I'm a huge Meg Meeker
fan. I love her books and she is probably the most gracious interview i've done on the Andy Savage Radio Show & Podcast.
Meg's book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters is one that every dad with a little girl needs to read. In fact, go order it right now here
Below are some interesting facts on how fathers shape daughters and some insights into the world our daughters are facing today. If you weren't convinced of a father's role in the home, this should do it!
Did You Know…
STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS:
Ten Secrets Every Father Should Know
By Meg Meeker, M.D.
- Toddlers securely attached to fathers are better at solving problems.
- With fathers present in the home, kids manage school stress better.
- Girls with doting fathers are more assertive.
- Daughters who perceive that their fathers care a lot about them, and who feel connected to their fathers have significantly fewer suicide attempts and fewer instances of body dissatisfaction, depression, low self-esteem, substance use, and unhealthy weight.
- Girls with involved fathers are twice as likely to stay in school.
- A daughter’s self-esteem is best predicted by her father’s physical affection.
- Girls whose parents divorce or separate before they turn twenty-one tend to have shorter life spans by four years.
- Girls with good fathers are less likely to flaunt themselves to seek male attention.
- Fathers help daughters become more competent, more achievement-oriented, and more successful.
- Girls with involved fathers wait longer to initiate sex and have lower rates of teen pregnancy.
- Girls who live solely with their mothers have significantly less ability to control impulses, delay gratification, and have a weaker sense of conscience or right and wrong.
- Kids do better academically if their fathers establish rules and exhibit affection.
- Teen girls who live with both parents are three times less likely to lose their virginity before their sixteenth birthdays.
- 76 percent of teen girls said that fathers influenced their decisions on whether they should become sexually active.
One in five Americans over age twelve tests positive for genital herpes.
- 46.7 percent of students (girls and boys) will be sexually active before high school ends.
- Engaging in sex puts girls at higher risk for depression.
- 11.5 percent of females attempted suicide last year.
- 27.8 percent of high school students (female and male) drank alcohol before age thirteen.
- Parent connectedness is the number-one factor in preventing girls from engaging in premarital sex and indulging in drugs and alcohol.