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 show 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 found that daughters who have good relationships with their father are less likely to develop depression and anxiety and manage stress better. 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, s-e.xuality, 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, fathers can also play a very important role on a practice level. When it comes to physical health and financial stability, fathers are very important. Studies have already shown that women who have father figures 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 father is the one perceived as a symbol of the 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 have been involved from the very beginning and whose bond is stronger can 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.
Nowadays, there are more opportunities for men to be involved from the very beginning. They can feed their daughters 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?
Although 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 are 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