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Event to build connections

Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Chick-fil-A is giving Lebanon dads the chance to connect and create memories with their daughters.

Nashville-area Chick-fil-A restaurants, including Lebanon’s South Cumberland location, will hold a “Date Night” for fathers and daughters on April 13 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

“One of Chick-fil-A’s goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with,” said Emily McClendon, Chick-fil-A Restaurant marketing director. “We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughter’s company over a meal and have fun.”

The event encourages fathers and daughters to spend time together over dinner, conversation and activities.

Every father and daughter pair will receive an activity sheet with questions and topics to get the conversation started.  Each pair will also receive take-home booklet called “Continuing the Conversation,” which offers ideas for future “dates” and questions that both dads and daughters can ask each other.

Daniel Crosby, an adult and child therapist at LifeCare Family Services in Lebanon, praised the upcoming “Date Night.”

“Just from a counseling perspective, its really important for either gender, male or female, to have a unique relationship with the father and mother,” said Crosby. “Girls, at a young age, learn from their father how they should be treated by men.”

He said when fathers take their daughters on “date nights” like the one set for April 13, and bring them flowers, open car doors and other little things like that, daughters look for that when they start dating later on.

“It increases their sense of self-worth and self-esteem,” said Crosby.

While Chick-fil-A’s “date night” does not have an age restriction, Crosby said the event would be particularly valuable for daughters aged 7-12 – younger than that, and they might not reap the full benefits; older than that, and they’re likely “too cool for mom and dad.”

“When you start early on, they’re like a sponge soaking all this in,” said Crosby.

Seating for the Chick-fil-A “date night” are available every hour, and registration is required. To register, visit daddydaughterdate.com/nashville.

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