An Open Letter to Fathers of Daughters for An Event that Happened Already

letterAn open letter I wrote to my good friend Rick Johnson for his Better Dads Father/Daughter Conference. I had attended the year before. This was leading up to this year’s event which happened in September. Not sure why I am posting this, but.. I felt for the sake of journaling life, why not?


When I attended the father/daughter conference in the fall of 2013, I needed help. On the heels of several years of what felt like non-stop challenges facing my family, my relationship with my daughter had suffered greatly. To be honest, I had no clue to what extent it had suffered. But it did.

So when my wife approached me about attending this event, I was more than ready and quite frankly desperate for an opportunity to not only spend more intentional time with my daughter, but time spent in really getting to know my daughter.

Boy, I am sure glad I did. I thought I knew my daughter, but there was so much more to learn. And since then, as I have tried to apply all that I learned from that conference, my relationship with my daughter has blossomed into something so much more far reaching than I could have ever imagined.

My daughter and I are both excited to attend this year’s event. Building off of what we both learned about each other last year, we can’t wait to see how far our relationship grows this next year.

No matter what state your relationship is in with your daughter or even how old your daughter is, it is NEVER too late to spend time together working on it. Thanks to Rick and Better Dads, it has provided me with the tools and inspiration to keep working on it.

As a brother and fellow dad, I want to not only just invite you to attend this upcoming conference, I urge you too, as well. For me, not only did my daughter thank me for it… guess what? My wife did too.

Please join us.

Gunnar Simonsen, Husband and Dad


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