These days there are much more single moms than in the past, and it seems like it is generally believed that a woman is capable of raising a child, particularly a daughter, on her own. But, studies done in the recent years show that this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not only do girls benefit a lot from having their father with them, but having a father around is critical for their emotional development.
WHY DADS MATTER EMOTIONALLY
A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology has found that daughters who have great relationships with their fathers are at lower risk of developing depression and anxiety and are better at handing stress. 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, sexuality, 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.
WHY DADS MATTER PRACTICALLY
Not only do dads have a tremendous impact emotionally, they also have a huge impact on the financial and physical health of their daughters. A study done by Rutgers has shown that girls that have a father who is involved all the time from the very beginning are more likely to have enough to eat. They are physically healthier compared to those who have absent or uninvolved fathers, too.
Fathers also help provide financial stability, which combined with emotional and physical health allows them to be more successful and more financially stable.
INVOLVED FROM THE BEGINNING
Fathers who are involved from the very beginning and whose bond is stronger are able to 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.
These days, there are more opportunities for men to be involved from the very beginning. They can feed their girls using formula, rock them to sleep, change their diapers and many more, which allows them to build a special bond from the start.
INFLUENCE OF MEDIA
Despite the greater opportunities for early involvement, there are negative effects from the media that men find hard to overcome. For instance, fathers are portrayed as idiots who are completely unaware of women and their needs. But, it is important for men to look at these poor portrayals as something insignificant and recognize them as stereotypes which shouldn’t be followed.
ROLE OF MOMS
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.