“Whether he’s her greatest hero or worst example of a man, a woman’s father is one of the most significant factors in her long-term resilience, handling of stress, and sense of security,” says Dugan. “Dad plays a critical role in a daughter’s subsequent decisions to build upon, edit, or discard how he’s influenced her formation and sense of self.”
Heather Dugan is an award-winning author, speaker, and relationship expert frequently sourced by national media for insights on events and trends related to relationships, communication, and connection. Her books include The Friendship Upgrade: Trade Clickable Connections for Friendships that Matter (Headline Books, 2019) and Date Like a Grownup: Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt & Advice Between Friends. She is also the Founder/Director of Cabernet Coaches®, an “all ages, all stages” social resource group for women.