Good Fathers Touch Their Children

“The one promise I made to myself when my daughter was born is that I would be a better dad to her than my father was to me.,,,It was at age nine, with puberty unfolding relentlessly, that I no longer felt comfortable making non-sexual physical contact with her in ways that I had freely and openly been able to do for nearly a decade. When a caring, competent, protective, nurturing father abruptly stops freely touching you, that’s an unfortunate, disruptive event to body, brain, spirit and to relational wisdom-mind. For daughter and for dad.”

Neuroscientist Mark Brady, “How Estrogen Unexpectedly Turned Me into a Bad Dad

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10 Responses to Good Fathers Touch Their Children

  1. Vernon K Avaritt III says:

    That’s okay. Being a good parent is one of the hardest jobs

  2. Miley Spears says:

    This really is sad. I wish I had a Daddy who was affectionate to me. But I’m lucky because I have a very loving uncle who never stopped. đŸ™‚

  3. Mark Brady was kind enough to email us (Alden) the following note which the doctor gave us permission to post here. Mark has a very informative blog on parenting and the brain and we hope you’ll visit it.

    “Hi Alden,

    I’m glad you found the “Touch” blog … touching.

    I hope a few of your readers do as well.

    All the continued best, Mark”

  4. Pet Girl says:

    It is so important for fathers to know this. Touch your daughter she loves you!

  5. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    Touch is so important. Skin touching skin is such a wonderful and necessary human connection. Love your children and they will learn to love.

  6. Tom T. Trucker says:

    It can be pretty strange touching a girl’s chest when she starts growing breast buds. You can’t touch them the same without hearing from CPS.

  7. Christian Andy says:

    Touch is healing. Jesus healed by touch.

    “And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.”

    Matthew 14:36

  8. I’d like to clarify that there can be circumstances such as medical reasons that preclude a father touching his children. That does not imply he’s not a good father.

  9. Lady Nigel B says:

    Skin to skin is always in!

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