A wealth of research highlights the importance of fathers to the development of both sons and daughters. Yet many women say they don’t really know their fathers very well and/or they often feel criticized by their fathers. In situations of divorce or separation, these issues often are even more pronounced. But, as Wake Forest professor Linda Nielsen knows from her research on the relationship of fathers and daughters, there are steps adult daughters can take to put their relationship with their fathers on a more positive path. And, dads, whether your daughter is a toddler, teen or adult, you can build a closer more supportive relationship with her. However the father-daughter relationships play out in your family, you will find this Mom Enough discussion insightful and encouraging!
How would you describe your relationship with your father in your childhood? How is it now that you are grown up and a parent yourself? Based on what you heard in this Mom Enough interview on the relationships of fathers and daughters, what steps could you take to strengthen your relationship with your father? What could you do to support positive relationships between your children and their father?