Growing Up Little

A woman exploring the world of BDSM and sharing what she discovers…

Daddy Doms and Littles, Some Basics

on December 7, 2013

I was approached by someone kind of new to the entire Daddy Dom and Little thing, asking me some questions that I think ALOT of people have.  So… I want to share with you guys, some of what I wrote.

Disclaimer:  I’m not an expert on the DD/lg dynamic and I certainly don’t claim to be.  I don’t think anybody has the right to claim to be an expert on it (regardless of their years of experience in the lifestyle).  I’m simply expressing my own experiences and thoughts.

It is difficult to find good information online about the DD/lg dynamic.

The important thing to remember is that the information that you do find… there is no right or wrong and there is certainly no rule book out there, so please don’t let anyone tell you there is.

It’s like any other relationship… whatever happens between two consenting adults, is what happens.  What those two people deem is right for them… guess what?  It IS!  The word two is underlined for a really good reason – it isn’t about what is right for just the Dom, it’s about what is right for both of you and the two of you decide what that is.

Saying that… there certainly are common things that happen within the DD/lg dynamic but nobody should tell you… ‘you have to do this’… or ‘He has to do that’ or ‘this is the way it has to be’.

You’ll develop your own unique dynamic between the two of you.  No two relationships are exactly the same (thank goodness)!

You might try things you like, you might try things you don’t like.

It’s a changing, adapting, self-adjusting thing.


How do you know if He knows what He is doing?

Some good things to think about:

  1. Is He experienced with the lifestyle and if so, what did his last relationship look like?  How did it end?  The best predictor of future behaviour, is past behaviour.
  2. Does He try to tell you… it ‘has to be’ this way… or it ‘has to be’ that way?  If so… big red flag.
  3. Daddy Doms tend to be very nurturing and they often Dominate in a gentler way than your “typical” Dominant.
  4. Does he set a good example in his own life?  Is he in control of his own emotions?  If a Dom can’t control his OWN emotions and his OWN life… what makes you think he should have any business in controlling YOU?  A Daddy Dom should be a good example.  He should be someone who lives his life in a way that you can look up to.  How could you possibly trust him and place yourself, your safety and your well-being in his hands… if he can’t even control himself and his own life?
  5. Daddy Doms aren’t perfect and they shouldn’t pretend to be.  If He claims to be the ‘master’ Daddy Dom – believe me, he isn’t.
  6. What is his motivation?  My Daddy Dom helps me – be me.  He encourages me and helps me constructively.  Daddy does what is best for me.  He always puts my best interests – first.
  7. Do you trust him?  If you don’t – big red flag – rethink putting yourself in his hands.
  8. Can you talk openly and honestly with him?  When you do talk with him, do you truly feel heard?  Healthy communication in a DD/lg relationship is essential.  I believe that having healthy communication in a BDSM relationship is even MORE important than in a ‘regular’ relationship.
  9. Respect is earned, not demanded.  I respect, admire and worship my Daddy because I look up to him, I feel respected by him, I trust him and I adore him.  I could never ‘worship’ someone, who tried to demand ‘worship’ from me.


What sorts of rights does a Little have?

Everything you do with your Daddy Dom… should absolutely be 100% consensual.  If it isn’t… it’s abuse.

There are Daddy Dom’s out there… that abuse women, under the guise of being a Dominant.  ‘Newbies’ are particularly vulnerable and guess what?  These abusers and rapists know it and they specifically prey on them.  It’s important to be aware of that.  Many women have been seriously hurt… physically, emotionally, psychologically and sexually by abusers and rapists that claim to be Doms.

Pay attention to your intuition.  Go with your gut.

My Daddy Dom ‘reads me’.  He pays close attention to everything I do.  The way I’m reacting to him… the way I’m breathing, the way I’m moving… if I’m tensing up… if I’m relaxed… the look in my eyes… my body language… all of those things.  He knows me.  That’s a Daddy Dom’s job – to know his Little.  If a Daddy Dom isn’t paying attention like that… big red flag.

