An athletic field can be a place to bond with your daughter

If you're a father, you may equate tossing a ball around in the backyard or shooting baskets in the driveway as the kinds of activities that are primarily enjoyed by boys. But sports can also be a great inroad for bonding with your daughter.

Practicing and playing sports is a shared activity that allows fathers and daughters to spend time together and develop a profound level of intimacy. At least that is what a study conducted at Baylor University led researchers to believe.

Forty-three daughters, all at least 22 years of age, were interviewed as part of the study. Many of these women said that they grew closer to their fathers after they started participating in sports. A father who engaged in athletic activities with his daughter would become her "primary playmate" as the daughter would learn how to take risks, compete and stand up for herself.

By practicing or coaching your daughter, you can give her your undivided attention, which can mean a great deal. It lets you share an important and special part of her life, allowing you to become both a father and a close confidant.

But getting the time necessary to help your daughter play a sport or to engage in any other shared activities can be difficult if you and her mother are getting a divorce. If such is the case, you likely want a parenting plan that grants you favorable custody or visitation rights.

Creating a parenting plan is the most important part of ensuring that you are able to share plenty of time with your daughter. And sometimes, a father has to work aggressively to get favorable custody terms. Therefore, you might want to enlist the help of a savvy Florida fathers' rights attorney who can act on your behalf in an effort to make sure that your time-sharing rights are recognized and honored.

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