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All his faults and failures mean nothing to me now.” ― Melodie Ramone, “Daughter, we didn't need your note - or a prince's visit - to tell us you'd done nothing wrong. We fear for your future, but never for your character.

You take our love and our trust wherever you wander. I don't think I can believe that one, Rose darling!

I've made it my business to observe fathers and daughters. Like the little girl who's not very cute - her teeth are funny, and her hair doesn't grow right, and she's got on thick glasses - but her father holds her hand and walks with her like she's a tiny angel that no one can touch.

He gives her the best gift a woman can get in this world: protection.

Meeker: Fathers dramatically underestimate the importance of themselves in their daughters’ lives.

They withdraw much too quickly, doubt their significance and influence, and grossly misunderstand how very much their daughters need and want to have a good relationship with them.

This is especially critical during the teenage years.

If every time a father talks to his daughter he lays down the law, the daughter is not going to want to talk with him.

Meeker: It starts with letting your daughter know you really want to hear what she has to say.

Fact: Babies as young as six months whose fathers are present and active in the home score higher on mental development tests than babies whose fathers are not present and active. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician, uses these facts and more to make the case that few things matter more to a girl’s mental, physical and social development than her relationship with her father.

Fact: Teenage girls who are close to their fathers are far less likely to become sexually active. Drawing on her 20-plus years of counseling teenage girls, she outlines what a father can do to strengthen or heal his relationship with his daughter and help her become a mature, healthy woman.

Fact: Teenage girls are twice as likely to stay in school if their fathers are involved in their lives. This interview by Emily Stimpson is reprinted with permission from the June 15, 2008 issue of Our Sunday Visitor. Fathers have a tremendous power over their daughters. His interactions with her set her up for how she’s going to relate to all other men and to God. If she learns to like her dad, and she can trust him, she’ll have a much easier time trusting her husband and trusting God.

OSV: Whether fathers like it or not, what do their daughters expect from them? Meg Meeker: A daughter naturally wants to view her dad as a leader. That's not just the way it’s supposed to be; that’s the way it is. OSV: What do you think is the most common, albeit perhaps well-intentioned, mistake that most fathers make?

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