You should have a safe word and even a safe signal because a Little can get so deeply into the subzone… that they become non-verbal… unable to even say the safe word.  HE should be the one insisting you have a safe word.  After all… your Daddy Dom is responsible for your well-being and safety during ‘play’… if he isn’t concerned about you having a way to show or tell him that you REALLY mean NO… again – big red flag.

I’ve been with my Daddy for about a year and a half… I have never even come close to feeling the need to use my safe word with him.  Hopefully that will be your experience too.


Ultimately… whatever happens between the two of you… should be for your enjoyment (even if that enjoyment is pain!).  The things you do with him and the way you interact with him… should be a positive experience.  It should feel good.  If it doesn’t… there’s a problem.  Don’t ignore it.  Listen to what your heart and gut is saying.


Something I would really recommend.. join FetLife.  They have groups specifically for Littles, Daddy Doms and the DD/lg dynamic… (as well as a ton of other BDSM related ‘labels’).  These groups post and discuss common issues… common problems… common concerns that come up.  You can ‘meet’ others and talk with others online (if you want to), that share similar interests and you’ll learn a lot from them.  Again… get a wide range of perspectives… no one person is ‘RIGHT’ or doing things the ‘RIGHT’ way.  Reaching out to others in that way… I believe is important.  Your Daddy Dom… shouldn’t be your only link and communication when it comes to things.  He should be encouraging you to reach out to others.  Again… if he doesn’t, big red flag.  I would really encourage you to talk not only to those in a DD/lg relationship but talk to other ‘newbies’ too!  I love talking about the dynamic and I find that some of the greatest stuff comes from talking with others about their experiences, perspectives and opinions.

Oh and just a note… FetLife is free.  There is a section (pictures, videos etc) that if you want to have a ton of access to… you do need to pay for but the site is awesome even if you decide you don’t want to pay a cent.  You can join all the groups you want… set up a profile… post stuff… message people… all that is free.


A lot of what BDSM is about… is in your head.  I truly believe that the vast majority of those into BDSM are what I refer to as ‘real thinkers’.  It’s a lot about what’s going on in your mind… way more than what is simply happening with your body.

Welcome to the journey!



35 responses to “Daddy Doms and Littles, Some Basics

  1. Fondles says:

    I loved this. thanks for sharing. a lot of people think that a Dom has the right to demand your submission, but the think that did it for me wtih MY daddy is that he respects me first and foremost, and listens and never thinks he’s better than me. ever!

    • Thanks for commenting!
      I remember when I first started on this journey (not THAT long ago)… I didn’t know what to expect, I had a million questions…
      I feel lucky that I ended up meeting and developing a relationship with my Daddy – one of the good guys out there.
      It is scary to think that as a newbie… you are SO vulnerable to the guys out there that are using BDSM and the title of Dom… to take advantage, to use and abuse others.
      I’m happy to hear you are with one of the good guys too. 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on daddyslittlehmongslut's Blog and commented:
    Thank you for this

    • Honoured that you reblogged this! Thank you!

      • Honestly I should be thanking you 😉 it was great!! 😉

      • Thanks – that’s sweet! 🙂

      • It’s nice to see all the goods and bad signs as well as a different point of view from another subbie

      • For sure. It’s so nice to talk about the lifestyle with others. There are so many different dynamics out there and I love learning from others.

      • Me too!! It helps knowing I’m not the only person going through the stuff in going through as well as a perspective of what may come ahead 🙂 I also love knowing that I’m not just someone who’s trying out a fad and I’m not the only one curious about embracing all sides of me. Daddy showed me how much my submissive side is soo apparent in my lifestyle before I could even put it into words. Growing up the way I did. I was bred to be a natural submissive. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one 😉

      • Yes! Exactly! My Daddy did the same with me. He made me realize that my ‘Little’ side, is part of who I am AND that is a wonderful thing, a beautiful thing. He encouraged me to let my Little side come out and play. He made it safe for me to really reveal my Little side and let her emerge. It feels really good. It IS nice to know, that there are others out there. 🙂

