You are not only the first man in your daughter’s life, you are the first authority figure in her life, and your character is invisibly overlaid into your daughter’s image of God. If you are trustworthy, loving, and kind, your daughter will approach God much more easily. He will not be frightening to her. She can understand that He is good, because she knows what goodness in a man looks like.
Research on the influence of a father’s personality on his daughter’s perception of God confirms this. In one study, researchers found a correlation between children’s images of God and those of their father. And girls tend to see more similarities between God and their parents than do boys. A study headed by Hope College professor Jane Dickie found that fathers strongly influenced their daughter’s perception of God as nurturing.