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I Needed A Dad Growing Up

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    I always felt unloved

    and unimportant to my father. Maybe if he was around I wouldn't be gay. He could have taught me different. I really feel like I missed out on all of the dad and son stuff. Like baseball and fishing and all of that. I used to hug big bundles of pillows and pretend it was my dad.
    algorythm algorythm 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 11, 2014

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    I read some of the stories here, and most of those are wayyy worse than mine. I felt like an ungrateful, spoiled brat, compared to all those people who have much more valid reasons...
    Forrestgump93 Forrestgump93 22-25, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    okay so .. this is very hard for me to talk about. I never told it to anyone. not ever. I could never open it up. even though it is healthy to talk to people but how can i when...
    quinnamore quinnamore 16-17, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    So, my "dad" is a gamer, (I put that in quotes because he's just dating my birth mother) but not the kind I hoped I would get when I wanted one. He's more of the "sit in the...
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    I have had a backwards relationship with my dad. He was a great "kid dad" but has become a selfish bully since I became an adult. That is not to say events happened when I was...
    ChiChi816 ChiChi816 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Love my dad he was stuck with 2 bratty spoiled girls and then my brother came he thought that would make his odds better , nope then my baby sister came , lmao ! It's funny I still...
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    My dad has been dead for almost 4 years now. I have been missing him a lot more now and even more today BC it's Father's Day. I just want to hug him and I want to sit on his lap. I...
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    Happy Father's Day to all of the men who are real Dads to their kids... Most men can produce a child, but being a true Dad is truly awesome! My Dad was wonderful & I was so...
    dandylion7 dandylion7 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    My two sisters and I woke up early this morning to make my dad a huge breakfast feast. He walks into the kitchen all cool and says "Wow is this for me?" Like no it's for mom! Haha...
    anonamanda001 anonamanda001 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    Here's hoping all you amazing EP dads know just how much you are loved, appreciated AND needed...today and every day!
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    As I sit in my bedroom,memories of my Dad race through my mind.Today is Father's day and my dad is not here.My Dad was the best Father a girl could ever ask for.I miss his smile...
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    Happy Fathers Day to all you EP dad's I spend this day with many influential men in my life, not just my dad. So often these special days are recognized by many for those who have...
    MzPhoenix MzPhoenix 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 21

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    happy father's day, daddy Rick and daddy Coary. thank you for taking me it when I had no one. (': you too been the best dad's I could ever ask for, thanks for ep I met you too...
    crazyhyperkid crazyhyperkid 13-15, M 1 Response Jun 21

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    Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there.I was lucky enough to have a very loving dad. Of course, when I was younger I though that he must hate me (he was strict growing up...
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    I'm 17 and I'm growing a very fat lil belly
    fantasypiggy227 fantasypiggy227 22-25, F Jun 20

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    Well Father's Day is tomorrow and I'll tell you I'm greatful to still have my dad. I mean I'm greatful for both of my parents, but most of my friends no longer have their dads. It...
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    mistreszmayhem mistreszmayhem 18-21, F Jun 20

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    Im Subha From India..My dad left me when I was only one year old. I'm now 19 and wonder sometimes why he left me. Why would you leave your daughter behind?. Sometimes I think to...
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    I'm a naughty girl and need my punishment.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 18

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    Ok I now hate us a strong word but if u really mean it say it! Well This is my story..My mom and my dad got married when they where 21-27 my mom had my big brother cameron with...
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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...
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    I don't think it was intentional. I think my parents tried very hard to give me a good life. So if I expressed anger, they reacted as if I was ungrateful for all they did for me...
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    but luckily at a very young age I learned to think for myself and do what I needed to do.
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