A father or father figure is important in developing a child's confidence. Daddies encourage risk-taking and help kids sort out how adult relationships should work.
But, fathers aren't always available. Divorce, imprisonment, abandonment and death could mean pop isn't there.
Fatherless daughters feel isolated. How a man treats her mother informs a daughter's relationship choices. These girls tend to put their feelings last. They don't know how to handle some aspects of relationships. Their emotions will change as they sort things out.
Mothers of fatherless daughters are tasked with stability and strength. Mom serves as both parents. Allowing space for daughters to find their path helps. It's important not to trash talk the absent father, because the daughter is still composed of his genes.
If you grew up fatherless, your emotions may be masked. Consider how it's affected you, and learn from the experience. Know it doesn't define who you can be.
Listen in as Denna Babul shares what it's like growing up fatherless.