The Dance Between Fathers and Daughters


There is a delicate and precious dance between a father and his daughter...

father daughter dance



“Daddy will dance with me?”

As a father of an almost 3 year old, I have become accustomed to this daily query. It warms my heart to dance cheek-to-cheek and twirl my darling princess. These are the moments when time seems to stand still and music transmits infinite joy between kindred souls.

Fathers must be intentional when cultivating a healthy bond with their daughters. Validation, transparency, and vulnerability are key ingredients to help this relationship flourish. We must serve as role models throughout their journey of life. May we always remember that life is an unpredictable, and a lively dance requires trust between 2 partners.

I pray that this poem inspires reflection for all of the fathers and daughters across the globe.

Daddy-Daughter Waltz

Young caramel countenance

replete with joy

hands of wonder

extend with trust

music a language of love

a speechless connection

Daddy’s princess

regal and elegant cheeks

a symbol of grace

magnetic for parental wisdom

and embrace

Four impassioned feet

a harmonious dance

savoring bright

transitions through the waltzes of life

Ageless mutual adoration


a covalent bond

petite dancer ascends

heaven’s stage smiles

a storybook ending

Dr Clark is an outpatient psychiatrist at Prisma Health-Upstate and clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. He served on the American Psychiatric Association’s Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry, and he currently serves as the Diversity and Inclusion section editor and advisory board member for Psychiatric TimesTM.

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