A father-daughter tradition

In a frenzy, princess costumes and bedazzled shoes are tossed aside to be replaced with old clothes, socks and sneakers.

It is Sunday morning and a certain excitement fills the air.

After scrambling to get dressed, two little girls sit eagerly watching their Daddy’s every move as he prepares for their weekly adventure.

Slowly and steadily he gathers all of his bits together, a picnic blanket, morning tea which I have prepared, his chalk bag and climbing shoes.

When at last he pulls out the child carrier, 22-month-old Smiley cannot handle the anticipation any longer. She waves her little arms frantically above her head as she hops from one foot to the other making it look like she’s dancing a jig.

‘Backpack, backpack,’ she repeats with increasing urgency begging to be put in the carrier.

And with that, they head off on their adventure – the three of them, Dave and his two girls, for a morning of sunshine and fresh air.

This weekly tradition of theirs was born almost by accident earlier this year.

It stemmed from my request to have a couple of hours’ peace and quiet on a Sunday morning to focus on my writing.

Dave had happily agreed to take the girls out of the house as he had been craving some quality time with them anyway.

It was by chance that on their first outing he took them rock climbing, one of his favourite things to do, and they happened to love it.

Now every Sunday they head out to their special spot, play around on the rocks and come home dirty, sweaty and happy.

Last week I crashed their date to see what it is they actually get up to.

I witnessed our sometimes cautious four-year-old approach the cliff face with confidence while listening intently to her Daddy’s instructions.

I saw a determination on her face that I’d not seen before. She carefully considered every move she made as she challenged herself to climb higher and higher.

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Meanwhile, little Smiley continued to dance her jig at the bottom of the cliffs chanting, ‘My turn, my turn,’ until Dave picked her up and placed her on top of a rock.

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It was something special watching the three of them interact with each other, playing silly buggars, rough-housing and stepping out of their comfort zones, all the while building memories that they will carry in their hearts for a lifetime.

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As we packed up and readied ourselves to leave, we spotted a young girl of about 10 who had climbed to the top of the cliffs.

‘That will be you one day,’ said Dave to Miss Four.

They looked at each other and beamed.

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Do you have a family tradition in your household? Does your partner get to spend quality time with your kids?

Sharing this story today for My little sunshine house’s Sunshine Sunday. This week’s writing prompt – Father.

19 comments on A father-daughter tradition

  1. Rosehips and Rhubarb
    September 7, 2014 at 8:14 am (3 years ago)

    It’s great that your husband spends so much time sharing a passion with his little girls. My children are older now (11, 15, 17 and 20) so I can tell you from experience that the time you spend with them now will pay off in future, that years of love and trust will reap future dividends.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you for the advice πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to watch the relationship between these little girls and their dad grow over the years πŸ™‚

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  2. Rachel
    September 7, 2014 at 9:09 am (3 years ago)

    What a beautiful tradition. I love that he’s teaching them that they can be physically strong and that this is something to aspire to. Obviously I don’t have girls but I do wonder sometimes if society doesn’t focus on this princess business to the exclusion of all else.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Rachel. I think this time the girls have with their dad getting dirty and doing things I wouldn’t necessarily do with them is so important for their personal growth.

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  3. Sam Stone (@A Life on Venus)
    September 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm (3 years ago)

    That is adorable. We don’t have any specific traditions here, but I am going to get one going now!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Good on you, Sam! I love family traditions. Call me sentimental πŸ™‚

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  4. Zanni Louise
    September 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm (3 years ago)

    That’s adorable Renee! And nice you get to spend some time writing. Thanks for linking up! I forgot to mention next week’s theme is Beginnings x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Awesome. Thanks Zanni. Glad Sunshine Sundays is back x

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  5. Bele @ BlahBlah
    September 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Ooh, this post is so exciting. We just took our four year old climbing for the first time a fortnight ago and he’s been climbing the walls of our home ever since and dying to get back on the rock wall. I think we might have to copy your family tradition, because I’d love a bit of quiet time on a Sunday too x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s a win-win for everyone πŸ™‚ x

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  6. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    September 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm (3 years ago)

    That’s so fabulous Renee, everybody wins!
    John and Bell both love cooking, so that’s their weekly thing while I get the groceries. I always come home to a messy kitchen, some yummy treats and two proud faces.
    I love that they have some time together to hang out. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww that’s awesome, Lisa. What a lovely thing for them to bond over xx

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  7. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    September 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm (3 years ago)

    How wonderful for all of you!
    Sunday mornings are very ritualistic in our house too. Hubby bakes scones and cooks up some pancakes for our family breakfast, and then he heads off with the girls to the local market for an hour or two while I get some much needed me time. I usually go for a run or take the dogs for a walk, do some writing or read a book. Then we are all together by lunch time again. Sunday is my favourite day of the week by far!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm (3 years ago)

      It sounds like an excellent day of the week. So relaxed and full of happiness. You guys have it all worked out πŸ™‚

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  8. Bec @ The Plumbette
    September 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Dave is a good man. Your girls will treasure those memories forever. My dad used to take my brother and I to his flying field to fly remote controlled planes on a Saturday morning and then we would stop on the way home at the bakery to pick up jam and cream buns.

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  9. Emma Fahy Davis
    September 11, 2014 at 9:25 pm (3 years ago)

    What a lovely little ritual! Willie gets our girls up on a Sunday morning so I can sleep in a little, they love the way he makes weetbix better than the way I make them!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. That is cute, Emma πŸ™‚

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  10. EssentiallyJess
    September 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh that is beautiful! Such a great thing for them to all do together. So many wonderful memories being made.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Jess πŸ™‚

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