3 Ways Growing Up Around Women Has Affected Me As A Man [guest blog]

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  • Adanna

    Nice to get an honest, male perspective on this. I’ve brought this topic up with men I’ve dated previously. The majority haven’t had their dad in the home growing up (mostly because they lived in a different country). It’s tough to navigate manhood without any guidance and unfortunately can have a negative impact on their romantic relationships I’ve noticed (to an extent).

    They all said they benefitted or could have benefitted from a father figure at the very least. That’s so needed if the dad isn’t there. I see it with my cousin’s 8 year old. He’s always surrounded by women (his mum, her sisters and grandma). No men. Whenever he’s around my brother (which isn’t often), you can see how he relishes in it and seeks his approval on the smallest things. It’s heartwarming and sad at the same time. Good to hear you’re seeing a therapist. Self awareness is so important!

    • I too have seen the difference in boys behavior that are brought up around women and how they behave around males.
      I’m hoping that these boys grow into men that know how to treat men and their daughters. I recently re-read Chris Gardner’s autobiography and his son’s mother asks him whether he can be a father when he never had one. He too was brought up around women and didn’t mean his biological father until he was 28.

    • Vernon

      Hi Adanna, interesting to hear I’m not the only one who feels like this. I didn’t imagine I was the only one who grew up in a similar situation, but it’s not the kind of thing us guys talk about together so I’ve never had confirmation.

      I was only talking about therapist in a light hearted way, but if I ever felt the need to go I definitely would. Doing this article has definitely made me think about this side of my life though, and become more aware of why I’ve become the person I am today.

      Thanks for your comment. 🙂

      • I too have seen the difference in boys behaviour that are brought up around women and how they behave around males.

        I’m hoping that these boys grow into men that know how to treat men and their daughters. I recently re-read Chris Gardner’s autobiography and his son’s mother asks him whether he can be a father when he never had one. He too was brought up around women and didn’t mean his biological father until he was 28.

        It’s always good to hear a male perspective on such topics because so many boys grow up around generations of women.

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