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Reaching Out For A Father

Reaching Out for a Father

Last week I spent quite a bit of time talking about dealing with Father Hunger. There was so much more I wanted to say. I mean we could spend hours talking about this important issue. So I want to add a couple more thoughts about it. Make sure you read last week’s blog, How to Deal with Father Hunger. It will help this blog make more sense.

  1. If you are suffering from Father Hunger, then it’s important, if at all possible, talk to your father about it.That may be impossible for you because you may not even know who or where your birth father is. But if you can contact him and it’s safe, it’s real important you communicate with him. I received a comment from

    Sandra this week which made a lot of sense.

    Someone who is suffering from father hunger should have a talk with their father about their feelings. Howeversome fathers don’t even want to take the time to listen to [their] child who is [dying] inside of painI can’t guarantee that it will work, but most of the time it does, and he will probably take the time to think about all this and will want to retry the father daughter or son relationship.

    I agree with Sandra. Trying to talk to your father may not work, but it’s worth a try. Maybe he won’t respond to you the way you hoped he would, but at least you will have a clear conscience knowing you have done everything in your power to make peace with him.

    When you communicate with your father, you need to first build him up and thank him for whatever he has done for you, even if it’s something very small or insignificant. I am a father, and I know from experience every father craves to be respected by their children, even if they have done horrible things. I mean, think of it. Your father has a lot of hurts too. He, no doubt, didn’t have the best relationship with his father either. That is not to excuse what he has done or failed to do. It just means he needs your compassion and love too.

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    You may want to write out how you feel about your hurt and your relationship with him. Sometimes it’s easier for fathers to read about how you feel rather than hear it directly face to face. You may want to ask your mother, or another relative, what they think is the best way to confront your father. Confronting you father will not be easy, but it could do wonders for your relationship, and help you grow as a person.

  2. If you suffer from Father Hunger, begin to look for a stand-in father.You may think a stand-in father won’t work for you, but I have talked to many students over the years where a substitute father or mentor has made all the difference in the world. Just knowing someone really cares for you can make a huge difference.

    Laura’s comment says it all:

    I have gotten the chance to get closer to my band director at school. He has helped me so much this year. He is like a dad to me

    But how does one go about finding a father figure? Morgan sent me some great advice:

    I think they should take a good, long look at their Father Hunger and ask themselves, “is this solvable?” If it’s possible to talk to their fathers about their Father Hunger, do so!! If not, I think they should go to a grandpa, uncle, or even an older brother they know loves them, and just spend time with them. Chat with them. Go to lunch with them. Everything that those suffering from Father Hunger would want to do with their dad (like go out to lunch, play sports, play a board game, etc)..It certainly wouldn’t replace their dad, but it would bring some love from a male father figure into their life and fill some of that void.

    Another idea in finding a stand-in father is to go to your church or place of worship. Find an older woman whom you trust and ask her to help you find a father figure. She will more likely know who would be the best stand-in father figure at your church you can trust.


Have a great week.

Your friend,

Dawson McAllister Dawson McAllister (born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania) is an American speaker, radio host, and author. He is the founder of Dawson McAllister Association and TheHopeLine and host of the national radio program Dawson McAllister Live, which is aired on Sunday nights. Dawson has been speaking to and in support of teenagers and young adults for over 40 years.
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  • Esther Renee Rodriguez-Gueits

    I was physically, verbally and sexually abused by my stepfather. My own father verbally and physically abused me severely. I am 59 yrs old and the scars from this abuse has made it practically impossible to believe that Jesus (a man) or God (a male figure) could even remotely love me. Therefore, I struggle with my spirituality.

    • Deanna

      The lord has nothing to do with what you go through. If so, perhaps the lord would be controlling everybody. And we are here and we make some of our ‘decisions’. It is no excuse for you having to suffer. It isn’t the lord, but rather the people in this world. And sometimes, even those people who ‘make’ people suffer, suffer too. I understand if you feel if the lord is who he claims to be, who people claim him to be, that he would never allow something so excruciating to happen. But, he didn’t let it happen. I haven’t been abused, so perhaps i have no clue and would be considered an idiot, and maybe even ignorant. The lord may not make decisions for people, and perhaps the people in this world make some decisions. I understand you didn’t make the decision to go through what you have had to go through, but sometimes its the way you see it, or even believe it. The lord loves you, but nobody can make you feel he loves you, until you feel it yourself. I support you. And i hope you get what you need.

  • Foxtrot

    heyyy buddy, i have basically the same story (except instead of walking out he went to prison because he abused me but that’s irrelevant) and I look for father figures in teachers or literature. i wish i could have someone that was allowed to really interact with me outside of school, but hey, it’s better than nothing. stay strong <3

  • Samuel

    Hi.How do I find a stand in father figure? I’m a really reserved person and I don’t know how I’d tell my uncle something like “Let’s go out”. We are not that close, he’s my cousin’s dad and I’m not surrounded by a lot of men.