Dating a father figure
Growing up, I watched him work even when he was tired, sick and/or miserable to provide for our family.
Every time love entered my life, I, admittedly, compared them to my father.
This love and praise uplifts her in an unspeakable way.
Without this healthy attention and celebration, young girls may develop a distorted perception of self and low self-esteem.
Several studies have suggested that positive father figures and mother figures (whether biological or not) are generally associated with healthy child development, The APA Concise Dictionary of Psychology offers a more extensive definition: "a substitute for a person's biological father, who performs typical paternal functions and serves as an object of identification and attachment.
[Father figures] may include such individuals as adoptive fathers, stepfathers, older brothers, teachers and others." This dictionary goes on to state that the term is synonymous with father surrogate and surrogate father.
The similar term mother figure refers to an older woman.For young girls, the lack of a father’s presence may begin to manifest in how she forms relationships with others.Whether you are a fatherless woman trying to figure out how to love despite your childhood, the mother of a daughter who’s father is absent, or a person who is trying to love a fatherless woman, it’s essential to understand how she may be affected by her childhood experiences and to support her despite her pain. At the age of 5, my daughter began struggling with her physical appearance.Not because other people think I’m bored or lonely.
If I ever decided to bring someone else into my life, I also have to make sure that they’ll be good for my child as well.
Advice: She may fixate on being successful or feel inadequate when she does not feel needed in her relationships.