Yesterday, I wrote a little piece wondering whether my 4 year-old daughter might be ready for T-ball yet.
So it was kind of cool to read something today that seems to indicate that, no matter when she’s ready, it certainly appears that we will be doing something great towards strengthening our relationship together.
See, a new report out this week from Baylor University, and published in The Journal of Human Communication, finds that dads and daughters who do fun mutually-engaging activities together have better bonds than those who don’t, according to an article on CTV News.
Based on a study that questioned 43 fathers and 43 daughters (none of them related to another) about what their relationships with their own daughter or father were like, the findings indicate that bonds were very often made stronger when the duo participated in sports together.
Well, as the CTV piece points out, the daughters in the study stated that with sports, “they learned to compete, take risks and stand up for themselves, and enjoyed having their father all to themselves.”
I like that last part a lot and without any scientific data at all to back me up, I’d bet that’s a big part of what helps any daddy and his ‘little girl’ grow closer.
Most of the fathers in the study even went so far as to claim that they believed that participating in some kind of sporting activity with their daughters was a real turning point in their relationship, right up there with watching them start to date, teaching them to drive, and witnessing them enter into marriage.
The study’s leading author, Mark Morman, a professor of communication at Baylor College of Arts and Sciences in Waco, Texas, noted to USNews.com that during their research, “We found fathers tend to pull their daughters to the masculine, to the activity orientation they do with other men.”
And that is perfectly fine too, because he added, “the activity doesn’t really matter as long as both people are interested.”
Makes perfect sense to me.
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