Do any of us ever make it out of childhood without scars?
For most people, deep-seated insecurities have been the direct result of parental shortcomings, but can we blame them for not knowing what they didn't know?
Body positivity guru Ashley Graham has spoken candidly about the impact her father's mocking comments had on her growing up, telling Good Morning America that parents should never underestimate just how much their opinions matter to their children, even into adulthood.
"Parents need to know that they are shaping the future of their children. Words have power. The things that you say to yourself as a parent – the things that you say maybe even just one time to your children... they take it into their real world and into their [lives] and beyond."
Using criticism instead of encouragement may have been a huge part of parenting back when Ashley and the rest of us were growing up, but that was before the internet.
Redditer @dogidoga_100 took to the popular r/AskReddit forum with the question, "What is something you wish your father knew about girls when you were growing up?"
Aimed at the "daughters of Reddit," @dogidoga_100 managed to pull both a daddy-how manual of sorts and a much-needed therapy session for all daughters.
Here are the incredible pearls of wisdom we found scrolling through the nearly 3 000 responses the post racked up.
What do you wish your father knew about you growing up? Share your awkward, angry or funny story with us, and we could publish your letter. Anonymous contributions are welcome.