I am a single dad to a 10 year old daughter who will be 11 next month. I have developed an extreme hopelessness and utter sadness recently about all of the years that have passed in my child's life. I will sit in her room on her bed and just cry looking around at her stuffed animals and dolls that she use to enjoy. I think about all the memories of her as a child and how innocent children are. I was a decent dad, but not the best dad I could have been. I have always provided financially for my daughter and given her a safe home, as well as many luxuries many kids don't have. I feel, however, that I have not provided the type of emotional support and spiritual support that a kid deserves. I have been plagued with depression and anxiety most of my adult life which has hindered my ability to parent to my fullest potential. My deepest feelings of guilt and sadness come when I think about my daughter's loss of innocence. She is at the stage when kids do anything they can to fit in...or be ostracized or bullied. I know that kids are maturing a lot faster, and I have already found scraps of paper with boys names and phone numbers on. I can't even bear to try to start a conversation about it with her, so I always just say in a round-about manner that boys won't bring her happiness and that she needs to learn to find happiness from within. I tell her to focus on school and she will be able to go anywhere she wants in life. I just can't bear to think my little girl is slowly losing her innocence.