You've probably heard that having a strong male influence is important in a young boy's life, but it's equally important for daughters to have one as well. A positive father-daughter relationship can have a huge impact on a young girl's life and even determine whether or not she develops into a strong, confident woman.A father's influence in his daughter's life shapes her self-esteem, self-image, confidence and opinion of men.How Dad approaches life will serve as an example for his daughter to build off of in her own life,even if she chooses a different view of the world .
We now live in a culture where Dad is an equal partner in care giving. From day one,dads are encouraged to be hands-on, changing diapers, giving baths,putting Baby to sleep and calming her cries. That presence and effort is the beginning of a very important relationship.Dads need to spend time with their infant daughter, taking care of her physical needs and supporting her Mom," he explains. And once the little lady starts toddling around, "[i]t's essential that Dad gets down on the floor on her level and plays with her,As a girl continues to grow and her teen years become fraught with complicated issues, dads should continue to work on building a trusting relationship, give affection and support her as she learns more about who she is and what kind of person she wants to become, Austin says.
It's imperative that,no matter what,dads avoid the temptation to pull away or withdraw during this sometimes challenging stage of growing up. A dad's involvement in his daughter's life is a crucial ingredient in the development of a young woman's self-esteem. Austin identifies positive elements of "common sense" parenting for dads so they can help support their daughter's self-image and curb any possibility of low self-esteem: Verbal encouragement, being consistently present in her life,being alert and sensitive to her feelings, taking time to listen to her thoughts and taking an active interest in her hobbies.