Daughters and Dad

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?

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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