My dad and I have always shared a very special bond, from taking me to my dance classes, to video taping my countless spice girl performances – my dad has always been and always will be my number one fan.
Though I know many girls who too have very special bonds with their fathers, we always hear about the importance of a male role model in a boy’s life. What’s often missing from the conversation is the importance of one in a daughter’s life as well. A girl’s father is one of the most influential people in her life, and he holds a large impact on his little girl’s development into a strong, confident woman. Why? I’ve outlined the reasons below.
1. He Impacts Her Self-Esteem
The encouragement and involvement from a father is extremely impactful for a daughter. A father’s words and time spent with his daughter will help lower her insecurities and increase the confidence she holds in her own abilities.
2. He Impacts Her Social Skills
Daughters with involved fathers generally have better social skills than those with no father figure because an actively involved father will give his daughter a better sense of community.
3. He Impacts Her Relationships
The way a father treats his daughter will have a direct impact on her personal relationships. For example, as infants, we take in a complete sensory experience of our everyday surroundings and this shapes our perception of normalcy. So a daughter’s early relationship with dad, who is usually the first male object of her love, shapes her conscious and unconscious perceptions of what she can expect and what is acceptable in her relationships with others.
4. He Impacts Her Behavioural & Obedience Skills
A dad who spends time playing games with his daughter will have a direct impact on her behavior. Why? Because kids learn a lot through play, and apply rules learned during play to life.
5. He Impacts Her Health
Daughters who are nurtured by their fathers are more likely to have better overall health because they are generally happier people. A happy mind helps to better manage stress, which leads to a healthier overall lifestyle, as stress is a primary cause of illness.
Fathers bring positive benefits to their daughters that no other person is as likely to bring. They have a parenting style different from that of mother and that difference is important in healthy child development.
I’m so very blessed that my daughter has such an amazing father to help her fully develop her life into one that is filled with love, support and happiness. The bond they share (already) is truly beautiful and I cannot wait to see it grow as the year’s progress.
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