How to French plait, who Barbie’s boyfriend is and all the words to Olly Murs’ ‘Troublemaker’ are just some of the things only dads of daughters will know, according to a new survey.
A study of 500 dads with daughters under the age of 18 has revealed the top 50 things fathers with a little girl will have mastered.
Knowing all the members of One Direction, how to paint nails and understanding the term ‘pirouette’ also feature in the list.
50 things only dads with daughters know:
- Who Barbie’s boyfriend is
- What a pirouette is
- Glitter gets everywhere
- How to give the perfect cuddle
- How to make her feel special
- How to clean showers full of hair
- How to shop
- How to make everything better
- Girls like getting dirty too
- When Strictly Come Dancing is on
- Who the members of One Direction are
- How to dance with her on your feet
- You understand it will take hours to get into the bathroom
- That girls want to play football as well
- They don’t always want pink and purple
- How to skip
- That chocolate or ice cream covers a multitude of sins
- How important it is to colour co-ordinate
- That girls also like to build dens and climb trees
- How to play with dolls
- How to stop a nightmare
- How to break up a fight between her and her mother
- How to paint nails
- How to show enthusiasm when watching a girlie movie or a musical show
- Who the winner of last year’s The X Factor was
- How to dance
- How to ice skate
- How to French plait
- How to face paint
- That you always need to have a hairband handy
- How to bake the perfect cake
- How to roller skate
- How to have a perfect tea party
- What Taylor Swift’s latest hit is
- That she needs to change her outfit five times a day
- How to say ‘no’ gently when she asks to marry you
- The names of all four members of Little Mix
- How to behave at a pop concert
- How to tie ballet shoes
- How to cartwheel
- How to get chewing gum out of long hair
- What objects in the house make a great popstar microphone
- The dance moves to the Macarena
- How to make a pair of fairy wings
- How to be a make-up model and wear eyeshadow and lipstick
- How to create the ‘perfect bun
- All the words to Olly Murs ‘Troublemaker’
- The difference between fuchsia and pink
- What to do for a spa day at home
- The words to Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’
Dads of daughters know how to dance with her on their feet, and will know exactly how to alleviate a fight between mother and child without upsetting either party.
Wendy Hill, Brand Activation Director for Mattel, which conducted the study for Barbie, said: “By joining in with activities such as cartwheels and playtime, dancing and making fairy wings together, dads are showing their daughters just how much they matter – and that everything they do is important.”
Dads of daughters know it is important to shatter stereotypes – and that girls want to play football, build dens and climb trees too.
The study shows that half of dads know it is important to show their daughters that being kind and brave is more important than being pretty, and when it comes to empowering their daughter, 42 per cent of dads tell their daughters that they can be anything.
Dads help their daughters prepare for the future with 54 per cent thinking that encouraging their daughter’s confidence is one of the most important life lesson they can teach, while 51 per cent try to teach her practical skills.
Letting their imaginations soar is key for a third of dads who believe their daughter’s dolls help foster imagination.
When dads join playtime, two thirds recognise that this helps build their daughters self-confidence and that time spent in her imaginary world is an investment in her real world – while four in 10 wish they could devote more time to playing with their daughters.
Letting her make her own mistakes, teaching her the value of money at an early age and encouraging her to be brave are amongst the other ‘life lessons’ dads try to give their little girls.
And researchers found that for eight in 10 dads with a daughter, empowering them to become strong young women is of utmost importance.
As Dr. Linda Nielsen of Wake Forest University explains in her work, decades of research show that girls who have loving, communicative, supportive relationships with their dads from early childhood on are less likely to suffer from a lack of self-confidence and self-reliance as she grows up.
Wendy Hill, Brand Activation Director for Mattel continues: “A huge part of a dad’s role is to empower their daughters to be confident, imaginative and sure of who they are.
Global research shows how time spent in her imaginary world is an investment in her real world, and the importance of nurturing the father-daughter relationship to raise the next generation of girls to know their limitless potential.”