Many girls are close to their mothers and that is understandable, but very few are close to their fathers .
Father’s day is around the corner and this is the best time to s work on creating a healthy father-daughter relationship.
It’s important to have a healthy relationship with one’s dad especially if your dad is still alive. Men usually have a shorter life span and many regret not bonding with their dads later in life.
The father is one of the most influential people in a girl’s life. A girl’s relationship with her father shapes her self-image, self-confidence, and her opinion of men.
According to Michael Austin the editor of Fatherhood- Philosophy for Everyone "How Dad approaches life will serve as an example for his daughter to build off of in her own life, even if she chooses a different view of the world,"
It's true that some fathers have not being involved in the lives of their daughters and this makes it difficult for many girls to relate with their fathers, but it is better to also put effort in helping to foster a healthy relationship since it is so important.
One must realise that it is never too late and if one has had a very bad relationship in the past the first step after identifying the problem is to forgive.
After forgiveness, the next step is to find out what actually went wrong and try to amend if possible. If you had contributed in any way to the broken relationship try to put effort to stop whatever it is you do that creates the problem.
Find out what your dad likes. Father’s day is a good day to start again, find out more about your dad and buy him his favourite thing, or just buy him a simple gift you can afford with a card showing you appreciate him.
Spend time with your father this period; ask questions about his favourite things- this would make him know you care.
Create time to hang out with your dad, dads give very good advice especially when it comes to relationships, remember they were once young men too, they know all the tricks and can warn their daughters about them and teach them how to identify real men.
Take out time daily to pray for your dad and once in a while call your dad and find out how he is doing. Reaching out is not always easy but it is worth it in the end.