Thank your husband for what he does provide, and forgive your dad for what he didn’t.

Daughters need their daddies.

It’s true that many single mothers have succeeded in raising intelligent, accomplished and moral women, but daddies are needed. A girl’s relationship with her father is a significant primary reaction to the male gender.

A dad is a daughter’s first male friend, first love, first protector and comforter.

When dads are absent  physically and/or emotionally  little girls often grow up as fatherless daughters and look to their partners or spouses for what they never received from their fathers.  

My father loved me immensely and I adored him, but he wasn’t very present in my childhood.

Our relationship was strained the entire time I knew him. Before he had a chance to make it right, he died suddenly when I was only 11. My mother did a fine job in raising me on her own. I’ve never robbed a liquor store or been promiscuous or set anything on fire, so it’s safe to say that I turned out okay.

But as I get older, I realize just how much I needed my father.

My “daddy issues” bubble to the surface every day of my adult life, and I often turn to my husband to fill the void.

I have an incessant and annoying need for my husband to tell me I’m beautiful. For years, I thought I was just incredibly narcissistic, but I recently learned this requisite stems from the fact that I rarely heard my father praise my appearance. I was overweight the majority of the time that we shared together on this earth. He didn’t live long enough to see me mature and exit my painfully awkward phase.

I always thought he must’ve been ashamed of me. I wasn’t beautiful at all, and he knew it.

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