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Like much of her work, “Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl?” by Jonetta Rose Barras (4/4) was a beacon. My sister and I, and many of our friends, had fatherless childhoods. I constantly see how this affects us in our relationships with men.

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Barras’ examples of the communication skills a girl learns from directly observing her father, i.e., how to interact with half the world’s population, were eloquently stated. Her theory that a child needs the benefit of both parents’ extended families, even if the parents themselves are separated, was profound. If more people embraced these concepts it would certainly lessen the emotional trauma inflicted on children whose parents have separated.

Thank you for sharing Jonetta’s heartfelt insight with us, in what must have been a difficult but important article for her to write.

Arlington, Va.