Every woman takes one man to her grave: her dad. If she has a good relationship with him, she wants more time to hug him, ask advice and look for affirmation. If she has a bad relationship, she knows that only one thing will turn her world right: healing her relationship with her father.
These truths have occupied the center of women’s lives for millennia. So this December, I’m asking every father of a daughter to give himself the perfect Christmas or Hanukah present: Understanding the truth that you alone can determine the success or failure, happiness or grief in your daughter’s future.
And for you mothers who read this and get angry or feel left out, please don’t. You matter tremendously too, but you already know that. However, I assure you that your daughter’s father doesn’t fully understand the depth of his worth in her eyes.
When it comes to her father, every daughter’s heart beats a little faster.
As a pediatrician who has heard the hearts of thousands of young people over the years, there are only a few things that I know unequivocally. And one of those things is this: when it comes to her father, every daughter’s heart beats a little faster. It may be for joy or for hope, but nothing can keep her from wanting more from her dad.