According to a recent study fathers influence a daughter’s life more than mothers.
‘Behind every great daughter, there’s truly an amazing dad.’—Anonymous.
Daughters have always shared a wonderful bonding with their fathers from ancient times.
In Greek mythology, no matter how Zeus was at war with his sons, his daughters, especially Athena proved to be his strongest ally.
She was just more than a beautiful goddess; she was an extremely talented woman with a strong intellectual level. In the recent years, single mothers are coming into focus with the trend to believe that only a woman can bring up a child but both man and women are required for a child’s upbringing.
Working on the bonding between a father and a daughter, psychologists from all over the globe have insisted that it’s necessary for a girl to be raised by her father properly. Father helps in developing the daughter’s personality apart from supporting her financially.
‘Some people don’t believe in heroes, but they haven’t met my dad.’
According to the research published in the Journal of Family psychology, girls who are more close to their fathers are more organized in their life and usually do not get affected by anxiety or depression. They are well adept at handling the stress of their lives.
A father becomes a hero for the girl when he treats her well and takes care of her. His independent nature makes him the role model for her as she learns to be responsible, to execute things and to take care of things on her own.
While he protects his little princess, he also shows her difficult times are part of their lives and we can all go through them with a smiling face.
Data collected from the journal reveals daughters who shared a good bonding with their fathers have healthier cholesterol levels in times of crisis compared to those who didn’t.
‘A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.’
A father plays a significant role in developing his daughter’s personality. He not only teaches her moral values but also makes her understand how it is important to build an identity.
According to a study published in Psychology Today, Dr. Jennifer Kromberg explained that parents are the ones who teach a child to express and receive love, handle disagreements and similar social behaviors.
So, when a girl is bonded with her father since her early years of life, she starts understanding how her relationship with a man will be. In fact, it has been found that women generally tend to choose men resembling their father and it is often an unconscious decision.
When a father gets involved with his daughter from the beginning, she develops a strong personality and becomes capable enough to take control of her life on her own.
Talking about the bond between a caregiver and an infant, Dr. Mary Beth Steinfeld of the UC Davis Medical Center stated that when a caregiver consistently responds to an infant’s needs, a trusting relationship and lifelong attachment develops.
A father might not be able to breastfeed his daughter but he can sing her lullaby, take her out for a walk and feed her when she is a baby. From changing diapers of their baby daughters to cheering for her at her musical or enjoying a soccer game together, fathers can be great companions for their daughters.
This engagement of fathers inspires their daughters to do break stereotypes and do things as an independent individual.
A study in the Journal of Family Psychology also reveals that girls whose fathers were involved with them from the beginning were physically healthier than the ones who suffered from their fathers’ absence. These girls received enough nutrients and had a healthy childhood.
A father is a daughter’s mentor, best friend, first love and the caregiver.
Unfortunately, in the recent years, a lot of television serials have been portraying fathers in a negative way. While we can’t deny that there are men who can ruin their daughter’s childhood, but there are men too who became role models for their daughters. However, the portrayal of just one category of men creates a negative impression on men as fathers.