The bond between a father and
a daughter is unique. A girl’s relationship with her father shapes her
childhood experience and determines her behavior as an adult. It’s the father
who sets an example of a “dream man” and a healthy and successful life. If a
dad doesn’t participate in his daughter’s life or his actions are erratic, it
might lead to low self-esteem and trouble with trusting men in general.
Bright Side decided to shed
some light on the importance of a supportive and understanding father in a
girl’s life and here are the results.
Involved from a young age

Culture has changed now, and
many dads finally get the opportunity to take care of their daughters from the
very beginning. From day one, fathers are encouraged to feed their daughters
using a special formula, change her diapers, give baths, put them to sleep, and
calm their cries. Such a presence forms a bond between him and his daughter
which creates a very important relationship, determining her future.

A father’s importance on an
emotional level

If a daughter has a good
relationship with her father, she has a lower risk of developing anxiety or
depression and she deals with stress better, according to research.
If a dad works on developing a
close bond with his daughter and makes it comfortable for her to talk about her
feelings, he sets her up for successful and fulfilling relationships in the

A father’s influence on a
daughter’s self-image

A dad’s involvement in his
daughter’s life is important, and creating a healthy connection with her is
crucial because this helps her to develop self-confidence and create a positive
self-image. To do this, a father must verbally encourage his daughter, be
present in her life, respect her feelings and listen to her thoughts, and take
an active interest in her hobbies. This will help her to get rid of her
insecurities and increase her confidence in her own abilities.

A father’s influence on a
daughter’s relationships

It’s the father who shows the
young girl what respect and love mean. He shows her how a man can respect other
women, especially her mother. The daughter will see and remember everything
about how her father communicates with women, whether he succeeds in showing
them respect or not.
For a little girl, an early
relationship with her dad shapes her perceptions of what she can expect and
what is acceptable in a romantic partner. Research says that matured women date
and have long-term relationships with men who mentally resemble their fathers.

A father’s practical influence

Fathers also play an important
role when we talk about the financial and physical health of their daughters.
Girls see their fathers as a symbol of financial stability and physical and
emotional well-being. If the father was involved a lot in his daughter’s
childhood, his daughter will be more likely to have better physical and
financial health which can lead her to success.

The role of mothers

Though fathers play a
significant role in their girls’ lives, mothers aren’t any less important. Moms
give their daughters an example of how to behave in their adult relationships
and how to mother their own children.
Do you agree that a father’s
role in a daughter’s life is as important as a mother’s? Do you have a good
relationship with your dad? Share with us in the comments!

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.