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I Don't Have Much of a Relationship With My Dad

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    I just want to start off by saying I really

    don't want to repare my relationship with my dad. I only want to share my story. I can't remeber much of him from before my mum kicked him out, and the things I do remeber were good. The first sign of my dad being someone that I don't like is when I was about 8, my brother didn...
    jonesey911 jonesey911 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 31, 2015

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    WOW. So I just had such a moment of clarity.

    My mom and I were talking about something, and it reminded me of something I had been wanting to ask. Not too long ago, my aunt had told me about when I was little. She basically said my dad left when I was little to live and work down in Virginia with my uncle. And when he...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 20, 2015

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    My dad disowned me when I cut him off

    financially. Growing up he had many wives and affairs and as a result lots of kids to support. Since I was the oldest unmarried child from his first marriage, he expected me to assist him financially when he got retrenched. I eventually put a stop to it. He wasn't there for me...
    BeauKitty BeauKitty 26-30, F Jul 4, 2015

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    I don't have much of a relationship today with

    my dad, but that's due to my mom. I moved out of state in 2003 to be with the love of my life. Since then, my parents have only come out to visit me once, when I got married in 2004. Meanwhile, I have been back three times, all for family functions, and at times when money was...
    FTDFTL79 FTDFTL79 36-40, M 2 Responses Dec 6, 2015

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    He asks "how is everything" every

    once in a while through a text and invites me on holiday vacations every other year, but other than that I don't really talk to him. Sometimes when he asks he sounds genuine, but I'm so used to not really talking to him that I don't even know what to say or where to start. When...
    Hydrangea745 Hydrangea745 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 31, 2015

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    I actually don't even know him.

    I only remember one memory of him and I which is when my dad picks me up.
    KindredKings KindredKings 13-15, M Aug 7, 2015

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    I started school and normally I get s text

    saying have a good first day of school but I didn't and I'm breaking down like a little ****! I lost it today so bad! he can't just forget me and move on to his new life. I'm still here he still made me! I don't get why it's so hard to just remember your kid how the **** do you...
    steal11 steal11 18-21, F Aug 31, 2015

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    my dad is not a very good person

    and I can't really like him because he never give me a reason to love him, my dad has never liked me anyway so when he finds out that I am gay he is going to disown me and I won't have anywhere to go
    loneleyboy loneleyboy 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 4, 2015

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    I love him, he loves me,

    but he doesn't have time to love me. He is always working.
    VioletSea VioletSea 16-17, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    So my Dad has a history of.

    ..questionable behavior with younger women under his supervision, whether as a teacher, or retail manager. Nothing that was ever reported in such a way to show up on a record, or get him in legal trouble, but there's enough smoke to make me believe the victims. I am even friends...
    jdhammer84 jdhammer84 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 5, 2015

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    Sometimes my dad asks me

    why I give/show more affection/love to my puppy than him. It's funny. Because when he's in this random "don't know why he's mad" mood, he treats me like crap. So yeah.
    LittleUnicorn LittleUnicorn 18-21 2 Responses Dec 30, 2015

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    My dad was In and out of my life

    for years and it always made me sad that he wouldn't stay and as much as I wanted to say I don't want to see you anymore I couldn't because an infuriating part of me will always love him so no matter what he does I'll always be waiting for his next visit because the idea of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 6, 2015

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    Ang012685 Ang012685 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 4, 2015

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    So my dad walked out on my family several times,

    but my mom keeps taking him back. A couple years ago, he left again. He filed for divorce, left my mom. I'm grown and have a family of my own, by the way. I know I only really see one side of the story, but it sounds like he was a real jerk in the divorce proceedings. He...
    racethesun racethesun 26-30, M Nov 17, 2015

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    Anymore. Not since his affair with my mom.

