For most of my life I always had both parents in my life, so I could not imagine what it would be like growing up without either one of them. I do know someone who had their father leave her and her two other sisters when she was only two years old. And from what I can tell this had left some deep emotional scars for this individual as she grew older. I would think that women are affected more so than men, by not having a father in their younger years as they are maturing. A father figure is important for a well-rounded life for both guys and gals I believe. But a mother is equally important for the development of a youth as they make the transition from a child to an adolescent. It all depends on the individual make-up of that person I guess. In a way it can make you a better person in many ways and be able to handle situations more responsibly. Nothing is impossible to handle in this world no matter what the situation is. That's my philosophy and if you have that survival instinct instilled within you, you will be able to overcome many obstacles, even growing up without one or both parents. There is always someone watching over all of us-try to remember that and it may ease any inner anxiety you are having about all of your concerns. The best to you.