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Does a Girl’s Relationship With Her Father Really Matter?


I was reading an article yesterday about fathers and their daughters, and the critical role that fathers play in their daughter’s lives. I got some insights in it, which I share with you today. What I gathered from the article is that:

  • A girl stands a better chance of becoming a self-confident woman if she has a close connection with her father.
  • A dad’s presence (or lack of presence) in his daughter’s life will affect how she relates to all men who come after him.
  • Every girl needs a loving, dependable father figure to establish a positive identity as a female and cultivate feelings of self-worth.
  • A father is his daughter’s first love, so of course that relationship will affect how she interacts with other men.
  • A daughter’s relationship with her father is the first one that teaches her how she should be treated by a man.

Important truths I found them to be. So for those among us who are raising daughters, I hope you will take deep note of the above statements. I believe they have lots of truths in them.






On a personal note, I was privileged to be raised by both parents – who are still together today, enjoying the sunset years of their marriage, and who continue to be very present in my life. Growing up, I watched my dad sacrifice alot for my two brothers, my sister and I, and as I go back home to Buruburu to visit my folks every so often, I feel very proud of him. Why? Because now, as a parent myself, those sacrifices he (and my mom) made are all too clear and hit home hard.

My dad raised the four of us well, in a good Christian environment, a warm home, taught us good values and morals, gave us a good education, was home early every single day and was always there for us, guiding and moulding us into the adults we have become today. Harsh he was no doubt, but good harsh -not bad harsh :) .







I am very blessed to still have him around, very glad that he gets to spend time with his grandsons, and I am very honoured to have named my second son after him. My dad, Mr. Kariuki JW is a gem in my life. I love you daddy.

To all of you who still have your dads around, remember to appreciate them -for not many are as blessed.

Have a lovely weekend and God bless.



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Maryanne W. Waweru is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.


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