Fathers Need to Learn That Beating Daughters Won’t Make Them Good Girls

She Matters: In yet another viral video, a dad tries to teach his child a lesson in all the wrong ways.

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I feel for this girl. We don’t know where she was for those three days, but a child who is looking for love and acceptance—or just not to be hit—in all the wrong places needs a hug, a conversation (or several) and a dad who protects her and reinforces her self-esteem, not a father who treats her like she’s an errant prostitute. That doesn’t solve anything.

Demetria L. Lucas is a contributing editor at The Root, a life coach and the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life and the upcoming Don’t Waste Your Pretty: The Go-to Guide for Making Smarter Decisions in Life & Love. Follow her on Twitter.

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