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By Ernest Hooper, Metro Columnist

Published Tuesday, July 22, 2008 10:08 PM

I don’t want to talk to my daughter about sex. Ever.

I just want to sit on the porch with a shotgun and chase the boys away.

But it’s not that simple for fathers, says Patrick Wanis, a Miami human behavior expert who has a doctorate in health psychology and hypnosis.

In 2006, teen pregnancies rose for the first time in 15 years, and Wanis states in bold terms that the increase can be blamed on absent fathers and fathers who fail to play an active role in bringing up their daughters.

Studies from researchers at the University of Arizona, University of Texas-Austin and Wake Forest University all indicate girls who have positive relationships with their fathers wait longer to have their first sexual encounter.

With an estimated 60 percent of U.S. girls spending at least part of their childhood without a father in the home, the need for dads is increasing. And divorce shouldn’t interfere with their role.

Wanis said fathers can help form daughters’ self-image, self-esteem and self-confidence, and teach them discipline, morals and values.

“Dads need to spend more time with their daughters, ask more questions, express sincere interest, listen attentively and openly express love and affection,” Wanis said.

As the father of a 6-year-old girl, I’m a few years away from this stage. But wow, I can’t believe I have to do all that. What about mom?

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