In this day and age there are a lot of single moms. We have heard a lot about empowered moms who don’t need a man to help raise their little girls. But are we doing the child a dis-service? According to a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, girls who have good relationships with their fathers are not as likely to develop anxiety and depression. The study also says they are better at handling everyday stress. The study states that a father forming a deep, healthy relationship with his daughter, helps her create a positive self-image. This allows her to establish a feeling of control over her life giving her the confidence to succeed.
Unfortunately, even as eager to be involved as some fathers are, there are a lot of negative influences in the media that some men may find difficult to overcome. Almost every television show from the 1980’s to now portray fathers as bumbling idiots that know nothing about women. Fathers need to know how important it is that these stereotypes don’t have to be, and should not be followed, and are simply poor portrayals of what a father should be.
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