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What Would You Change About Your Relationship With Dad?

Through the course of our lives, it’s amazing how many times our relationships with our dads will change. And somewhere along the way they can become anywhere from the person we trust most to the person we get along with least. It’s a rough road — what relationship doesn't come with its challenges? — and even in the best father-daughter relationship, nothing is perfect. With Father's Day just a few days away, I want to know what you would change about your relationship with your dad if you could, or would you want to change nothing at all?

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Janine22 Janine22 9 years
My dad never understood how much insensitive comments he made hurt me growning up. I have never been close with him, especially since my parents divorce. He is getting counselling now, and starting to realize certain things. So things are slowly getting better. But I wish he could have realized it a long time ago. Suffice to say, fathers day is awkward.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
Oh, the relationship with my "dad" is a difficult one. My parents never got married, my dad was never in my life and I didn't meet him until I was 17. We're trying to talk now and get along but it's difficult but we're trying. I had a bad step dad and no real father figure. Eh..happy father's day.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
My father and I get along fairly well however there is something I would change; I wish I could have been more emotional with my father. The two of can talk about movies, music, etc.. however if I have an emotional issue I go straight to my mom. I tend to close-up when I have to explain my issues to my dad. I love him however his advice to friendship issues is just move on and dump the person (although he phrases it differently.) I also wish he wasn't so judgemental of others; that is tough to deal with. Although my mom has always said that I have my father wrapped around my finger; my dad is amazing in the sense he would do pretty much anything for me. I love him.
melaniestylereflection melaniestylereflection 9 years
My dad and I along great, we can be the best of friends one day and the next hate each others guts. He's still a great dad though. I wish that I had more communication and better understanding from him. I would change our relationship to where I can tell him anything like I tell my mom and he'd be okay with it. And now that I'm moving out of his home, it's going to put a strangle on our relationship now.
thewavingcat thewavingcat 9 years
i would change everything. :/
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 9 years
Umm..I wouldn't change anything about my dad except for his love of Florida lol. No he is really great and I guess there are little things I would want to change, but since I can't think of them they obviously don't bother me too much. I love him! <33
ang1885 ang1885 9 years
He was a jerk to me as a kid and as a teenager. I would change him being a jerk even though I've given him many chances to change. This will be the first year without my grandfather and he was always such a great father to my mom and grandfather to all his grand kids and he's the only man I'll ever look up to as a dad which is why he walked me down the aisle.
emalove emalove 9 years
I wouldn't change a thing...I have an amazing relationship with my dad, we're super-close, and I've always been a "daddy's girl".
neonbee neonbee 9 years
Nothing really! He's great and I've always felt secure when I'm with him. I'm closer to him than my mum, much to her dismay. But now, he lives far from me so I miss him a lot. Talking to him on the phone is pain though because we're always quiet for some reason.
workin9to5 workin9to5 9 years
Aw man, I hate Father's Day. My dad has passed on AND it falls on my birthday this year. Downer. Things were pretty good with him; I wouldn't change much. I wish I'd spent more time talking in-depth with him about life, work, and other stuff, but I did enjoy our silly times of just watching TV and movies together. I loved how he laughed. Crap this is getting me all sappy and sad, I need to stop.
millarci millarci 9 years
Don't get me wrong. I love my father and he has helped me become the person I am. However, I really wish he wouldn't take some of my accomplishments so lightly. I feel that that's the reason why my self esteem is so low. For example, when I would make it on the honor roll and tell my dad, he would just simply state 'that's good'. So all my life I just figured that things like making the honor roll is just part of life. Nothing special about it. I didn't feel any pride towards my accomplishments until now. My sister told me that I'm old enough to realize that as long as I'm proud of my accomplishments it no longer matters what anyone else thinks.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 9 years
my parents got divorced when i was 12 and my dad moved 500 miles away, without telling me or my mom. My parents got joint custody of my and my mom dropped my off at my dad's apartment and he wasn't there anymore. I don't think I could ever forgive him for doing that to my mom. He doesn't pay child support or alimony to my mother, so she had to work multiple jobs to be able to keep out house and pay for me to go to college. Now i see my dad once a year, if that. it's just so awkward around him. my mom hasn't remarried or had a serious relationship with anyone, which is disappointing because i really want a "dad-like" figure in my life. i've been dating my boyfriend for 4 years, since my sophomore year in high school.. and the main reason we've been dating so long i think is because i need that guy in my life that i never really had.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
In my opinion, my Dad is as imperfect as fathers come, but I wouldn't change for the world. Having my Dad as he is has shaped who I am. I like who I am. :)
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i wish he lived closer! love my wonderful dad :) he's coming to visit on sunday :woohoo:
HisArmyGirl90 HisArmyGirl90 9 years
As most people would, Id love to change things with my Dad. I was once a Daddy's Girl, now I hardly EVER see him, I think its been a month or so. We txt sometimes but thats it. No phone calls, no "I love yous" we just talk when we need too. Ever since him and my Mom divorced things have been weird with us. I would LOVE to go back to being a Daddy's Girl. To have my Dad there with me on my wedding day, dancing with me. But now, it just seems like a silly little girls dream. Who knows...maybe things might change..I hope. My Fiance doesn't even hear about my Dad. He knows we don't talk much but thats it. I don't think he even knows my dads name...=[ I hate how messed up our relationship is. I want to start doing things with my Dad again.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Oh I wish I lived in the same country (at least) my dad lives. With defects and all he is great!
skigurl skigurl 9 years
wow i'm surprised and saddened by the amount of people who aren't close with their dads i love my dad! we're tight, we do stuff together, and i think he's great! i wouldn't change anything
NLM1212 NLM1212 9 years
Nothing at all, we have a great relationship, my mom on the other hand... This post just reminds me of how these parental relationships are so biased. Around Mothers' Day this site posted a "why is your mom the best story" or something like that, implying we all have the perfect mother daughter relationship. And now for Fathers' day, we get this "what would you change?" like we are all having strained relationships with our dad!? Sorry for the rant, but as someone with a very difficult relationship with my mother, I feel a little ostracized sometimes!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 9 years
Im with Sun_Sun...I think i would be better off just going to the 'Father Store' and starting all over! LoL
A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 9 years
Agreed, silly3!!
looseseal looseseal 9 years
Just one thing: the seething hatred I feel for him, which would require removal of the root of this seething hatred - his mistress. Other than that, everything else is just dandy.
silly3 silly3 9 years
My Dad is fantastic and the only thing I would like to change is to live closer to him. I'm really lucky.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
umm..i would change him...get myself a proper father :)
Berlin Berlin 9 years
My father and I are estranged...I spent 10 years of my life trying to be OK with him not wanting to be apart of his kids' lives (even though i see him every Christmas/Thanksgiving) and spent 2 years after that really trying to give him chances and opportunities to really get close with me, but when he didn't call for my 21st birthday (or send a card, or call for any other birthday ever) or come to my college graduation, or even say congrats on graduating (me and my bro are the only 2 out of our entire extended family to ever GO to college!) and one too many empty promises later....I finally bowed out. We're completely estranged now and I couldn't be happier...I just wish I could change it by having done it sooner!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
Well, there are a ton of things I would change if I could - my dad was way older than my mom so there was a big generational difference between the two of them, he was very old fashioned and didn't even want me wearing pants when I was little. Either way, since he was so much older people use to confuse him as my grandpa and being 10,11,12 I felt embarrassed and ashamed of him, towards the end I was really nasty about things and I didn't want to spend as much time with him. He died when I was 12. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't wish I wasn't such an jerk and that I could have appreciated him the way he deserved.
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