Daughter and father bonding is extremely important during the tween and teenage years and many daughters look to their father for guidance on everything and anything. A father and daughter bond is very unique and has a special and sacred place in both father’s and daughter’s hearts.
Fathers can teach their daughters to believe in themselves, to demand respect from boys and others in their lives, and that family is the most important part of life. Here are 5 things every dad should teach his daughter before she reaches adulthood.
She is Beautiful Just as She Is
Many girls grow up believing negative thoughts about themselves and their bodies due to the false images they see on social media, in fashion magazines and what they hear from boys (or girls) at school. Let’s face it, kids can be mean and they say mean things without knowing the dramatic effects.
What fathers say to their daughters is extremely important, as they are the first man they meet in their lives. If they are beautiful and smart to Dad, they feel beautiful and smart from the very start. After they have that grounding and belief, they can form their own self-confidence about their bodies, intelligence, and skills. Fathers must make an effort to teach their daughters that they are beautiful, intelligent, and capable, and that they do not have to change a thing, for anyone.
Family is Forever
When it comes down to it, family is truly what life is all about. If fathers could teach their daughters just how very important family is, they will treasure it and always respect the family unit. Many girls want to break free from the family ties, rules, and boundaries when they hit the tender age of 15 or 16, but if they grow up knowing that family will always be there through difficulties, they will have a belief that they can do anything with the support of their family.
How to Say “No” and Mean It
A father bonding with his daughter should usually include teaching their daughter how to say a strong and direct “no.” Too many young girls feel guilty for saying no when they truly mean it. A father can teach his daughter that if she’s uncomfortable with something, someone, or a situation, that she has every right to say no and have that person respect her wishes. She will develop into a more confident woman if she can say no and mean it every time.
Men Should Treat Her with Respect
A daughter looks up to her father as the first man in her life. A father who treats his daughter with gentleness, kindness, respect, and love should also teach his daughter that she should expect the same from any boys or men she meets throughout her life.
She is “Enough” and is Capable of Anything
Girls tend to feel like they have to people please to make people like them or to achieve things. If a father teaches his daughter that she is great as is; that she doesn’t have to change for anyone; and that she can do anything she puts her mind to, she will be off to the right start in life.
Daughter and father bonding is very important in the formative years of a young girls life and it has a major influence on how they deal with the world’s many roller coaster scenarios. A strong bond between father and daughter offers a young girl a strong base to grow from and the perfect opportunity to overcome anything that comes her way.