Alex's Answer

Everyone says I have “Daddy Issues” and I have no idea what that means

Your Question

I don’t understand what daddy issues are everyone keeps telling me i have them what does it mean 


Hi there, 

You are very welcome to Ask Alex. Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your question. We think you are very brave to do this. 

It sounds like you are wondering what “Daddy Issues” are and from our understanding, this may mean that you might have some difficulty forming relationships, as you are growing older. This phrase is often applied to those who have grown up without a constant father figure – those of us whose dads haven’t been in our lives. There appear to be several definitions of the “Daddy Issues” phrase though. Do you have someone in your life you usually turn to if you are unsure about something or if you are looking for some advice?  

It is important that we talk about our feelings and what is going on for us. Sometimes speaking with a trusted adult can be helpful. They may be able to offer support and advice for dealing with your feelings around what is going on for you right now. This trusted adult could be a parent, teacher, aunt, uncle, etc., whoever you feel comfortable with and who will take the time to listen and help you.   

If you are not yet ready to discuss it with your trusted adult, you can always talk to Childline by phone on 1800 66 66 66, by text to 50101, or through our web chat on Childline is here for you anytime and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The services are free and confidential. We are non-judgmental and we will not tell you what to do. We can help you explore what options may be available to you.     

To end off, it is very important that you know that you have a right to be safe and protected and absolutely no one has the right to be unkind to you. 

Look after yourself,     



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