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Daddyless Daughters

Why I've Forgiven My Father

Kyle McMahon | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Kyle McMahon

I began to think of my father as less of a ghost that haunted me and more as a flawed man that I wouldn't allow to hurt me any longer. It took time and patience, but I stuck with it. Then one day, I was actually able to say the words out loud and with nobody else around: 'I forgive you, father.'

WATCH: How To Parent A Fatherless Daughter

OWN | Posted 07.23.2013 | OWN

Women who have grown up without their fathers often struggle in relationships, as they haven't had a strong male role model to teach them. Whether the...

WATCH: The Absolutely Essential Step In Healing Daddyless Daughters

OWN | Posted 07.20.2013 | OWN

Women who grew up without fathers -- "daddyless daughters," as relationship expert Iyanla Vanzant calls them -- often struggle with their self-esteem ...

WATCH: A Daddyless Daughter's Heartbreaking Story Of Abandonment

OWN | Posted 07.18.2013 | OWN

When Kendall was 8 years old, her father showed up to her private elementary school and said to the teacher, "I'm here to pick up my daughter." As Ken...

Dr. Steve Perry: Promiscuity Is A Form Of Self-Mutilation For Daddyless Daughters

OWN | Posted 03.10.2014 | OWN

For girls who grow up without fathers, it's not unusual to act out sexually and look for validation in all the wrong places. Promiscuity is often obse...

WATCH: The Huge Mistake 'Daddyless Daughters' Make

OWN | Posted 07.17.2013 | OWN

Women who grow up without fathers often struggle with feelings of low self-esteem and unworthiness. Iyanla Vanzant calls these women "daddyless daught...