Bonding is about sharing love and tears. Little girls gain their first reflection of themselves as a female from their father. To know more about father-daughter relationship, read on as this article discusses about the roles of a father in the life of his daughter.
When it comes to raising girls, moms often get most of the pressure and the credit. Whether regarding menstrual issues, boy problems, or makeup tips, mom is usually the first person girls turn to. This side-lining of dads is prevalent in pop culture as well — many popular TV shows often portray dads as bumbling buffoons when it comes to “girl stuff.” All of this can leave dads feeling marginalized or helpless and, even worse, can prevent girls from getting all the benefits of a tight bond with their father. Dads aren’t moms, this is true, and that is exactly why daughters need them.
A lot has changed for dads over the past few generations, says Gary Brown, Ph.D., a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles. “Seventy-five years ago, fathers weren’t even allowed in the delivery room; now, dads are there from the very beginning,” he says. “Fathers today are much more informed and involved with their children, taking an active part in the nurturing of their children, from feeding — whether expressed breast milk or formula — to changing diapers, soothing, clothing, bathing, reading to, and helping their baby go to sleep.”
This parenting paradigm shift has led to significant benefits for both dads and daughters, he says. By being an integral part of these early years, dads have the opportunity to form a significant bond with their infant daughters, creating a healthy inter-dependency and helping their daughters recognize them as a consistent source of nurturing, safety, protection, respect, and love. This provides a secure base from which a girl learns to explore the world and interact with others.