Growing up, I had a great relationship with both my parents. They both taught me so much and influenced my life for the better. My mom taught me right from wrong and was always quick to give advice and speak truth into my life, while my dad taught me more through his actions – how he treated my mom and my sister and me with respect, how he showed up for important events, and how he made me feel safe and protected. I can’t express enough the impact this had on my life and how it gave me perspective on how I see life, how I treat others (and expect to be treated), and even how I see myself.
5 Reasons Father-Daughter Relationships Are Important:
- Dad’s influence their daughter’s self-image.
First and foremost, dads should always tell their daughters how beautiful they are and help their daughter develop a good self-image, while also reminding them that inner-beauty is more important than outward beauty. However, it’s also important that dads are careful about what they say about other women in front of their daughters.
- When dads encourage their daughters to dream big they empower them for the future.
When I was growing up my dad told me that I could do anything that I set my mind to doing, and I believed him; and it empowered me to pursue my dreams. Dads can’t underestimate the influence they can have on their daughter’s life by encouraging them to dream big dreams for themselves.
- Dads set the bar for future dates.
When it comes to dating, dads set the standard for how dates should treat their daughters. Dads can set the bar high by taking their daughters on dates when they are little girls and pre-teens. When a dad opens the doors for his daughter, engages her in good conversation, and treats her with respect, then she will naturally expect that from anyone who wants to date her.
- A Dad who is involved in his daughter’s life teaches her that she matters.
One of the most important things a father can do for his daughter is just show up. Dads are notorious for wanting to fix all their daughters’ problems, but more important than fixing problems, is just being there and offering a listening ear, giving a hug, and promising to love her no matter what. Simply, showing up at big life events, whether that’s ballet or a basketball game, is important too. Whatever it is, be there, and show her that she matters.
- A daughter who has a protective father feels safe.
Daughters may roll their eyes when their dad acts overprotective, but she will appreciate knowing that you have her back no matter what. She’ll know that she can call you at any hour of the day, and you’ll be there when she needs you. That’s just what dads do.