Fathers, like mothers, are pillars in the development of a child’s emotional well-being. Children look to their fathers to lay down the rules and enforce them. They also look to their fathers to provide a feeling of security, both physical and emotional. Studies have shown that when fathers are affectionate and supportive, it greatly affects a child’s cognitive and social development. It also instils an overall sense of well-being and self-confidence.
Studies have shown that young girls depend on their fathers for security and emotional support. A father shows his daughter what a good relationship with a man is like.
Did you know: When fathers connect with their daughters, the impact can be significant. In fact, research suggests that daughters who have secure and loving relationships with their fathers:
Are more assertive without being aggressive
Are more likely to be admitted to graduate school and get a degree
Feel better about themselves
Feel more confident in relationships with men in general
Have better grades in school
Studies have shown that if a father is loving and gentle, his daughter will look for those qualities in a man when she’s old enough to begin dating. If her father is strong and valiant, she will relate closely to men of the same character.
How can you help? What can you do?
If you are a father, first make your relationship with your own children a priority! Find creative ways to spend time together, even the simple, everyday moments mean so much! Just being present and available in the day-to-day speaks volumes.
For those fathers trying to get access to their kids, we are in solidarity with you and encourage you to never give up. We encourage mediation where possible and for those restricting access to kids we encourage you to reconsider, co-parenting whilst separated is possible and paramount.