How can we invest in our daughters in the most effective way? That’s what this section of fathers.com is all about.
We have an in-house expert on the topic, Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield, who has years of experience working with young women and their dads. Look below for more information about Michelle as well as some recommended articles. Further below is our archive of content for dads of daughters, where you can take a deeper dive.
For now, a few nuggets to challenge you:
There may be many things you want to tell your daughter, but you have to earn the right to speak by listening first. She wants to be heard, and if all her dad does is lecture, she’ll grow frustrated and probably seek out other people who will listen and offer their counsel—and there’s no way of knowing what they’ll tell her.
Also, don’t underestimate your influence as a role model. As a girl tries to figure out what men are like, the first one she watches is her daddy. You can be one very significant example of a man who is consistent, trustworthy, and sensitive to feelings, who places his family at a high priority, who keeps promises, and who invests in the lives of those around him.
And finally, don’t hesitate to show her affection. If you don’t, she may think you don’t care or that something’s wrong with her. Your daughter needs to know that you cherish her as a person and you admire her as a lovely young woman. Make it clear that, although you find her beautiful, she is more attractive because she is a unique, gifted and worthwhile person.
For more, here are some featured articles to help you with your daughter. Be sure to see the entire collection below as well.
How to Bond with Your Daughter
How to Raise a World-Changing Daughter by Michelle Watson
Daddy-Daughter Date Ideas for Committed Dads by Jay Payleitner
Daughters and Mirrors – audio clip from Michelle Watson
Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield
Recent For Dads of Daughters Articles
Dad, Turn Your HEART Toward Your Daughter
by Michelle Watson Canfield – A girl needs head connections with her dad in order to navigate life, but heart connections with him are vital to her ability to thrive in life.
5 Power Strategies a Dad Can Use to Lead His Daughter
by Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield As we all know, it can be a daunting task for dads and daughters to talk about the...
Video: Stay Connected to Your Daughter
Rick Wertz and his daughter Amanda describe some simple but powerful ways dads and daughters can stay connected.
How to Raise a World-Changing Daughter
Dad, if you want to raise a confident daughter who believes in herself and steps forward to change the world around her for good, be assured that you are part of that equation and your input really does matter.
Runaway: A Moving Video of a Father’s Love
A more modern version of the “Prodigal Son” that depicts the depth of a father’s love, featuring the song “Runaway” by Jess Ray.
Halftime Shows & Helping Our Children Define the Line
As fathers, we should be aware of what our children (and grandchildren) are seeing and hearing in the media and elsewhere, and we can view these events as opportunities for thoughtful discussions with them.
What Your Daughter Really Longs For
Dad, it’s up to you to create an atmosphere of acceptance where she feels safe enough to reveal her heart to you.
3 Ways to Avoid “Blind Spots” with Your Daughter
by Michelle Watson, PhD, LPC We’ve all heard the term “blind spot” when it comes to driving. And just to make sure...
Daughters and Mirrors – Audio Clip
Listen to Michelle Watson share an idea that is almost guaranteed to change your relationship with your daughter for the better.
18 Ways You Can “Be the First” in Your Daughter’s Life
by Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield When I think about the concept of firsts, especially when it comes to fathers...