I’m looking for a female equivalent to ‘son’ as used by older men when speaking to a younger man or boy that isn’t necessarily their biological son. Something that gives off that fatherly (or condescending) tone.
i.e “Come here, son, I’ll teach you a thing or two about life.”
Obviously, replacing ‘son’ with ‘daughter’ wouldn’t really cut it in this context, unless it’s a priest talking. ‘Child’ also has a priestly vibe. ‘Young woman’, maybe?