Related to yesterday’s post about young men, this summer the Wall Street Journal had a report on how deep (and surprisingly traditional) the bond between daughters and dads is, how powerful it remains throughout their lives, and how resilient it can be. Peggy Drexler, author of Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers and the Changing American Family, writes that no matter how successful their careers, how happy their marriages, or how fulfilling their lives, women told me that their happiness passed through a filter of their fathers’ reactions.
We know that fathers play a key role in the development and choices of their daughters. But even for women whose fathers had been neglectful or abusive, the researcher still finds a hunger for approval. They wanted a warm relationship with men who did not deserve any relationship at all. Women still find that their fathers are a potent and enduring part of ourselves.
Read more about Daughters and Dad’s Approval. What about your parish or schools programming attempts to serve to address this issue?