    . No even before that when I became a teenager I shut him out. Good reasons to. He praised my sister and only yelled at me. I'm a disappointing crybaby failure to him.
    AfterFall AfterFall 22-25, F Apr 13, 2015

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    I was always afraid of my Dad

    and we had a very troubled relationship. He was very critical of me and I could never please him. He was very domineering and strict with me as a teenager which resulted in my rebellion. After my mom died, I had about 10 years of time to develop a relationship with him. By this...
    jburns1947 jburns1947 61-65, F 1 Response Jan 24

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    Mistakes Made Us Distant From The Start

    My father and I have never been close, which has to do with the decisions he made early in my mother's and my life. My father told my mother her boyfriend (the love of her life) was cheating on her so he could be with her. My mother later found out this was not the case, she...
    Karlee93 Karlee93 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 25, 2013

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    I broke off any ties with my father at a young

    age. He was a druggie and alcoholic. It sorta bugs me when people ask,what about your dad? Like I want to talk about a man who abused me and my family.
    Amaretsu Amaretsu 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 6, 2015

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    He was always an *******.

    Things happened and things were said. The way he treated everyone in the family isolated him. Because we all stopped talking to him after we moved out. He sits in his room by himself all day now that he's retired. My mom does her own thing but takes him out to eat or see a show...
    EightDown EightDown 22-25, M Jan 19

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    I used to have a really great relationahip with

    my dad, visit him on weekends, but when I was around 14 he started dating people. It didn't bother me that much its just that he changed. he cared less about me and more about dating. long story short- he got married to a crazy woman, who had it out for me so i never saw him...
    PoisonedxxApple PoisonedxxApple 18-21, F Sep 1, 2015

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    He was beating me as child

    and my mom stopped me for visiting him from when I was 4. But she wanted me to get to know my dad, so she arrange to meet tougher with supervisor every second Friday after school. When I was around 12, I wanted to stay with him for weekends... My mom was not happy, but she...
    realcomplicated realcomplicated 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 21

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    My dad has anger issues

    and is very insecure and pins them on other people. It's always a constant back and forth w him. It's like there's two people there, the nasty grinch and then my hero. But it's been like that for as long as I can remember. I keep my distance for my own sake but I've been going...
    AnaValencia AnaValencia 16-17, F Aug 6, 2015

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    I used to have a great relationship with my

    father he was an alcoholic but he wasn't mean. after I moved away from home he found Christ which is wonderful but it changed him and so much he wasn't fun to be around he was annoying. somebody told me something about when I was little and I asked my dad I started to drink but...
    shawncie shawncie 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 18, 2015

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    He barely was present during my childhood

    because of work and god knows I don't hate him for it because he did it for me and my silbings but I am not going to lie because this affect our relationship and now he's like a stranger to me. Even worse with the divorce because now I don't see him nor talk to him. I don't want...
    OrangeCaramel OrangeCaramel 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 31, 2015

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    I swear it bothers me to my core to see my

    so called dad trying to talk to a 20 something year old. I swear he only goes for young short good lookin girls but not well rounded lookin older WOMEN. he's almost 50 and the girls he talk to are young enough to be one of his kids. he wont go for older women which idk why but...
    BlueMoonx BlueMoonx 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 6, 2015

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    FallenOptimist22 FallenOptimist22 22-25 2 Responses Jul 4, 2015

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    It's friendly. It's cordial.

    We talk around things. It's a "solid" relationship. The problem is that he doesn't understand me at all. I should say that that's not really a problem, that's just how it is. Part and parcel of how everything is what it is. I don't want it to be different. He's got a psychotic...
    IgnatiusJReilly IgnatiusJReilly 41-45, M 4 Responses Dec 1, 2015

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    that is an understatement on my part.

    i have no relationship with him...sure ive tried over the years. and i guess he has too a point. i am the oldest of 4 kids plus the only daughter...but my dad divorced me when he divorced my mother...and too put the icing on the cake..he completely disowned me when i got...
    moongoddess35 moongoddess35 31-35, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    He's such an ******* I just hate him

    for never being here and I hate my moms boyfriends to
    CaseyCutiePie CaseyCutiePie 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 31, 2015

