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5 Things A Daughter Needs From Her Father


To every father that has embraced their responsibilities, and are in the lives of their children, I applaud you. At a time where many have fallen short in this regard you have taken the path that a true man should take.  This should always be acknowledged but there is always room for improvement.

To the men who have not been active in the lives of their children, please reconsider your position. Your absence has a very negative impact, and your children deserve better than that. Even if you have issues with their mother, do your best to improve the situation, and take a more active role. We need you to take that step.

I recently spoke at a Young Women’s Conference and it was a great experience. I enjoyed the interaction with all the women that participated, and it reminded me of the importance for many to have a positive male influence in their lives. There are things that daughters need from their fathers. Even when they have a father in their life, the things they truly need may be overlooked. Fathers be open to embracing and implement these key principles.

1. Your Daughter Needs Your Attention

Young daughters are simply women in training. Therefore they have some of the same emotional needs that a father should be mindful of. Many times fathers overlook the need to take the extra step of interacting with their daughter. I mean it’s great if your presence is seen, but is your presence being felt? Are you showing a genuine interest in your daughter’s life? Are you making time to connect with her and express your love through quality time? These things are important to any woman, and her being a young woman doesn’t change that.

2. She Needs You To Make Her Feel Comfortable Talking To You

It’s great if you’re providing for your daughter and protecting her like a good father should. You may have her respect, but ask yourself are you truly connecting with your daughter. Are you creating an environment that she can come to you for guidance, or has a wall been built that keeps her from opening up to you? It is wise to create an environment where your daughter feels she can talk to you. It decreases the chances of her seeking answers from people who may lead her down the wrong path. There will be an opportunity to properly address and resolve any existing issues when she can feel that coming to her father is a viable option. Not to mention it will increase the bond you have with her, and provide her the love she needs. When you eliminate that void you help decrease the likelihood that she will seek out the wrong men and take the wrong actions in an attempt to gain fulfillment.

3. Your Daughter Needs Your Encouragement & Positive Reinforcement

When a daughter knows she has the support of her father, it gives her great strength. Your encouragement, and positive words are the fuel she needs to conquer the many obstacles she will face. Remind her that she is beautiful, remind her that she can achieve great things, remind her that she is a queen and deserves to be treated with respect. When you embrace pouring into your daughter the positive energy she needs, you will help her become the woman she was truly created to be.

4. She Needs You To Set The Example For The Type Of Man She Deserves to Be With

As a father you should desire for your daughter to be with a good man who can be there for her like she deserves. If you want to increase the chances of this happening you should ask yourself are you being that good man to her mother and in general. It doesn’t matter if you and her mother are together or not. You have to set an example of respect and love that shows your daughter what she should be looking for. Your actions can either push a negative view of men or a positive one. It can have a direct effect on the quality of man your daughter allows herself to be with and hold on to. So be mindful of what example you are setting. Do some self evaluation and be the type of guy one would hope your daughter ends up with.

5. Your Daughter Needs To Know That Her Father Loves Her

Taking the actions on this list will surely express a great love to your daughter. However, it’s always a beautiful thing when she can hear you say it as well. So matter how much you think she already knows, don’t hold back on telling her that you love her. Some women weren’t given that, and you shouldn’t dismiss the positive impact it can have. So be sure to do it, and do it more than once. Let her feel your love with words, and with actions.

Nobody is perfect but we should always strive to be better. For all the fathers out there and even the men who have yet to have kids; these principles should be embraced to create a better relationship with the special women in your life. Your daughter needs it and your significant other needs this from you as well. Being there for them is great but truly connecting them will provide a love that everyone involved will benefit from.

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14 thoughts on “5 Things A Daughter Needs From Her Father”

  1. This is so true. I would have given anything to hear my father say I love you Mary just once, but he died.

  2. Thank you for such true advice it's so true I'm going thru this right now with my husband and daughter

  3. I'm happy because I have the most amazing dad in the world! All the things that was listed above my dad always did for my sis and I and still do to this very day. Without my dad I do not know how I would ha turned out. A father's love is a great love! I love my daddy and I know he loves me.

  4. Battista Maricola

    I listened to the video with Stephan L., he knows what he is all about and what i love is that he get God involve with whatever his situation is, he takes time to explain what the involvement of fathers are all about and it makes a whole lot of sense…good teaching for ALL FATHERS…Good Coach and all the rest. May God keep on blessing you always.

  5. Battista Maricola

    More good things are coming your way, Brother

  6. I got none of that from my male parent but, I learned exactly how I did not want to be in the world & so, raised myself accordingly

  7. Wow I love this I didn't get most of this from my father but he did do his very best and I'm forever grateful for him. Now let's see if my husband can do all of this with our daughters.

  8. Thank God that not only does my biological father do all the above so does my stepfather that raised me but also the spiritual fathers that I have.


  9. This is so true! Most men r not there for their sons let a line for their precious lil daughters.. Girls r different from boys she needs that special protection only a father have n can give her… Lord gave me 3 sons, but they got daughters, n I always always instill in them the special need that their daughters need..

  10. my dad wasn't there but my uncles were and they showed me what a man should be.

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