Nurturing the Father Daughter Bond

It’s no secret that dads have a special bond with their baby girls. The father/daughter dynamic is one that begins the moment the ultrasound tech says “It’s a girl,” the moment he knows his heart truly belongs to another.

From the moment my daughter was born she’s had her father under a spell. Is it her big blue eyes? The sound of her voice? The ways she curls her bottom lip for dramatic effect whenever she pouts?

I’m not sure, but she’s got him hooked.

There are so many ways to encourage this precious relationship. Here are six simple ways you can get a head start nurturing the bond that will last a lifetime.

  • Nurturing the Father Daughter Bond

    Nurturing the Father Daughter Bond

    There’s no doubt about it: daddies love their baby girls. While it seems like moms bear the brunt of the day-to-day care for newborns, it’s so important for fathers to play an active part.  
    Photo Credit: Katie Tegtmeyer/Flickr

  • An Early Bond

    An Early Bond

    Many dads will tell you that they’re unsure of their role with a newborn. They can take an active role in soothing, diapering, and helping with feeding duties. Their presence from the very beginning is so important!  Photo: Living on Love

  • Daddy's Girls

    Daddy’s Girls

    No matter if your baby is daughter #1 or #3, dads can bond with babies by spending one-on–one time and making each child feel special.  Photo: Salsa Pie

  • Daddy's Love

    Daddy’s Love

    Fathers can bond with their daughters in simple moments of fun. Quality time comes when you least expect it! Photo: The Writer Revived

  • Daddy Picnic

    Daddy Picnic

    Spending time together is the best way to nurture the father/daughter bond. Plan fun activities and special outings as well as plenty of time at home, just being together. Photo: Raincoast Cottage

  • Role Model

    Role Model

    A father’s influence on his daughter is like no other. By nurturing this relationship from early in her life, she’ll have the security and comfort to come to him later in life with her worries, questions, and fears. You’re laying the foundation for one of the most important relationships she’ll ever have, and the investment is well worth the reward. Photo: Terra Savvy

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. She’s writes about all things toddler at Babble’s Toddler Times. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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