Before we became parents, my husband and I talked a lot about the role he as a father would play to our children. We know the importance of a father and a mother in our children’s lives, but know the role of a father is of utmost importance to both, especially a daughter. Now if I can get serious on you for a moment.
Did you know that children with fathers who are involved are:
- 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school
- 70% less likely to drop out of school
- More likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities
Did you also know?
- 43% of US children live without their father
- 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
- 71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father
Unacceptable statistics. There is no denying a father’s role in the home is important and very much needed. But I would like to focus on the Father / Daughter relationship.
My little girl loves her Daddy and with good reason. He is a great dad, an involved dad and to be quite honest, the fun parent. We know this relationship will shape so much of her emotional stability, her self-confidence and how she views men. I recently purchased a book for him, which is a must read for all Dads. Mom, if you are reading this, go buy it for Dad! The book is called Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker, MD. I happened to buy the 30-day challenge, so he would be hands-on daily with her instead of just reading a book by himself for the next 30 days. It’s been a huge blessing.
A father’s relationship with his daughter will shape how she views men, how she relates to men and even haw an impact on her relationship with God. We as a family make sure they have Daddy / Daughter dates and she loves them. She can’t wait to get dressed up and have one-on-one time with her Daddy. These little dates mean the world to her and I see the relationship growing and growing each time. She knows her Daddy loves her and values her.
I get all warm and fuzzy when she wants to share everything with Daddy. From wanting to tell him that she fell down and scraped her knee when he was at work, to showing him the dress she is wearing and her “Frozen” hair (the Elsa braid).
I feel so strongly about this relationship, that I’m personally hosting a giveaway to one lucky reader. I’m giving away a Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters 30-day challenge book by Meg Meeker, MD and two coupons for FREE Rita’s Italian Ice in Mission Viejo. This will give one lucky father a chance to have a Daddy / Daughter date with his princess. But if you don’t win, please take your daughter out for a date anyway, even if it’s just the park.
To enter, leave a comment telling me about your little girl and her Daddy. I’ll pick a winner at random.org on Monday, March 24th at 5pm.
CONGRATULATIONS TO KARA NOEL, THE PRIZE WINNER!