It is curious that when we talk about “parenting” we always imagine a male or couple role. Although we also often hear about the unbreakable bond between a mother and child, we rarely talk about other fundamental relationships in the home — such as the father-daughter relationship, for example.
The role fathers play in raising daughters has often been reduced to one of protection, boundary-setting, or even, in the most Hollywood of senses, jealousy.
But there is much more to a father-daughter relationship than clichés.
Here are some ideas for working on that all-important bond and nurturing a healthy relationship with your daughter.
Always find the time
Yes, life is a constant hustle and bustle, but quality time with your daughter is invaluable. Enjoy sharing her interests, learn to play with her from a young age, and break down gender myths. Nothing is more normal than a dad learning to play make-up or cooking with his daughter.
Learn to listen
As silly and reiterative as it may seem, not all dads listen. It’s as if years of “experience” detract from what children have to say. Make your daughter feel heard, let her know that you take her opinion into account, and respect her views. This is the secret to raising a daughter full of security and confidence.
Share your interests
Your daughter will not only need to know how to change a rubber or a light bulb, but she will also want to know why you like the things you like, and understand that her father is not an outsider with no interests. Involve her in your activities, in your interests, and you’ll see how the connection and bond of trust will be unbreakable.