“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” Sigmund Freud

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I think that need is just as strong in adulthood. My sister has suffered abuse at the hand of her daughter’s father both before and since giving birth. It was only a couple months ago that I lie beside her as she cried during her recount of the day’s events and confessed to me that she “just wanted to hear Daddy’s voice” but was fearful of what might happen to him if he got involved.

Domestic Violence victim

Well, he got involved. And her B!+©#A$$ baby daddy bust him in the head with a Snapple bottle.

What happens to a Daddy’s magic when he feels he can’t protect his little girls anymore?

Thinking Dad and newborn

This isn’t the first time he’s put hands on her, and every time Step Dad #1 has tried to handle things like men and have a conversation. Respect my sister’s wishes and just remove her from the situation. But this time, this time was different. He chose to really understand the risk involved with still being “Daddy” for an adult. If he lost his life trying to save one daughter, he’d be leaving behind 3 more and a son with no Daddy to call on. BUT, if he stopped trying to protect his child in need, he would be burdened with guilt if her child’s father took the life of his eldest seed.

Man with hand covering eyes

Is a Daddy’s Duty ever done? When is too old for a child to need their Daddy’s PROTECTION?