The Importance of Dads

Sarah Berry
Life & Style reporter-Sydney Morning Herald

Sadly, not enough dads realise the impact they have on their daughters’ lives. One study found only 30 per cent of fathers believed that active involvement in their daughter’s life was vital to her health and well being.

This is despite recent findings that the dad’s influence is as great, and sometimes greater, than the mother’s.

Dads, as has been well documented, impact girls’ interactions with men later in life.

“In my years of psychology practice, I’ve met very few women who did not unconsciously or consciously pick a romantic partner based on the characteristics of her father,” says clinical psychologist Jennifer Kromberg.

Dads also affect their daughters self esteem, independence and stress levels.

According to a report by the US Department of Health and Human Services: “Children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, be confident to explore their surroundings, and, as they grow older, have better social connections.”

For my part, my father is now one of my best friends. There is not a soul I respect or love more than my dad.

I am acutely aware that not all dads are like this and there are plenty of women (and men) who have been without a father or at least without a worthy one.
But one thing we should never do is underestimate the importance of dads.

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4 comments for “The Importance of Dads

  1. September 14, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    We worry about fatherless homes statistics and how it affects our children. And then we ask the question: Where have all the fathers gone? I will tell you where they have gone …. Blame our Legal and Court systems who conspire towards men and deprive them of their God-given rights of being a sincere father. Why is our Legal system and the Courts turning a blind eye towards false allegations of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse? A Domestic Violence charge and Child Sexual Abuse charge is far too serious to be trivialized by false allegations, which are rarely prosecuted on the flimsy ground that prosecuting false accusers would deter real victims. Real victims are people who have truly been victimized by the wrongful and wilful conduct of another person. The Law Enforcement physically forces someone out of their primary residence and forces them to be prosecuted and threaten with imprisonment for a crime they did not commit. It’s a DISGRACE to our so-called Land of Freedom. This is nothing but a form of CHILD ABUSE in our country. For God’s sake and for our Children’s sake, this child abuse must be stopped and the correction needs to begin with our Legal and Family Court systems first. email:

  2. DI
    October 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Reblogged this on Children's Rights.

  3. October 31, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I must agree that a fathers role in their childs life is very important. I also think that it’s important to not bring ‘god given right’ into this. It is situational. If a father is addicted to alcohol, crack, and likes to make the child touch his penis…I don’t think that child would benifit in anyway by that relationship. Give me a break. @raporeily. Maybe you should read a few books on child phycology. Maybe study how things like growning up in an abusive home or alocholic home effects them as an adult. I think that good people and good parents need to continue to fight this bullshit in court. Sometimes what you think is good for your child [god given right] might not actually be. So, to all the dad’s that like playing this card…maybe stop being selfish and start actually thinking about how you effect your child negativly and do something about that. Maybe start working on yourself and how you parent…be a positive good role model for your child so they can grow up to be a sucessful person in general for christ sake.

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