This is the person in a child's life who becomes a "guideline
" for males to the child during the developmental years
. Often the biological father
, othertimes a step-parent, uncle, or some other male authority figure.
I did not have a "father figure" growing up; due to an absent father
, and lack of male role models
when I was young. This has lead to many dumb issues I have with men I had relationships
with, and men in general.
When I was young, I decided I needed to become someone males would not want to leave, or ditch. I did this during a developmental period
, all based on the perception of a 5 year old girl. Yeah, yeah .. issues
This all may seem very trite
now, but realizing this as an adult
can help promote healthy relationships