According to the National Center for Fathering, girls who have fathers who are actively and positively involved in their lives do better in school, are more likely to become confident adults and less likely to become sexually active at an early age. The Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative encourages dads to spend time with their daughters by playing the COM-MU’-NI-CA’-TION Game together.

As girls grow older, they often begin to distance themselves from their fathers. Communication can be awkward or strained. The COM-MU’-NI-CA’-TION Game was created by Gary Burns in 1995 in an effort to reconnect with his own teenage daughter.

The game is specifically designed for fathers of daughters ages 10 or older. It consists of 365 thought-provoking cards and a journal. The fill-in-the-blank cards are sorted into 26 packets, which are organized in alphabetical order. To begin, a father and daughter are instructed to go to a restaurant that begins with or contains the letter corresponding to a specific packet of cards. Each month another packet is used and another restaurant is chosen. If a father and daughter play the game once a month, they will have enough cards to cover more than two years worth of father/daughter dates.

Each game card contains a thoughtful question where the respondent, either the father or the daughter, must answer in an open-ended way. For instance, “I’ll never forget the time you _______,”. The bottom of each card says, “I say that because_____,” which allows for both participants to elaborate on their feelings, give a reason for their previous answer and continue to open up conversation. 

For more information on the COM-MU'-NI-CA'-TION Game visit www.thecommunicationgame.com.