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Your dad deserves a lot of kudos for who you’ve become – in more ways than you might realise. Even greater reason to celebrate him on 18 June

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    He boosted your self-esteem...

    …if he helped you with your homework, music lessons, sports practice (the list goes on). Why? Well, research suggests that daughters who feel their dads were actively involved in their childhood are likely to become more self-assured adults. So, every time he listened to you massacre Greensleeves on the recorder, he was upping your confidence. Bless him.

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    He made you a good friend...

    …if he came to your school play Every. Single. Year. Children with committed dads are more likely to be popular. Plus, their friendships tend to be conflict-free and based on generosity, too. Double win!

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    He raised your IQ...

    …if he rocked and soothed you as a baby. Being a sensitive and supportive father in the first few months of a newborn’s life is associated with better language development and a higher IQ. Wonder if a cuddle with Dad would still improve your smarts now you’re a grown-up?!

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    He upped your pay packet...

    …if he did the vacuuming as often as your mum! One study suggests that fathers who muck in with the household chores raise daughters who aspire to careers that aren’t just stereotypically female. These women are also more likely to aim for positions of leadership and management. Girl power!

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    He helped your social skills...

    …if he played rough-and-tumble games with you. Parents who conjure up creative, physical games and tasks help their kids’ social skills, as well as teach them to manage emotions such as excitement and aggression. Anyone for a game of Tag?

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Words Danielle Hine Photography Getty Images, Pixeleyes

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