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Fatherless Children

Why I've Forgiven My Father

Kyle McMahon | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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.'

Son To Absent Father: 'We Actually Sat And Joked About You Having A Stroke'

OWN | Posted 12.17.2013 | OWN

For decades, Juba, Chon and Isaam have tried to mend their relationship with their often absent father, John Houston. Not only would John disappear fr...

A Son's Heartbreaking Question For His Absent Father

OWN | Posted 12.12.2013 | OWN

Even as a grown man, Isaam is still struggling with his childhood abandonment by his father. Isaam, who lives in Newark, NJ, says his father has been ...

WATCH: Heartwarming Update On Former NFL Star And His Son

OWN | Posted 09.11.2013 | OWN

Aveion Cason is a former NFL running back who spent nine seasons playing in the pros. He shared on a previous episode of "Oprah's Lifeclass" that he g...

WATCH: How NFL Star Emmitt Smith Fought For His Daughter

OWN | Posted 09.09.2013 | OWN

NFL legend Emmitt Smith was one of the many people to attend the recent "Oprah's Lifeclass" taping in Dallas. Bishop T.D. Jakes and Oprah spent the h...

WATCH: Bishop T.D. Jakes Explains What Every Fatherless Child Needs To Know

OWN | Posted 09.09.2013 | OWN

On an all-new episode of "Oprah's Lifeclass," Bishop T.D. Jakes and Oprah continue the conversation on fatherless children -- the sons and daughters w...

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...

The Art of Letting Go

Kyle McMahon | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Kyle McMahon

I'm beginning to really love who I am. I can honestly say that I never felt that way before. In fact, it was impossible for me. You can't truly love yourself if you haven't forgiven those who have hurt you so badly.

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...

A New Outlook On Father's Day From A Fatherless Son

Kyle McMahon | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Kyle McMahon

This year, I'm thinking about Father's Day differently than I ever have before. I've got a fresh outlook on Father's Day and what it means to me. Father's Day should be a time to celebrate fathers all over.

A Father's Day Interview With Art Alexakis of Everclear

Veronica De La Cruz | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Veronica De La Cruz

Art Alexakis, front man for the band Everclear, was raised by a single mother in a Los Angeles housing project. His deadbeat father inspired him to write one of his most popular songs to date," Father of Mine."

A Father's Day Interview With Art Alexakis of Everclear

Veronica De La Cruz | Posted 08.16.2013 | Parents
Veronica De La Cruz

Art Alexakis, front man for the band Everclear, and I have partnered up this Father's Day to push for Responsible Fatherhood by asking you to sign the Stand Up, Man Up initiative.

My Kids' Father Abandoned Them... But They Don't Need Your Pity

Michele Weldon | Posted 08.14.2013 | Divorce
Michele Weldon

There is another story we must tell in this complicated scenario: the positive one where a father who abandons his children does not have the power to annihilate their futures.

WATCH: Iyanla Vanzant: 'There's An Epidemic Of Fatherless Sons'

OWN | Posted 01.22.2013 | OWN

After watching an episode of "Oprah's Lifeclass," a 48-year-old photographer named Steve wrote to the show's producers for help making it through a tr...

President Obama Disproves the "Broken Home" Theory

Etan Thomas | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Etan Thomas

Although having a single parent household may not be the most favorable situation, it is reality for a quarter of all kids in America today. Why shower them with negative statistics and lower their expectations and possibilities in life?

Fathers Matter "Now" More Than Ever

Francesca Biller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francesca Biller

Male influence in a child's life is invaluable, irreplaceable and necessary for most of us. There, I said it.