Sunday, June 17, 2012

Why I'm Not Daddy's Little Princess

I really dislike the term that you often see emblazoned on onesies and bibs: "Daddy's little princess." I love my dad, but I've just never related to that stereotypical representation of the father/daughter relationship.

My dad didn't give me everything I wanted. He gave me a lot, and then he sat down with me and taught me how to budget and save for everything else.

My dad didn't rescue me from every difficult situation. Instead, he gave me advice about what I could do to solve the problem. When I needed to learn the hard way, he let me.

My dad didn't emphasize appearance. I believe that he thinks I'm beautiful. But it's much more important to me that he thinks I'm smart, capable, and talented.

I didn't have my dad "wrapped around my finger." My dad didn't (and doesn't) always agree with me. He taught me that it was ok to disagree and showed how to disagree in a loving way (I'm still working on that one...).

In many ways, I am a lot like my dad. And in many other ways, I hope to be like him. He has been a great example throughout my life.  He doesn't treat me like a delicate princess. He loves me unconditionally, but he also challenges me and respects me. And I am so grateful for that.

Me looking like a munchkin in Dad's shirt.

Playing with the girls. Ah, the good old days before Matt was born. Kidding!!
All the kiddos
Me and Dad in May 2011


HANNAH said...

Yes, I'M Daddy's princess, and there was only room for one! ;)

JUST KIDDING!! Love you.

Sallie said...

What a great entry! Dad's head probably won't fit through the door this evening! You're a great daughter! Love you!

Mica said...

Wow, that's an excellent post! As always, I'm impressed--though not surprised--by your thoughtfulness and sincerity. Your dad has helped you become such a great adult!

I'm pretty sure I have some princess syndrome, and it worries me a lot. Like, I cry too much when things are hard and probably rely on my dad too much for things I could solve myself. Now, I feel resolve to get myself together!

Jenn said...

What a beautiful post Kayla! I love it!

Katina said...

What a beautiful tribute to Paul. I agree...he's a great dad. Love you so much,
Aunt Katina