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DADS AND DAUGHTERS

There's something special. Something significant between fathers and daughters and dads and daughters. That's why there's a special section for father daughter, dad daughter relationships in InteractiveDad.com.

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But a dad daughter relationship doesn't just happen.

A young girl's relationship with her family, especially with her father, may influence at what age she enters puberty, according to Vanderbilt University researchers.

The 1999 study found that girls with close, supportive relationships with their parents tend to develop later, while girls with cold or distant relationships with their parents develop at an earlier age. And get this: Girls who enter puberty later generally had fathers who were active participants in care-giving; had fathers who were supportive to the girls' mothers; and had positive relationships with their mothers. But it's the fathers' involvement, rather than the mothers', which seems to be paramount to the age of the girls' development.

The researchers believe that girls have evolved to experience early socialization, with their "antennae" tuned to the fathers' role in the family (both in terms of father-daughter and father-mother relationships) and that girls may unconsciously adjust their timing of puberty based on their fathers' behavior.

The researchers found that girls raised in father-absent homes or dysfunctional father-present homes experienced relatively early pubertal timing.

The father daughter relationship needs to be nurtured. Here that unique relationship gets the attention it deserves.

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