8 Non-Negotiables for Dads with Daughters


Samantha Krieger gives us great things to remember as we raise our daughters:

1. Meditate on God’s Word. Putting your relationship with Christ a priority will model to your daughter that God is your ultimate authority and to whom you’re accountable.

“I meditate on your precepts, and consider your ways” (Ps. 119:15).

2. Honor your marriage vows. The greatest gift you can give your daughter is a deep love for your wife.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Eph. 5:25).

3. Prize purity. There’s no better way to treasure purity than to model it yourself.

“Set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Tim. 4:10).

4. Share God’s truth. Teach your daughter the gospel and God’s life-giving commands and truths.

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads…” (Deut. 11:18).

5. Discipline consistently. True freedom = discipline + rules.

“Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives” (Prov. 19:18).

6. Schedule daddy-daughter dates.

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Cor. 13:6-7).

7. Ditch the distractions. Say “no” to activities and engagements that keep you away from family time.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…” (Gal. 5:22).

8. Ask forgiveness. Your daughter knows you’re human and make mistakes, but it’s good to admit when you fail.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (Jas 5:16).

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