Giveaway: 8 Great Date for Dads and Daughters

June 6, 2014 in books,boys,dads and daugthers

Mom, you’re awesome. But you are a girl. Which means you only know so much about boys. Dad should take over now. But finding the right words and the right time to talk to a daughter about boys is tough. Tween girls can be hard to approach, confusing to understand, and moody–even for a mom who used to be one. Watching their little girl grow into a woman is hard enough for a dad without adding awkward conversations.

Dads and daughtersEnter Dannah Gresh, founder of Secret Keeper Girl, and her husband Bob. They knew girls were hooking up earlier than ever, and they knew, from research, that the single greatest preventer of early sexual interaction was the presence of a dad, even if other risk factors were present.  So Bob and Dannah added a title to the awesome 8 Great Date series (usually the series is for Moms and Daughters and if you haven’t checked them out–they are awesome), to help dads talk to their daughters about boys.

Each date has a fun activity like playing a prank, a special movie night, or a treasure hunt. But don’t worry these dates won’t cost a ton of money or require much preparation. In fact, most date activities have a range of ideas so dad can pick what fits best. There are conversation guides, MP3 files to listen to on the way to the date, and scripture to discuss. Really, the great thing about the book is how customizable it is: dad does what fits his personality using this guide as a skeleton. And no matter what approach you use, you are guaranteed to create memories and earn the right to speak into her life because you will also be listening. Bob and Dannah also thoughtfully included a section to help single moms use the book.

We haven’t tried the dates here yet. Until this crazy soccer season ends (3 days people!), there isn’t much time or money for extras, but I can tell from reading through the dates, that Bob and Dannah understand tween girls because I know both my daughters, though very different in personality, will love these activities and this kind of time with dad. And really I would rather my husband talk to her about boys than the boy-crazy girl down the street. Honestly, this sort of thing might be a bit a of stretch for my husband, but I am confident it will pay off.

I couldn’t wait to share the book with you because Secret Keeper Girl is offering to give away one of these books to a Pruning Princesses reader! And I hope to get the book in your hands by Father’s Day. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite kind of date with your girl or tell me who you plan to give this book to. I’ll have my husband choose a random winner Sunday night.


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Dana Hanson June 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Nate loves to go outdoors with the girls on his dates. Bike rides are one of their favorites. Every year on their birthday, Nate gives the girls a flower or plant and takes them out for a donut breakfast.


Tricia olson June 7, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Having 3 kids…it’s hard to get out on mommy date nights. But I love just the little things…like hot chocolate date with my oldest to hear all about life at school, getting a donut with my middle and not even getting a word in as she tells me all her fairy tales and spending time with my littlest wild man pushing him on the swing at the park and hearing him laugh out loud as I push him as high as the swing will go!!!
I will give the book to my amazing husband!


Wendy June 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

I’d love to give this book to my husband for our daughters! Thanks for the giveaway!


Andrea June 8, 2014 at 12:32 am

We’d love to read this book at our house too! Thanks Laura for the giveaway!


Joanna June 8, 2014 at 1:25 am

I’ll give this to a sweet friend who has a three year old daughter. Thanks for the opportunity to win!


Julie June 8, 2014 at 1:51 am

Just took my daughter on an early morning bookstore date today! Thanks Laura!


Ann Bruinsma June 8, 2014 at 2:03 am

We haven’t done many daughter dates…but 1:1 IHOP breakfast certainly makes her feel special. Since my daughter is only 5, this book would either be preparation for the future(!) or a gift for my brother to use with his daughter. Probably both!


Becky Daye June 8, 2014 at 2:48 am

This looks fantastic, Laura!! I love the smile on my daughter’s face whenever her Daddy takes her out on a date! They usually go to Olive Garden for dinner and then for ice cream, because that is what she always chooses!!! But we just bought a two person kayak for our anniversary and I expect that they will enjoy some Daddy-daughter time out on a lake very soon!


Amber Voiland June 8, 2014 at 11:51 am

For our mama/daughter dates we love going to Barnes & Noble. We sit and read books together for hours!


pruningprincesses June 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm

So happy to see you here, Amber. Congrats you are the winner! I have your address as Jonathan Dr. Still correct? If not email the real one so I can give your address to Secret Keeper Girl.


Jennifer Peterson June 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Looks like a great book! And with three girls I know it would come in handy! My hubby is great at grabbing one of his daughters and hanging out with them one on one! I think one of the favorite dates that my hubby did was with my oldest to Monster Jam! She loved it!


Erica June 8, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Hi! So far our girl hasn’t had any daddy dates, but I think this book addresses something important. And I’m interested to see what light it sheds on addressing the topic of boys since we have 3 sons.


Laurie June 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Geoff loves taking the girls out on dates. To celebrate the end of school, he took them out to pizza and ice cream and then to Earl May (garden store) to buy a flower pot and some flowers to take care of this summer. He takes them out by themselves too – sometimes just the two of them go to the grocery store together. I love getting to do something with just one of them at a time. I feel like I really SEE them in those moments.


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