It is certainly important for fathers to connect with their daughters.Having a daughter with those attitudes and directions is worth a lot to a father.But in addition to the lifelong positives of a good father-daughter relationship, nurturing that kind of relationship can be a real opportunity for a father in the here and now. The more time you spend with her earlier, the easier it will be to continue building the relationship later. While it is great when a dad teaches his daughter to ride a bike or to read or do chores, often the best things he can teach her are "guy things." Skills like fixing a car, fishing, golfing, or home repairs will serve a girl just as well as a boy and will give her confidence that she can tackle anything. In my experience, the girls tend to vocalize more than the boys do growing up.Last night was one of those nights where my hubby proved to be my hero yet again.He spent about 30 minutes having a very important conversation with a young man we know. (Heavy sigh.) We knew this day would get here, and though my husband was prepared to just lock her in the closet until she turned 22, we recognize that part of our responsibility while she's still under our roof is to help her navigate appropriate relationships, especially dating relationships.