FATHERHOOD: A DAUGHTER’S STORY (Series)
A young girl’s connection with her father carries much weight in her experience. Teen Voices Rising participants write about the complexities of their father-daughter relationships and how it has affected their lives.
A father is supposed to love and protect his daughters. He’s supposed to not let any boy harm them. He would call his daughter, “My little girl.” He melts in her hands, and loves and cherishes his princess, right? Unfortunately, it’s not always as sugarcoated and sweet as movies make it out to be. Sometimes, there’s no such thing as a “daddy’s little girl.” Many daughters are relentlessly bullied by their own fathers. A daughter wonders why he would say such hurtful things. She knows he likes to tease and play around, but she doesn’t know when he’s serious and when he’s “just kidding” -- if he ever is anymore. His daughter -- his first child -- shouldn’t feel like her father loves her younger siblings more than her. Like she’s nobody, like she will never get her father to care for her like he does the others. Even when she’s grown up now -- discovering herself, becoming a young, independent lady -- she feels like her father will never accept her. Never ever. At this rate, she thinks daddy is going to lose his little girl. She wishes it didn’t have to be that way, but what can she do?
The author's name has been withheld due to the sensitive nature of the content.