Tell her she's beautiful.

Never miss her birthday.

Teach her how to eat sunflower seeds.

These are a few of the 50 pieces of advice blogger Michael Mitchell has for dads of daughters.

His suggestions have been "liked," tweeted, pinned and emailed by thousands of people.

Read through his rules here, and find more from Mitchell on his blog, Life to Her Years.

Editor's note: This content has been posted here with the author's permission.

Love her mom

Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.

Always be there

Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she add years to her … add life to her years.

Save the day

She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.

Savor every moment you have together

Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.

Pray for her

Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball

Make her proud to throw like a girl … a girl with a wicked slider.

She will fight with her mother

Choose sides wisely.

Buy her jewelry

Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.

Play with her

Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.

Be involved in her daily routines

Enjoy the wonder of bath time.

There will come a day when she asks for a puppy

Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

It’s never too early to start teaching her about money

She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.

Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday

In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.

Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking

She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.

Dance with her

Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait till her wedding day.

Take her fishing

She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.

Learn to say no

She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

Tell her she’s beautiful

Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

Teach her to change a flat

A tire without air need not be a major panic-inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.

Take her camping

Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.

Let her hold the wheel

She will always remember when daddy let her drive.

She’s as smart as any boy

Make sure she knows that.

Give her kisses

When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.

Teach her how to eat sunflower seeds

Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.

Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic

Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

It is in her nature to make music

It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.

If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often

She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.

Don’t be late

She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.

Never miss her birthday

In 10 years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.

If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too

Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.

Teach her to roller skate

Watch her confidence soar.

Let her roll around in the grass

It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.

Take her swimsuit shopping

Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.

She will ask to marry you

Somewhere between the time she turns 3 and her 6th birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.

Comfort her

She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.

Hold her hand

Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.

Introduce her to the swings at your local park

She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.

Push her, when she's ready

When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead … give it all you’ve got.

Make her giggle

Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.

She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday

Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one, though.

Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas

Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.

Let her come home

Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.

Enjoy her caterpillar years

Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.

Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday

Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.

Learn to trust her

Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

Trust your instincts

When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.

Read her moods

When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins

Know her favorite flavor.

Let her fall in love

This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.

Don't blink

Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.