How to be a Great Father to Your Daughter
Marketing consultant and former journalist Kevin Renner turned his crisis of confidence as a father into a personal crusade. Renner interviewed 50 women from around the world, to understand their lifestories and how they were shaped by their fathers—good, bad, and in between. He wanted to understand fatherhood from the receiving end, as a daughter, so he could bring it home to his own daughters, then nine and thirteen.
Renner says the insights he took from spending a year hearing women’s stories has made him a profoundly more insightful father. Among his biggest lessons, he says, were the importance of tough love, and how everything that he does as a father, and that every father does, communicates in subtle yet lasting ways. “Take your daughter to your workshop, your office, the bowling alley, the movies,” he says. “Little things make the big difference. They message that she’ll take away is that she matters—not just to you, but in the world at large.”