One of our favorite contributors, Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker, has a thoughtful piece on what dads can do to help strengthen their ties and relationship with their young daughters. So many people focus on the father-son bond, yet the father-daughter bond is equally as important in parenting.
Growing up, our children learn from us by not only what we say and tell them to do, but also by our actions. “When that learning is positive and helpful for negotiating the world, a daughter will grow up to be at ease in her own skin and in her sexuality,” notes Dr. Marie. “When it is conflicted or creates expectations that are demeaning or less than useful for cooperating with others, her relationship with herself, with other women, and with men will be troubled.”
Dads, take note. And take the tips offered in the article to heart, to help you not only raise a great daughter, but improve your relationship with your young daughter this Father’s Day — and every day after that.
Read the full article: Daughters Need Fathers, Too
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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 15 Jun 2012
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Grohol, J. (2012). Father’s Day: Daughters Need Their Dads As Well. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 8, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/06/15/fathers-day-daughters-need-their-dads-as-well/