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Daddies' girls: Powerful evidence on why daughters need their fathers (and vice versa)


Added 06-16-19 05:13:05am EST - “It is a well-worn mantra that boys need male role models, in particular they need a father figure. The lack of a dad is often held up as the reason boys go off the rails. But as our knowledge of the role fathers play in their children's…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Daddies’ girls: Powerful evidence on why daughters need their fathers (and vice versa)”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

It is a well-worn mantra that boys need male role models, in particular they need a father figure. The lack of a dad is often held up as the reason boys go off the rails. But as our knowledge of the role fathers play in their children’s physical and emotional development grows, it is becoming increasingly clear that dads have the potential to be even greater role models for their daughters to follow.

Indeed, recent studies show that fathers appear to have a greater impact than mothers on how daughters, rather than sons, navigate some of the key events of their adolescence and early adult life; academic and career success, first romantic loves, mental health and life stress.

It’s time for us to correct the record and fully appreciate the role of men in their daughters’ lives. They don’t just step in to terrify prospective boyfriends or girlfriends or to accompany their daughter down the wedding aisle, they are with her every little step of the way.

In writing my book “The Life of Dad,” I collated all the studies from the very beginning of fatherhood research a decade ago right up to the present day, both my own and that of my colleagues, with the aim of providing as complete a picture as possible of who dad is and how he experiences parenting.

As I wrote, and re-visited the interviews I had carried out with fathers, a pattern emerged that rang true for all the dads of the world, however they achieved their fathering goals. All fathers seemed to have a role in scaffolding their child’s entry into the world beyond the family — encouraging them to jump in, explore and challenge themselves and equipping them with the life skills to help them succeed.

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