In today’s society where there are significantly more single moms than in the past, there is a tendency to believe that a woman can raise a child – especially a daughter – on her own. However, recent studies indicate that this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Girls not only benefit from having their dad around, but they also need their father to develop emotionally properly.
1. Why are fathers important to the emotional development of a daughter?
A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology has found that daughters who have great relationships with their fathers are at lower risk of developing depression and anxiety and are better at handing stress. In addition, they are more comfortable talking about their emotions and this allows them to be prepared for fulfilling relationships later on.
Thinks like relationships, sexuality, values, and self-image are additional things that fathers shape for their daughters. When a dad forms a healthy relationship with his daughter, he basically helps her create a positive self-image and boosts her self-confidence.
2. What are the practical significances of a father’s presence in his daughter’s life?
Aside from the emotional factors, dads can also play very significant roles on a practical level. When it comes to matters of physically healthy and financial stability, fathers are very important. Studies have already indicated that women who have father figures who are more involved in their lives tend to grow up to be more financially stable and physically healthy. Of course, this was a study done to contrast the lives of daughters who had absentee fathers as well.
A lot of the time, the dad is the one who is perceived to be the symbol of financial strength in a family. If you combine that with having strong emotional and physical health, it’s likely that a daughter is going to be very financially comfortable and successful in the future.
3. Why do dads need to be very involved right from the start?
Fathers who are involved from the very beginning and whose bond is stronger are able to reap and provide all the benefits mentioned above. Earlier involvement is relatively new concepts, given that about seven decades ago fathers couldn’t even be present in the room when their daughters were born.
These days, there are more opportunities for men to be involved from the very beginning. They can feed their girls using formula, rock them to sleep, change their diapers and many more, which allows them to build a special bond from the start.
4. What role does media play in all of this?
Even though fathers can really get involved now from the start, the media seems to want to hold on to that old-fashioned image and goes against everything we’re saying. This negative media influence is getting harder to overcome and how can fathers do it when we’re bombarded with commercials that picture dads as idiots who don’t have a clue about what their baby needs or wants. These poor portrayals as stereotypes which shouldn’t be followed and should be dismissed as such, failed attempts at comedy and satire.
5. Moms are important as well.
While having a dad around is of utmost importance, this s not to diminish the role of mothers. Mothers provide valuable advice about what it means to be a successful woman and are the ones that provide their daughters with information on puberty, menstruation, and so on.
Sources: seizepositivity.com, peacequarters.com, ifstudies.org, relrules.com