Life Lessons

By Wes McKinzie (98)

“Savor every moment you have together. Today, she might be 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.” 

There’s plenty to savor in the new book by OC director of admissions Michael Mitchell (04): “Life Lessons for Dad: Tea Parties, Tutus and All Things Pink.” 

The book draws from his popular Life to Her Years blog ( and features endearing photographs with plainspoken parenting truths and words of advice. 

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Life Lessons for Dad: Tea Parties, Tutus and All Things Pink by Michael Mitchell

Michael started his blog in 2011 to capture the many thoughts he had as “the doting father” of Isabella, who was born in 2010 to he and his wife, Annaleise (Hartman 04) Mitchell. 

He packaged his favorite posts into an article called “50 Rules for Dads of Daughters” and started shopping it around. 

It got posted on the “From Dates to Diapers” blog and became a viral sensation, helping Michael’s blog attract more than 2 million people (and counting). 

In August 2012, Michael got a call from the Broadman & Holman publishing company. A few weeks later, he’d signed a book deal. 

“Life Lessons for Dad” is now available on and through other booksellers. 

“The coolest part about this whole experience is that I’m constantly hearing from people: dads with daughters who tell me they’re better dads because they read my blog; daughters who email to tell me that I’m basically blogging about their awesome dads,” Michael said. “I can’t believe God blessed me with this platform. It’s turned into this amazing opportunity to encourage thousands of fathers to be the best dads they can be for their families.” 

Summer 2014

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