The relationship that a man has with his daughter is very precious. Most dads, by nature, are protective of their daughters. They’ll often push their sons and be more critical than they are of their daughters. Daughters can be a soft touch for many dads, that’s not so bad.
The notion of a father who is at home and available affords a sense of security for girls, even if the only protective behaviours men actually indulge in are the removal of the occasional spider from the bedroom wall or reassurances that children are safe from things that go bump in the night.
There aren’t too many hairy mammoths roaming the ’burbs these days, so a man’s capacity to protect his brood is severely limited. A man can only do so much!
The real value of fathers in girls’ lives is less tangible but more far-reaching. It’s fr...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)