Attend her athletic contests, just like you would with your sons. Be around the house when she has her friends around.
Make opportunities to be together, and your relationship will grow. Sometimes helping your daughter through the transition of puberty into adolescence can be a single dad's greatest emotional challenge.
The different dynamics among the four people in our family feel familiar to me.
My husband and I have an older daughter and a younger son, which was how I grew up.
Keeping the lines of communications open requires time, patience and a willingness to make it a priority. Sometimes our daughters need a little coaching in terms of problem-solving.
Sitting with her and helping her think through an issue, develop alternatives and come to a conclusion tends to be counter-intuitive for some fathers.
But it is important to teach her how, and not to lean on us for solutions.
Helping her develop good problem-solving skills will serve her well throughout her life. I know from my own experience with my daughters that I had no problem at all being the white knight to ride in on my charger to rescue her.
But I still can't fathom the challenge single fathers with daughters face.And recognize that some things will just be awkward.Relying on your trusted female mentor for some of these issues will be helpful. To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads.Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.