Fathers find it difficult to connect with their daughters. This article shares tips to build a healthy and strong father – daughter relationship.
A few pointers to remember, for fathers:
1. Be interested
Take interest in her, right from her birthday. Watch her movements as a baby, listen, play, and read with her as a child, and enquire her about friends, and give her the confidence that you are genuinely interested in her.
2. Listen to her
Most daughters love to talk and they generally talk more than boys. Listen to her talks, dreams and wishes and keep the secrets that she shares with you, whether good or bad.
3. Offer support
Offering support and confidence in difficult situations works a long way than scolding or lecturing during such times.
4. Encourage and give confidence
Teach her “guy” things such as home repairs, along with the daily routine activities such as reading new books, and driving. Encourage her to undertake and successfully complete tasks she likes by simply being with her and supporting her.
6. Show her that you trust her
Convey that you trust her. Be it about decisions taken by her or about sharing a secret with you.
7. Accept her
Whether you agree or disagree, support and accept her decisions graciously as long as the choice/ decision, taken by her are legitimate. In cases when they are not, speak to her and analyse various options together and deal with the situation.
8. Let her make mistakes and learn
Do not scold your daughter for taking wrong decisions and making mistakes. Instead, teach her to be responsible for her decisions and learn from mistakes.
9. Have fun time together
Spend special moments together. Watch movies, shop, and play different games. Act as if you both are of same age, which will help her to open up and to look forward to such times.
10. Tell her that she is beautiful
Compliment her for her smile, hair, and the dazzling sparkle in her eyes. State the importance of a beautiful heart and inner beauty than outer beauty.
Love, communication and acceptance are the means to develop a strong father – daughter relationship. Cherish yours!
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