Types of Toxic Father-Daughter Relationships

We all have different ways of how we will interact and discipline our kids. But did you know that how you treat your child will, later on, have a great impact on their adult life?

An example of a toxic father-daughter relationship.

You may notice that some find it difficult to interact with others, while others do not. According to studies, a daughter’s actions depend on how their father treats them.

You may not realize it, but your daughter’s behavior depends on the relationship she has with you.

Treating your daughter right will benefit both of you. You might not see it now, but you’ll see the outcome once they start their adult life. Steering clear of “toxic dad” traits is one thing that can help you be the father your daughter wants you to be.

Here are the types of toxic father-daughter relationships you should avoid.

The Absent Dad

This is the type of dad who walks out on their family’s lives. In general, a father who leaves his family can be very unhealthy. This can develop a fear of abandonment and cause emotional stress for your daughter.

It can also apply to dads who are in prison. Their children grew up without a fatherly figure. They have no one to go fishing with or talk to when they get bullied. The extremely high cost of prison calls doesn’t help either. Most families can’t afford to talk to their loved ones in prison as much as they want to.

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The Deceased Dad

While this is already out of your control, still, this can be very traumatic to your daughter. Same with “the absent dad”, this can also leave a fear to your daughter that all men will leave them.

The Distant Dad

The type of dad who is physically present but emotionally absent. Aside from your physical presence, your daughter needs an emotional connection too. Without this, your daughter might feel neglected and unloved. She might end up having problems understanding herself and her future partner.

The Unfaithful Dad

A father who cheats to his wife is a cheater to his whole family. Hence, your unfaithfulness does not only apply to your partner, but to your daughter as well.

This is very unhealthy for your daughter for it can affect her relationships with others. Your daughter may have trust issues and may generalize that all men are all cheaters.

The Addicted Dad

Now, this type of father-daughter relationship is very frustrating. Fathers who are into addiction creates estrangement to his child. Having an addict dad could be harmful because there’s a huge possibility that your daughter may end up doing the same thing that you’re doing.

The Abusive Dad

This type of dad is extremely traumatizing. Sexual and physical abuse can have psychological effects on your daughter.

This is not normal behavior and your daughter should never experience this. Unfortunately, there are a lot of women who were sexually abused by their own fathers. Surveys show that women who were sexually abused may have moral behavior problems.

The Critical Dad

“The Critical Dad” are those who have high standards that are often impossible to meet. While there’s nothing wrong in setting your goals high for your daughter, but this may cause stress to her.

Too much pressure can be mentally stressful for everyone. If your set standards were not usually met, your daughter may feel like they’re a failure. This often results in low self-esteem and a lack of confidence.

The Narcissistic Dad

These types of dads are those who are self-centered and arrogant. They always do anything to get what they want even at the means of damaging his family, which it usually does. They lack empathy and a sense of morality.

This toxic attitude usually creates a huge gap between the father and the daughter. If you’re a narcissist type of dad, there’s a huge possibility that your daughter may adopt this habit.

Fathers could be harsh or fair, affectionate or distant, supportive or not. All these have effects on your daughter’s emotions and beliefs that affect their adult life. That’s why it’s very important for a child to know and feel that they are important to their fathers.

About Franchette Jardin

Agatha has done some extensive research in the past about prison and life inside one. Now she writes prison-related articles to help inmates cope and begin a better life after.

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