I'm learning all kinds of new things now that I'm the mom of a four-year-old girl. For instance, things seem to happen all at once when your kid turns four. Two weeks ago my child couldn't read - today she can. Now, she can only read words that really appeal to her: candy, toys, and Paw Patrol; but it's still reading. READING. And, even though she's old enough to have advanced language skills, she still does really weird and stupid things - like lick public sinks. GAG. GAG. GAG.

I have also learned about a new trend that is sweeping the tri-state and perhaps the nation. And, maybe it's not terribly new but all I have to compare this to is my own childhood and in Masonville, KY, we didn't have one of these.

I'm talking about the rise in Daddy-Daughter dances. This past Friday night, my daughter and her dad went to the Crossroads Christian Church daddy-daughter dance. My husband said they had a DJ, a chocolate fountain, professional photo area, food, and all the girls were having a great time soaking up time with their dads. My daughter loved getting dressed up like a princess and having her hair "professionally done." Okay, I did it but I made it look just like Belle's hair and it was super cute! And, she really enjoyed time with her dad. Studies have shown that daughters who have a strong relationship with their dads do better in life.

As you might guess, daughters whose fathers have been actively engaged throughout childhood in promoting their academic or athletic achievements and encouraging their self-reliance and assertiveness are more likely to graduate from college and to enter the higher paying, more demanding jobs traditionally held by males. This helps explain why girls who have no brothers are overly represented among the world’s political leaders: they tend to receive more encouragement from their fathers to be high achievers. Even college and professional female athletes often credit their fathers for helping them to become tenacious, self-disciplined, ambitious, and successful. -family-studies.org

And, Mama enjoyed a night to herself. :D

I noticed that the elementary schools in Owensboro are hosting these as well because all my Kentucky friends have been posting pics of their daddies and daughters. How fun! And, for girls who have a daddy that can't make the dance, brothers, uncles and family friends are stepping up to provide a nice night out as well.

Here's an upcoming public daddy-daughter dance that you can register to attend. But, be warned - they sell out fast!

Father-Daughter Dance by Zeta Gamma Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority

Do you have an upcoming Daddy-Daughter Dance that is open to the public? Add it to our event calendar here! It's also a great fundraising opportunity for your non-profit!