8 Things a Father Should Do to Raise a Strong Woman

The relationship a father has with his daughter from the time she's little will mark her and her values as she grows up. There are some actions you can take to build trust with you daughter and make sure she becomes a secure and strong woman.
8 Things a Father Should Do to Raise a Strong Woman
Bernardo Peña

Reviewed and approved by the psychologist Bernardo Peña.

Last update: 09 October, 2022

The relationship between a father and his daughter is so special. Moreover, it can turn into the foundation of her growth as a strong woman. From the moment they meet, a connection is formed that is so strong it’s hard to explain or define the emotions it entails.

Just like mothers, fathers have a leading role in raising their children.

While they may differ in how they express their feelings, fathers and daughters have a connection that will significantly mark her personality.

That’s why it’s essential to know how to take advantage of the time they have together. This is especially true in those years where she needs to feel protected, loved, and supported.

This doesn’t just allow for the creation of unforgettable memories, but also will somehow influence the strength of her self-esteem and independence.

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of 8 things that every father should keep in mind to raise a secure and strong woman.

Tips for Fathers on Raising a Strong Woman

1. Always give her your attention

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While many fathers don’t realize it, their daughters come to see them as superheroes who are there to rescue them from anything bad that could happen.

Giving them attention when they need it and dedicating time to them will make them feel loved and listened to.

Over time, the relationship will strengthen and it will make communication and trust easier in the future.

2. Take the hand of your strong woman

Something as simple as holding your daughter’s hand can influence the nature and strength of the relationship forever.

Feeling the strong hand of their father makes them feel protected and safe, which will help them go through life feeling strong and supported.

It doesn’t matter what happens: she will know she can count on you and she will become a strong woman.

3. Cultivate her self-esteem

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Every father has the tools within himself to cultivate good self-esteem in his daughter by highlighting more than just her physical qualities.

Teach her from the time she’s little that she is a strong woman and that she has wonderful abilities. In addition, make sure she knows that each possible weakness is also actually a strength.

This will help shape her personality and will especially help her to love herself, no matter what others may say to her.

Applaud her achievements, correct her mistakes without harshness, and tell her how beautiful she is. These are all habits that will certainly help raise a secure and strong woman.

4. Try to give her different experiences

Experiences are an enriching part in the development of all human beings.

Allowing little ones to explore and enjoy experiences will help them overcome their fears and encourage them to feel and live life to its fullest.
Try going for a walk, seeing a movie, or going on a little adventure with them. These are just a few examples of the things you can do together to strengthen the bond and, of course, teach them.

5. Teach them healthy hobbies

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Art, music, and sports are all activities that help children grow. This is not only because they develop their abilities, but also because they are a chance to spend time doing something productive and healthy.

They require effort, discipline, and learning new things every day. So, doing any kind of art or sport is a great way to teach and share unique, meaningful experiences together.

6. Correct them when necessary

While it may be hard or upsetting sometimes, you must correct the little mistakes they make from early on.

A father that teaches his daughter to take responsibility for her actions is raising a strong woman with values who is able to acknowledge when she makes a mistake.

7. Spend a day at work with her

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If at all possible, spending a day at work with your daughter can be a rewarding experience for both of you.

Allowing her to see your workplace up close will make her look up to you even more and it may even inspire her.

She will see that you’re working hard to give her the best and she will feel proud.

8. Learn to trust her

Communication and trust are the foundation of a good father-daughter relationship.

Instead of instilling fear with threats about what she can’t or shouldn’t do, it’s important to use dialogue to teach her and be her confidant.

A daughter who feels like her father is a friend will make an effort to not disappoint him. Additionally, she will more likely make wiser decisions.

Of course, in addition to the above-mentioned tips, being an example and loving her are two essential parts of raising a strong woman who is ready for anything life may bring.

Don’t waste any more time! Before you know it, your little girl will be a woman.

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