My Prince Daddy…

Most nights I have the opportunity and privilege to put my 3 oldest children to bed. Rachel and I share the duties of getting their clothes changed, teeth brushed, and potty trips taken. Then she takes the baby, Adriah, to the nursery/guest room and starts the routine of feeding her and putting her to bed. This gives me the responsibility, and sometimes chore, of putting the others to bed by myself.

The normal process at this point is to read a few books in our bedroom, and then send Christian to his room to wait while I put the twins to bed in their room. It is during this time almost every night that I’m reminded of the simple joys that go along with being a father of girls.

You see….all little girls are princesses. I can’t remember if I ever saw the movie A Little Princess, but I love this quote from it.:

Miss Minchin: Don’t tell me you still fancy yourself a princess? Child, look around you! Or better yet, look in the mirror.

Sara Crewe: I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses. All of us. Didn’t your father ever tell you that? Didn’t he?

After going to their bedroom, sitting in the blue rocking chair with a girl on each knee, and turning out the lights, we sing a few songs together as the glow of the nightlight covers us. These songs MUST always include You are my Sunshine, Jesus Loves me, The B-I-B-L-E, Running Over, and somehow Silent Night has worked its way in there.  Then they each get into their matching little farmhouse toddler beds my dad and I made for them and the litany of kisses and “one more kiss” pleas ensues. I pray with them, turn on their music, and then say my now customary “Goodnight my princesses!”

My Princesses

My Princesses

As only little girls can, they now reply back “Goodnight my prince daddy!” Every night I can’t help but smile. No matter how much they haven’t listened that day, the smile still comes.

At this point in their lives I am their daddy, their prince. As fathers, may we always be princes to our daughters and may we always treat them like princesses……because all girls are princesses inside, sometimes it just takes a princely father to help them see it.


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  3. Silent Night has been the song I’ve sung to the princesses every night since they were babies. It’s no surprise they want you to sing it too! 🙂

    • simon.henry on March 12, 2013 at 11:53 am said:

      This will be noted in further posts. 🙂 Sorry for not recognizing your longstanding tradition of singing Silent Night to our princesses. 🙂

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