Written by Lance Green
Having a daughter is one of the greatest gifts a father could ever have. Daughters are treasured gems. They are the ones who encourage us to do better. It’s important that as fathers, we learn to nurture the existing relationships we have with our daughters. It’s a key aspect in their development, their own emotional and physical wellbeing and allows them to grow into confident individuals. Being able to communicate effectively, spending adequate bonding time with each other and taking the time to learn new things will help you understand the benefits of nurturing the relationship you have with your daughter. It’s time to put the tips below to practice and be the best version of ourselves for the girls!
Be a great role model
As humans, we aren’t perfect. We are bound to make mistakes and do things that we may not be proud of. It’s important as fathers that we learn to be great models for our daughters. They are looking up to us from the very beginning and how well we communicate with them is one of the main factors that come into play. Make time to show your awesome qualities to your daughter. Being helpful and generous with your time can show them how much they are appreciated and loved by you.
Take the time to listen
As your daughter grows older, they will face some complex issues during school and their personal life. It’s hard growing up and dealing with new problems that we aren’t prepared for. Taking the time to listen to them now will help them express their emotions in a healthy way. It also shows that they can feel comfortable sharing things that are on their mind. This will be important to have during their teenage years where they will face many challenges of identity and the pressures of doing school assignments and exams. The payoff will be large if you start being a good listener while they are still young.
Teach her new things
Whether it’s riding a bike, writing a poem or cooking your favourite dish, your daughters will appreciate learning new things from you. This is a great opportunity for you to bond over these activities and gives them a chance to learn why you enjoy them so much. It’s important for your daughter to see what your likes and dislikes are. Being able to teach them new things can help them feel encouraged to take a challenge and embrace the learning curves that come with it. It also shows your helpful nature.
Give her compliments
A great way to boost your daughter’s self-esteem is to shower her with compliments – not just for her looks, but cheering her on when she manages to learn a skill set that she should be proud of. She may have won an award at school or created a fantastic piece of art she’s extremely proud of. Compliments give her the boost she needs to feel confident in her own abilities and this will help her achieve greater things. Positivity goes a long way for our daughters and giving compliments can help nurture that father-daughter bond!
Do fun activities
Fun activities such as going to the theme park, reading your favourite chapters of Harry Potter or simply having a balloon fight – fun activities help nurture the father-daughter bond you have. It allows you to showcase your inner child and gives you a chance to be creative. It also gives you a break from the mundane things you have to do as an adult.
Nurturing father-daughter relationships is an important part of parenting. It shows that you make time for your daughter, listen and understand their needs and be there every step of the way when they are achieving a particular milestone. Recognising that you have the opportunity to do the above with your daughter allows you to be motivated on connecting with them and see that bond grow overtime. Recognise that spending quality time with your daughter helps pave the growing foundations of your relationship and establishes that ground of security and nurturing needed for them to grow into confident and successful women in the near future.