When you ask a man when he became a real man, he will typically say when he became a father.
Much has been said about the importance of a mother in a daughter's life. In fact, a girl's father is one of the most influential people in her life, from birth through adulthood.
As Father's Day is around the corner, here we list 10 points why fathers are so important in a girl's life.
10. Pays her bills
This is almost irrelevant but it's a fact. In the popular imagination, from when you are born to when you leave home at age 18 or soon thereafter, your father pays your bills.
He needs to spend money on taking care of your physical needs and supporting your mother - from diapers during the early years to educational expenses and other costs that apply to older children, but this is the least important reason why he is important.
9. Ask him when mom says no
What to do when your mother says no: ask your father. Not because he is foolish enough not to realise the gravity of the situation as mom suspects, but just because he tries not to disappoint his little heart and wishes to give her everything she desires.
8. The first superhero she knows
The father is every girl's first superhero. He could lift her in the air, show her the world, save her from trouble, praise every success and encourage her to try again when she fails.
He might not be able to fly or save the world on a daily basis, but they do more for our families then we ever think, and what else would one wish for in a superhero?
7. Her first love
The first true love any girl has is for her father. A daughter's first bonding with any man is with her father, he is also the man who influences her ability to love and to trust.
In how he treats her mother, she learns subconsciously that any later relationships with men are filtered through that experience. No one will ever replace him as the love of her life.