6 reasons your daughter should spend time with her father

August 28, 2019
  • Father-daughter relationships
    1 / 8 Father-daughter relationships

    Studies on the relationships between parents and their children have found significant differences between the father-child relationship and the mother-child relationship, including:

    Play patterns. Mum tends to play with her child in a way that encourages her sensitivity, nurtures her and brings the two of them in close physical contact; Dad favours intellectually-challenging play and discussions.
    Attitude to independence. Both parents usually want their child to become self-reliant but around 40% of mothers worry about leaving their child when she starts school, and 75% expect her to cry in that situation. The corresponding statistics for fathers are 5% and 35% respectively.
    Response. Research shows a baby tends to smile and laugh more when she sees her dad, but tends to gaze more when she sees her mum.

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  • She has fun with him
    2 / 8 She has fun with him

    Your child needs her father (remembering, of course, that she also needs her mother) because Dad’s more likely to encourage rough-and-tumble play, whereas Mum is more likely to prefer sedate activities.

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  • She learns about relationships from him
    3 / 8 She learns about relationships from him

    The relationship a child has with her father often acts as the standard by which she judges the quality of the relationships she has with boys later on. She has another person to love her. Having a dad as well as a mum extends the number of people who love your child. She has someone else who would listen to her and to advise her.

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  • She is more obedient with him
    4 / 8 She is more obedient with him

    Most children this age are less likely to challenge rules laid down by their father than by their mother. She’s more willing to accept discipline from her father.

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  • She has a balanced upbringing
    5 / 8 She has a balanced upbringing

    Parents don’t always agree on how their child should be raised, but the combination of mum’s and dad’s views usually leads to a more balanced family life.

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  • She can broaden her range of interests
    6 / 8 She can broaden her range of interests

    When mother and father have leisure interests that are different from each other, their child can be involved in a wider variety of activities.

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  • She is the same as most of her friends
    7 / 8 She is the same as most of her friends

    Although there are divorces, a two-parent family is still the norm – she fits in with the majority of her friends.

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  • Two-way process
    8 / 8 Two-way process

    Don’t forget that relationships are two-way; your child is needed by her dad as much as she needs him. 

    It’s a lovely feeling for a father to know that he contributes to his child’s life, that he matters so much to her. 

    In addition, having a child this age keeps his feet firmly on the ground – at work, he may be powerful and influential, but at home, as far as his child is concerned, he’s just “dad”, which helps him keep life in perspective. 

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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