Perhaps the greatest gift a father can give his daughter, outside of leading her to salvation, is to imprint the image of a Godly man on her heart. One day we will be walking our daughter down the aisle, and the choice she made for a husband will likely hinge more on OUR actions than hers.
For nearly 20 years, we will have the greatest influence on our daughter's understanding of how a man should treat his wife in a manner consistent with God's plan.
How else will our daughter know the type of love she deserves from her future husband if we do not demonstrate the self-sacrificial love that we have been called to show our own wives? (Ephesians 5:25)
Where will our daughter see a husband who honors his wife and lives to understand her needs according to God's will if it's not being modeled in her own home? (1 Peter 3:7)
If we simply begin to give advice once she starts dating, we are too late. We have missed the opportunity to inscribe on her heart all the qualities we desire to see in her future husband. From the time she is born we must instill a hunger in her to search for a man after God's own heart.