Dads-&-Their-Diaper-Disasters-photo3But I now understand that the reason my father was distant was because of the culture in which he was raised. I don’t begrudge him for it. Now that I’m older, my father has taken a renewed interest in me and our relationship has been strengthened. I am grateful for this because I know that it has improved my self-esteem, even as an adult. I have a newfound appreciation for my dad.Research also shows that father-daughter relationships are improving. According to studies, married fathers are now spending more time with their children than married fathers of previous generations. Our culture seems to be demanding that fathers participate more in their children’s lives. Though the research is lacking, everyone seems to agree that these relationships are critical. That’s why the term “daddy issues” is so prevalent. Fathers, please know that showing your daughters unconditional love is crucial to how they will navigate the world as women.