• Shakina Cooley

Things I Wish My Daddy Would Have Taught Me

1. You are beautiful, whole, enough all by yourself. So many of us fatherless daughters struggle with feeling less than and seek the attention and validation from men that we never got from our fathers. Unfortunately, there’s also a large number of us who don’t recognize it for what it is.

2. Respect yourself and your body and men will be forced to do the same. Command respect and don’t settle for anything less. Be careful who you give your body to. No matter how many things have changedsome things still remain the same. If you’re perceived as a ho, men will treat you that way.

3. Men need to feel wanted/needed just as much as women do. It’s okay not to always be strong/independent. Submission is NOT a bad word and can actually be a GOOD thing when it’s done with the right person. You DON’T have to do it all! Go on and let him think you’re too weak to open that jar, girl!

4. This goes right along with number 3, BUT you must be WILLING to let your man lead. I know it can be scary giving someone else control over pretty much anything that has to do with you and your life, however, if you’ve chosen to share your space, life, love with this man, shouldn’t you also trust that he has your best interest at heart?

I’m sure there are several other things that we could’ve learned sooner if we’d had fathers around, but that’s all I’ve got for now. Let me know in the comments if there’s anything YOU can think of that I left off the list!

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