      • Yes it is. my ex said for years that I had issues because I always needed guidance. Like a “daddy” figure. He said it was exhausting. And eventually… He decided he wanted a divorce It broke me. All my life I had wanted that security. That loving guidance and embrace that was safe and let me embrace all of myself. But I never knew what it was.
        Then Daddy found me. And showed me it wasn’t wrong to want it. It was just my little girl coming out 🙂 so these past few months together, He’s been guiding me. Helping me embrace my little and be proud of her 🙂 and honestly… I am happy 🙂 outside the D/s world it sometimes gets lonely. But it’s honestly because we are still getting to know and care for one another. I just hope it’s will ultimately be fulfilling for all three of us in the end 🙂 your Daddy sounds like a great Daddy 🙂 I hope things go wonderfully for you too!! 🙂

      • My ex-husband is an alcoholic/addict. So during the marriage… I was the one who had to be the ‘adult’ all the time. I found it exhausting because (I realize now)… it’s not my true nature to be that way. Sounds like it was a similar thing for you too.
        My Daddy is a fabulous Daddy. 🙂 I’m a very lucky Little girl.

      • Yes you are 😉 hehehe I felt the same way. Now that I live alone and have to do everything myself more to an extreme extent it seems the adult side of life is just sooo overwhelming. But when Daddy is here or when we talk it’s nice to shut it off and take off the mask and reveal me. The me I always was but never allowed to embrace

      • Yeah… I wish I could spend more time being Little too. I wish I could ALWAYS be myself and not have to wear that ‘adult’ mask. But… that’s not possible right now. So… I enjoy the time I do get to spend and having that makes it easier to be able to ‘act’ the adult role, when I do have to.

      • Lol soo true!!!! Hehehe thank God for Daddies lol I don’t think I could ever have a Master though… I like that Daddy is nurturing it’s so much more comfortable and it allows me to feel at ease with Daddy and my alpha

      • For sure. The DD/lg dynamic fits Daddy and I better. We still have that D/s thing going on but it’s also got that nurturing, leadership type thing happening too.

      • Exactly. Like He will always be my Dom when He needs to be. But I am and will always be His little 🙂

      • Or rather “His little hmong slut” which He prefers lol

      • 🙂
        Yep. Everybody creates their own unique dynamic… that’s what makes it so interesting talking to others in the lifestyle!

      • Right?? Anyone else I talk to about it that tends to be more vanilla look at me like I’m crazy

      • Yeah… a lot of vanilla people won’t get it.
        But that’s okay.
        I don’t mind if they don’t ‘get it’… It’s hard for me to understand how people can be totally satisfied with just ‘regular’ sex.
        What I do mind is… if they judge or don’t accept my sexuality… like I do theirs.

      • Yeah… I mean some people are just fine with it or they do what my ex did and wander. And either way it’s unfulfilling this kind of lifestyle is fulfilling and just as loving as a vanilla relationship it’s just extra fun 😉

      • Yep – I totally agree! 🙂

      • 🙂 well sweetie thanks again 🙂 goodnight

      • Night night!
        It was fun chatting with you!

      • Yes it was 🙂 don’t be a stranger 🙂 I’ll keep a lookout for your next post 🙂

      • Thanks! I’ll keep a lookout for your next post too!

  3. phoenixasubbie says:

    Great job. xx

  4. little princess says:

    Thank you for this. I forwarded it to my Daddy, he will love it. And I agree, fetlife is a great resource for just about every aspect of the BDSM lifestyle.

  5. Quensha Williams says:

    This article is dope as a motherbitch yo

  6. Lo says:

    My best friend, who is a guy, won’t accept my little side :/ I’m 18 and he says it doesn’t suit me, I look ridiculous when I dress like a nymphet.., but everyone else says I look adorable and really pretty, and I think so too. He’s always dissing my taste for older men, and criticising my sexuality. My little side is hurt, and my big side is angry.

    • It sounds like this guy isn’t a best friend at all.
      Why does your little side make him so uncomfortable?
      Best friends accept you for who you are. Who you really are.
      I’m not surprised your little side is hurt and your big side is angry.
      My only advice – try having an open, honest discussion about your feelings with him.
      If he still doesn’t respect your choices, your personality, your preferences… perhaps it is time to demote him from being your best friend…

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