Our exchange prompted me to think about the fathers in my life: my father, my friend's fathers, my brothers, colleagues etc.
and what their daughters could possibly be learning from them about their self image and how they should be treated as women.
If, like Rachel and me, everyday experiences included a giant, deep-voiced, lumberjack man, then that is what we imprinted as normal.
Not only does this influence ring true, but many, many studies including this from the have shown the influence of fathers on their daughters’ relationships.
These feelings can intensify if your friend begins spending the night at your home.If you notice that your friend is beginning to assume the role of a parent and it's distressing your child, have a talk with your friend.Explain that it might be too early to take on this role.” Rachel laughed and her dad picked her up high in the air, nodded an acknowledgment to my dad and walked out of the restaurant.Even my dad was a little surprised at the little girl’s courage, but it didn’t take a Ph D to deduce that not only was tiny little Rachel not afraid of my big, huge dad, she was actually attracted to him.