Dr. Jordan: Fathers parenting their daughters

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(STLMoms) – Dads play an important role in his daughter’s life. But that role may be more important than we think.

Behavioral Pediatrician Dr. Tim Jordan talks about what fathers bring when it comes to parenting girls.

Here are some of the attributes dads bring to the table for girls:

1)  ‘Pounce Look’: physical, loud, unpredictable, spontaneous

2)  Push the envelope: stretch, take risks

3)  Change rhyme verses- open to learning, curious and on their toes

4)  More directive: prepares them for real world: not read their minds and
anticipate their needs like moms do

5)  Rough & tumble play: assertive, competitive, confident, aggressive, a way
to be affectionate

6)  Stay more detached: not take girl`s behaviors personally- not escalate things

7)  Encourage problem solving and critical thinking skills

8)  Repress emotions: times you need focus; judgment not clouded with

9)  Teasing and bantering: BS monitor, toughens girls up, not take words so
personally, shoot from the hip, banter back

10)  Encourage adventures: stretch, risks, make things happen, out-of-comfort-

11)  Sense of humor: more independent, confident, and happier

12)  Focus on non-physical qualities: balance cultural messages, you are way
more than your looks

13)  Model how a guy should treat them: way you treat daughter and their mom

14)  Model healthy father and husband

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