Zenit has published an interview with Meg Meeker, who has practiced pediatric and adolescent medicine, as well as teen counseling and is the author of “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know,” and “Epidemic: How Teen Sex is Killing Our Kids“.

This interview speaks to the heart of what this blog is about – the unique roles and responsibilities of fathers in passing on our faith to our children (in this case our daughters). Among Meeker’s points in the interview:

  • A father is a daughter’s great ally, a point which she says is “not only overlooked, but is directly attacked.”
  • a father’s influence builds up self-esteem, helps his daughter to avoid sex, drugs, alcohol, and stay in college.”
  • Our culture has been teaching men to avoid the instinct “to protect and guard a daughter” in the name of gender neutrality.
  • A father’s critical role in the area of sexuality, particularly with the aggressive marketing to young girls.
  • A father sets “a template …on her heart about what to expect, to think, to feel, and know about men from there on out, affecting even her relationship to God, because Christ is a man.”
  • How increased sexual activity in young girls is leading to an increase in depression of our teenage daughters and how a father can make such a difference in a girl’s self esteem and self confidence helping them to avoid these problems.
  • “One of the greatest mistakes that parents make in their kids is a misunderstanding of what happiness and joy is in their kids. Parents just want their kids to be happy, but they perceive incorrectly that it comes from receiving pleasure, so when children receive, receive, receive, happiness does not come, resulting in a lot of unhappy kids.”

I encourage you to read this interview. Reflect and pray on this and your relationships with your daughters.

Love your daughters and let them know it!

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