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How to Be the Dad Your Daughter Needs You to Be

When you see yourself through your daughter's eyes, your relationship with her will completely change.
Last Updated
March 22, 2023
posted on
June 1, 2022
4 min
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Father’s Day is around the corner and while kids love to celebrate their dads on Father’s Day, I know many fathers feel differently. With Father’s Day comes a mix of emotions. You might feel you don’t deserve the praise. You might feel disconnected from your kids, so the holiday just adds to your guilt. You might think you aren’t doing enough, you aren’t present enough, you don’t play enough, you don’t make enough money.

Having seen countless dads walk through my practice doors, I can tell you a common feeling among dads is shame, especially dads of daughters.

The father-daughter relationship is unique. It can be very close or very strained. And as your daughter gets older, it can be harder for you to connect with her to the point that you’re tempted to give up altogether.


I urge you, dads, do not give up on your relationships with your daughters. They need you more than you know, and you have the power to grow them into strong, capable women.


In 2006, I wrote Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. It became a global bestseller. Dads (and moms) everywhere were impacted. Here’s why: it helped fathers see themselves through their daughters’ eyes. But there was a problem.

The book gave information that was eye-opening for dads, but it didn’t show them what to do with that information. Dads weren't given the practical tools and action steps they needed to apply what they learned.

‍That was a huge problem because dads were left guessing. And for the last 15 years, I’ve received messages from parents saying, “I love your book! But what do I do now?” 

This is why I created the Strong Fathers Strong Daughters Masterclass.

This class will give you the how you desperately need to stay close to your daughter and ensure she grows up to be the woman you long for her to be.

The class is made up of ten modules. You can watch or listen to them (podcast-style) at your own pace. Each module covers a different topic, everything from how to be your daughter’s hero to how to keep her safe to how to teach her to make good decisions. The class just became available today. You can get access to it here.

By the end of the class, you will feel equipped and empowered in your relationship with your daughter and your influence on her. You won’t be wondering why your relationship with her is strained and what to do about it. You will understand her better. And you will understand yourself better, which is key to staying close to your daughter.

Dads, your relationship with your daughter is one of the most important relationships you will ever have. Don’t let it slip through your fingers. This Father’s Day, give yourself the gift of a strong relationship with your daughter that will last a lifetime.

Click here to access the masterclass today!  

Dr. Meg Meeker

Practicing pediatrician, parent, grandparent, coach, speaker, and author. Say hello on instagram: @MegMeekerMD or by email:

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