I'm unable to tell you to which extent this is true because I'm not a psychologist, psychoanalyst or some love guru but I can tell you this... I've a great bond with my father and Alhamdullilah, my grandfather, too.
Together, these 2 men have showed me a GREAT deal of how men should be. How men should treat women, how they should treat their wives and daughters. I often find it surreal and saddening that in some societies, daughters aren't valued by their fathers (controversial issue, won't elaborate).
My father is not a man of many words. He's quiet but everyone who's known him for years will tell me how he's a very NICE guy. My late grandmother used to tell my mum how she's so lucky to have him as a husband and seeing how there are some men out there who don't treat their wives well, I fully agree with her.
I recall once when I was a teen, I came home saddened by some things at school and after seeing me upset, my father decided to get me durian pancakes. I love durian but my father HATES them. He can't stand the smell or the taste of it. So for him to get in his car, go to a shop to purchase something he hates and return home to place it next to his sobbing daughter... that's love.
Through the relationship I've with both my parents, I've learnt a lot about what love is. Real love is rarely expressed in the words you say but in the little things that you do. I owe a LOT to my parents for the love they've showed my siblings and I because without them, I wouldn't be the person that I am today.
People who get to know me often tell me that I'm very independent. I don't rely on anyone for anything, even for emotional stability which I think is important. No one can provide you with happiness other than yourself and at this point in my life I can safely say I feel very complete. Alhamdullilah.
I don't feel the need to put my happiness or worth in the hands of another person, material gains or achievements. I'm a very content person and I'm looking forward to discovering the world, seeking knowledge and improving myself as a person throughout my life.
So a message to fathers with daughters:
To my father, thank you for treating your 2 daughters wonderfully. Only Allah can ever repay you for your deeds. But to other fathers, or men who's going to be a father, all the quality time you spend with your daughter(s) will pay off because the strongest force that pushes a person to become great is love.