02/16/2010 10:05 AM
02/16/2010 10:05 AM
Annual Daddy Daughter Dance
by William Jackson and Cheryl Williams
“A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments
of the present, and the hope and promise of the future”. Unknown
The highly successful program Girls Inc .is hosting a gala event, the
Daddy Daughter Dance on February 20, 2010. Experiencing this first
hand in 2009 and looking forward to this year this provides an opportunity
to have an unforgettable time for dads and daughters. Because of the daily
parental responsibilities, economic conditions and changes in social
acceptance to diverse relationships these demand even more for dads to
have more time with their daughters. African American dads should use
this opportunity to create a new tradition use of spending time
with their daughters.
Traditionally daughters spend time with their mothers, but in these
untraditional and challenging times more African American dads and dads
of other cultures need to step up and be involved. A dad’s involvement in
a daughter’s life is critical to her success from preschool through college and
the stability of her relationships with boys and men, dads can reinforce that
learning can take place not just in the classroom, but at home. Dads that
embrace the role or accept the honorable duty to be a parent of a young lady
understand the importance of a trusting and loving connection that is diametrically
different with sons.
When dads connect with their daughters, both benefit for life in society and
family relationships. When she knows dad cares and is concerned about their
well being there is a magic in the relationship with dads and daughters. Football
season is officially over, dads are encouraged to pocket that football time and
apply it to something tangible and more lasting, spend time with daughters.
Educating and empowering dads that on the 20th of February to escort their
daughter or those that they are responsible for to an evening filled with laughter,
excitement and lasting memories. Don’t limit this to just this dance, but take
time for Valentine’s Day to show your feelings to your daughters.
Attendance at this event will make a significant and powerful impression on
your daughter(s) by taking time to dine, dance and display gentlemanly mannerisms
that set high standards for those that intend to court our young ladies in the future.
If we expect our daughters to set high standards and have high expectations to be
treated with respect and dignity dads have to display these actions. Being a parent
especially a dad is not a easy job, it entails patience, sacrifice, giving time and an
understanding that the efforts put forth now to raise responsible and productive
adult women are well worth the effort. It is not just a mother’s responsibility to
raise daughter’s, but a dad’s responsibility to help raise intelligent, strong willed,
high achieving and high self esteemed young women. These young women need
to be taught and modeled skills that traditionally young men are taught.
Girls Inc. helps young ladies of all ages develop into educated and empowered
women, as their mission statement states; inspiring all girls to be strong, smart
and bold. Girls learn about the importance of critical thinking skills, teamwork,
and leadership, encouraged to grow beyond their current abilities by embracing
their talents and following their dreams. The vision of Girls Inc. is: we envision
a community where each girl can reach her greatest potential.
There is more of a connection than dads think there is between them and their
daughters. A dad’s influence in their daughter’s lives is immeasurable.
The Daddy Daughter Dance can be the beginning or a continuation of a lifelong
and fulfilling relationship for Dads and Daughters.
Saturday, February 20th 2010
Hyatt Regency Riverfront
Dad or significant adult male
Register at www.daddydaughterdancegij.com/
This event proceeds benefit Girls Inc. of Jacksonville, a nonprofit organization
that inspires all girls to be Strong, Smart & Bold. www.girlsincjax.org