She feels awkward with boys so she starts to get awkward with you. But I have known dozens of grandfathers, uncles, neighbors and youth directors over the years God has sent to fill those gaps.
As she becomes a teenager, she gets a little more awkward with you. She longs for you to know her, even though, as a teenager, she often won't say the words.
I honestly believe that somewhere in adolescence it finally occurs to her that you're a boy. I know plenty of girls who do not have a dad who can step into these places in their lives.
She needs to know that you respect her feelings and her voice ...
as you will want all of the other boys and men who follow you to do.
Dad-daughter dates are an opportunity to spend quality time and show the real-life expectation of a spouse for your daughter.