Abandonment occurs when a parent walks away from forming a relationship with their child, leaving the child with overwhelming feelings of not being worthy of love.

If a parent decides to leave the family for self-serving reasons and makes no effort to maintain a relationship, if a parent dies by suicide, or if a parent is unable to form a relationship with their child due to an addiction, etc., feelings of abandonment can occur. Intentionally or not, all of these situations communicate to a child, “You are not worth being connected to.”

Being abandoned as a child can lead to problems later in life such as addictions, anger, depression, and low self-esteem. But facing these feelings head on, talking them through, and realizing personal worth despite a parents’ failings, are effective in bringing healing.

There are different levels of abandonment and neglect. A child is considered neglected or abandoned if they are left alone in circumstances where they suffer serious harm, lack adequate food, housing, clothes, medical care, even education or supervision.

Another common childhood experience is being emotionally abandoned by a parent. When parents are dismissive to the point that it communicates, “You don’t matter,” or “Your feelings aren’t important “, making the child feel unloved, unaccepted and misunderstood.

Through blogs, eBooks, stories, podcasts and more find answers to these kinds of questions and much more:

  • Do I suffer from feelings of Abandonment?
  • How can I overcome my feelings of abandonment?
  • What does abandonment have to do with my addiction?
  • Why am I looking for love in all the wrong places?

Most Recent Blogs on Abandonment

Dealing With Abandonment


I’ve written blogs about physical, sexual, and verbal/emotional abuse, but there is one more kind of abuse I’d like to address…neglect and abandonment. What Is Neglect and Abandonment? You can be considered neglected or abandoned when you don’t know where your parents are, if they have left you alone, or..Read more

How To Deal With Father Hunger


I’ve had a few fears about writing this blog. I’ve been afraid it would become too heavy and few people would read it. Then I received your incredible, meaningful, and insightful comments on Father Hunger. I realized then, trying to find healing from Father Hunger is a big, big deal...Read more

Sex and Father Hunger


Sex and Father Hunger I’ve been thinking a lot about why girls give in to guys.  It’s almost at epidemic proportions.  I am saddened when I hear about so many girls who thought they were in love become devastated by giving in to guys when it wasn’t love at all.  So..Read more

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..Read more

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