don’t mean beautiful like super-model, magazine beautiful, but really beautiful - inside and out. And when my little girl is old enough to walk into the room and show off her princess dress, I want her to hear it take my breath away.
3. A princess is joyful. Every princess is full of joy. They’re not immune to their fair share of trials, evil step-mothers, or witches, but even in the midst of this a princess sings and talks with the animals and goes about her life.
“Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” - Snow White
A princess might have challenges, questions, suffering, and difficult days, but joy seems to be the thread that weaves through her story. A princess somehow knows how to, “Be joyful always.” I want to teach my princess how to be joyful, even in the times life around us doesn’t give us much to be happy about.
4. A princess will one day marry a prince. The first thing I thought when I found out I was going to have a baby girl was, “Oh, crap.” This was the reason. I’ve been at weddings and have seen dads watch their daughters getting married… I don’t want to even think about that day. But what I do know is that one day my daughter will find some strapping young lad and I’m going to do everything I can do make sure her expectations are set high.
What would you add to the list?
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