Expert Iyanla Vanzant says a father acts as a role model for his son. For a daughter, she says, a father teaches a girl how to be with herself as a woman and how to have nonsexual relationships with men. Watch as Iyanla explains the importance of a father in a girl's life and the three ways women become daddyless daughters.
Shanon didn't know her father until she was 15. Then as an adult, she stayed in a toxic relationship so her three girls didn't grow up without a father like she did. Iyanla says Shanon is exhibiting one of the ways daddyless daughters manifest their pain. The second-most common way is promiscuity. Find out why expert Dr. Steve Perry says promiscuity is a form of self-mutilation.
Relationship expert Iyanla Vanzant says daddyless daughters have a treasure chest of 'uns': feeling unwanted, unloved and so on. Find out why Iyanla says every daddyless daughter needs to unpack her 'uns' and redefine the story she believes about her life.
When she was 8 years old, Kendall's father came to school to pick up who he said was his daughter and left with his girlfriend's child instead. Since then, Kendall says, she's suffered from a fear of abandonment and has trouble trusting others. Watch as Iyanla works through this hurt with her.
Sarah from Brisbane, Australia, was tired of dating unavailable men, she says, so she has since shut herself off completely. Now, she wants to know how to let the right people into her life. Watch as Iyanla explains the 90-day rule she believes all women should follow.
In the second part of this discussion, Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant address an audience of fatherless daughters who are ready to heal, and coach the women through that process of forgiveness and letting go.
Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant address an audience of fatherless daughters, who reveal how their lives have been affected by their fathers' absence.
When Aveion Cason had a son of his own, this former NFL player and fatherless son was absent in his child's life, continuing the cycle. With Iyanla's support, Aveion's 13-year-old son, Aveion Jr., opens up to his dad for the first time.
Traditionally, fathers are thought of as disciplinarians and providers, but according to our panel of experts, men need to rethink their roles. Watch as Iyanla Vanzant, Geoffrey Canada and Dr. Steve Perry redefine what it means to be a father.
Whether you're an absent father or a dad who feels disconnected from his son, Geoffrey Canada says there are concrete action steps you can take to reestablish the father-son bond. Watch as he walks through eight things you can do today.