I can vaguely recall a time when my girls were crazy about me. They wanted
to be by my side constantly; their eyes would grow wide each time they saw me. But
then one day I stopped nursing and apparently lost some of my sparkle.
husband, however, the consistent one that he is, just kept right on being awesome. Despite the girls growing
older when it comes to airplane rides and tickle fests and pancakes (yes, he flips
them both, ages 2 and 10, like pancakes) it's as though he's never missed a
It would seem my daughters have never missed a beat either, not when
it comes to checking me on all things related to their dear dad. At times it
can be slightly annoying, but most of the time I find myself thankful. My
parents divorced when I was small, which meant my days weren't filled with my
dad in the way it is for my girls. And as a former single, I saw my husband fill
a void in only a way a daddy can. But that doesn't mean I don't grin during
those moments when I hear my tween say "I want mommy to take me" or my toddler
asking "where's mommy?" when she wakes up in the morning.
They love me but there's no denying the fact that they're both daddy's girls. Here are 23 signs that prove I've got daddy's girls on my hands:
1. They give you side-eye but cheerfully smile at him
I get it, they see you
all the time, so you're kind of old news. But not dad, plus he sometimes
brings home treats from work. Corporate America has its perks.
2. They hijack your phone whenever he calls, which means you'll have to settle
for texting him whatever you didn't get a chance to say
It's totally OK though. Texting a list of demands, or requests, leaves less room for error than
giving them verbatim.
3. You meet daddy for a late afternoon appointment for the
kids, which means separate cars
It also means you'll be driving home alone
(but hey you're not complaining).
4. You are repeatedly given the cold shoulder when it comes to drop off
"I want daddy to take me."
5. You are constantly wiping toddler tears because someone went to work and
didn't wake the little up to say goodbye
6. You made macaroni for lunch and all your tween talks about is the dish she
and daddy made up called macaroni toni (macaroni + pepperoni)
said dish and also, that it was gross. Tween recalls that it was the best
macaroni ever, aka better than yours.
7. Those darling daughters of yours call you out for being grumpy when talking to their daddy, who also happens
to be your husband.
"Be nice to
8. If he's sitting on the couch, chances are one is in his lap and the other is resting her head on his shoulder
And then there's you, sitting solo on the other end of the sofa.
9. They always think of him
You went to the store for one thing, but you're
leaving with two because they wanted to get something for their daddy.
10. You're the honorary party pooper in the house, but dad? He's the life of the
Cookies for breakfast, a movie on a weeknight—come on, mom—live a little.
11. They sit perfectly still for him to brush their hair or teeth
AND they eat all
their veggies and seldom talk back to him. Yet you are reduced to making empty threats