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    He was a physical and emotional abuser of my

    mom, me & Siblings, I don't know how my mom married this stupid guy.... !!! But to be honest he changed my life to choose right path and achieve good great heights in life. hey.. it does't mean that he showed me right path in life... I never teach me how to become a good...
    bak4u bak4u 26-30, M 2 Responses Sep 1, 2015

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    Between the screaming swearing drinking

    and verbal abuse, how am I ever supposed to get a word in when all I can say is sorry for no real reason other than to calm him down and make him feel correct...
    Jnstoneami Jnstoneami 22-25, M Nov 18, 2015

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    FaitAccomp1i FaitAccomp1i 70+, M 2 Responses Jul 4, 2015

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    I suppose it's difficult to have a relationship

    with some one you only see a couple of days a year, so yeah.
    QueenVen QueenVen 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 24

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    I invited him to my graduation at my community

    college and he said he would try to make it there. I gave him one last chance to prove to me that he cares enough about me to go to this graduation that only happens once in a lifetime yet he failed miserably. Two days before graduation he texted me he can't make it because of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 16, 2015

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    I love my dad and I've done a lot of stuff with

    him over my life, but I feel like his alcoholism and attitude toward my mom has really sullied my view of him
    will1982 will1982 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 21, 2015

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    I love my father. When I was little he was my

    hero. When I was about five my parents lost their home. My father left. My parents separated and my dad moved to another state. He would visit a few times a year. Mainly on holidays until I was 13. Then there was a big change. I had been living with my mother in a rental home...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 17, 2015

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    I use to have a great relationship with my

    father until I turned 13 it all changed. My father was caught talking to young children online, and he is now in prison for life. Leaving his wife to raise 5 daughters (who could have very well been victims of his perversion), my life has been nothing but a struggle since he was...
    lonelyproblems lonelyproblems 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 6, 2015

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    Well this has been going on

    for a while, but my dad basically feels that I pushed him away, while he feels this way, he is a introvert, very bold about how he feels, and he has no trust in me, which was never lost? I guess never gained? But I have no mom, so it's just him, he left her while I was 3 months...
    linkin15 linkin15 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 18, 2015

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    To put it in a way most people would understand,

    I'll give you a visual: Imagine two people. A teenage girl, and a man in his forties sitting at a table in a cafe. They both have a cup of coffee, and maybe something to snack on. The girl stares out the window, and the man just drinks his coffee quietly only saying something...
    lizcosmo1997 lizcosmo1997 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 14, 2015

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    i am lonely without him my dad passed away

    since i was 12 years old..i don't have much time with him..but the last things i remembered about him..he is inteligent,kind,responsible,loving,caring..i love him so much..people saying my dad just perfect..sometime i like to hear my dad love story with mom..my mom saif there is...
    myselfhere myselfhere 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 29, 2015

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    growing up me and my dad would love to watch

    movies and hang out but over the years he got to busy and would only talk to me when he wanted to yell so now I can't stand him
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 25, 2015

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    My parents never got divorced,

    and my dad was always there...just not THERE. He's a very closed off, distant person. We've never really talked to each other. He doesn't know me, and I don't know him. I was raised by my mother, pretty much alone. For a long time, I was angry with my father, and felt like he...
    Bluebutterflywings Bluebutterflywings 31-35, F Jun 15, 2014

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    I'm kind of like whatever.

    I sometimes forget about him.
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F Apr 13, 2015

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    It's mom that took care of the house

    and family, dad still stay with us but doesn't help much. He never want to be blamed even though he made many mistakes, all he thinks about just money. Then we lost our house mostly because of him, he changed just a little bit better but still... I don't hate him, I just never...
    cloversmoon cloversmoon 22-25, F Oct 9, 2015

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