A Dad's Perspective on Raising His Daughter

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With Father’s Day around the corner, we wanted a dad’s parenting perspective. The following book review is by one of our Kolcraft Dads, Pete Collins.

When my wife and I found out that we were having a baby girl, I’m not sure if my first feeling was happiness or shock, but I’m sure that my face expressed that “glazed-over” look usually reserved for teenagers. My friends with sons offered congratulations and wished me well in my future life filled with pink. My friends with daughters, however, looked at me with wry smiles and sympathetic eyes, as if they knew I was heading on a paddle-less voyage up a creek.

I had been aware of the concept of “Daddy’s Little Girl”, and knew that fathers and daughters had a special bond, but it was not until I received the book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, by Dr. Meg Meeker, that I realized the importance of the father-daughter relationship.

Through her experience counseling teens and parents, and by providing poignant examples to illustrate her points, Dr. Meeker outlines the very specific areas of development where fathers are necessary to provide guidance and influence on their daughter’s lives. Additionally, and most importantly for me, the book provided insight into the characteristics and behavior young girls NEED and EXPECT from their father. The explanation of how fathers’ actions are viewed and interpreted by daughters gave me a unique insight that I would never have known, and which I believe will help me to send the right message and be the figure of stability that my daughter will need throughout her life.

By detailing and explaining daughters’ needs and how fathers’ actions affect daughters throughout their lives, I believe that Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters is the paddle I will need to help me navigate my relationship with my new daughter.

Pete Collins lives in Chicago with his wife and soon-to-be born baby girl.

2 Responses to “A Dad's Perspective on Raising His Daughter”

  1. Tom McGrath June 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Thanks for this good tip, Pete. Nicely done! I’ve raised two daughters and that has been a source of enormous joy and satisfaction in my life. I have learned over the years the importance of dads in the eyes, minds, and hearts of their daughters. I suspect some dads of daughters don’t realize what an opportunity they have to be a hero to someone really special. I have also learned first-hand the great gift a daughter can be in the life of a dad.

    I wish I’d had this book when I was first approaching fatherhood. It’s one I’ll keep in mind when I meet young men who are about to begin that great adventure of becoming a baby-girl’s father. It’s a true blessing.

  2. MichelleH June 20, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Thanks for your great insight & wisdom.