My daughter Annie is getting married on Saturday, Dec. 18. I have anticipated this day since she was young and looked toward it during the past few months of planning. Now the moment of walking her down the aisle, and watching with love and pride as she starts another chapter of life with her new husband, is nearly here.
The bond between a father and daughter can be a strong and special one. I’ve experienced that with my own daughters, Annie and Abbie. Research has found that having a loving father significantly impacts a daughter’s well-being. Here are 10 reasons dadsconnect better with daughters (adapted from babygaga.com):
• A dad is the first man in a daughter’s life
• Dads are protectors
• Daughters are affectionate
• Dads care about their daughters’ emotions
• Daughters are compassionate
• Opposites attract
• Daughters can be more obedient
• The older daughters become, the closer they often get to their dads
• Family dynamics influence daughters
• A daughter will always be daddy’s little girl
And here are some events, or landmarks, that every dad should be aware of. They let you know that the young man your daughter has brought home is in your world for the long term, you are being pushed out of the driver’s seat and you are now simply a passenger on the bus:
• His name now becomes part of the general conversation with her.
• He starts to show up at events that you planned with her.
• You start noticing he is just hanging around with family.
• She starts comparing you to him and noticing how much you are like each other.
• You pay for expenses that he’s part of.
• She goes directly to him when he enters the room or an event.
• Her style of dressing goes from what you expect to what he expects.
• She doesn’t answer the phone late at night or will call you right back.
• She wants to visit his family and spend holidays at his house.
• He wants to ask you something concerning your daughter.
Well, I have to go now, because I’m paying for a wedding and welcoming a young man into our family who reminds me so much of myself at age 28. I am blessed.
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