"Have you been a Dad today?"

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    "Have you been a Dad today?"


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    "It takes a man to be a Dad."

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    A "warrior" fights off seemingly invisible foes in this spot, called "Lightsaber."
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    Movie legend Godzilla helps National Fatherhood Initiative get the responsible fatherhood message across in this spot.
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    The Nature of Fatherhood: Elephants
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    The Nature of Fatherhood: Lions
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    The Nature of Fatherhood: Penguins
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    A father can change the world ... one child at a time.
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    A contemporary look at the quintessential father-son activity.

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    My two boys are the absolute greatest pleasure in the world to me....things like this make me acutely aware of how lucky those of us who have children are...

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    Short answer: No
    Long answer: Don't really feel like discussing it but no one to blame but me.
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    Well, I'm only one third there most times anyway. My oldest two live far away. Sometimes it feels like complete failure. You and I are neither..so shut up!
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    I wish my ex would let me be more of a dad.. I love spending time with my son and act like a complete idiot with him when we are playing.. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm crazy, but we always have a great time.
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    I feel you tp1,

    My oldest two are 2000 miles away. I did not fight for my "rights" because I chose not to, trying to have some foresight that one day they will be adults able to make their own choices. Today they both are. I am not exactly thrilled that they still live there. Yet they are influenced by the trappings of a lifestyle of comforts that I could not nor would I provide. Ironically, the very epitome of what the ex said she wanted them not to live.

    I am convinced that they will see the depth of my character and when there is a time in there life, and it will come, that they need deep character to rely on, they will know where to find it.

    I just got done having a blast with my 18yo this summer. Short visit but all the same a lot of fun for both of us. It has become quality over quantity. I often believe that quantity would deprive us both of that because the the mundane routine and monotony of life and its cares would likely discourage such times as those we have when it counts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B5150 View Post
    I feel you tp1,

    My oldest two are 2000 miles away. I did not fight for my "rights" because I chose not to, trying to have some foresight that one day they will be adults able to make their own choices. Today they both are. I am not exactly thrilled that they still live there. Yet they are influenced by the trappings of a lifestyle of comforts that I could not nor would I provide. Ironically, the very epitome of what the ex said she wanted them not to live.

    I am convinced that they will see the depth of my character and when there is a time in there life, and it will come, that they need deep character to rely on, they will know where to find it.

    I just got done having a blast with my 18yo this summer. Short visit but all the same a lot of fun for both of us. It has become quality over quantity. I often believe that quantity would deprive us both of that because the the mundane routine and monotony of life and its cares would likely discourage such times as those we have when it counts.
    Wise words from a wise man. Thanks B.
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    I am both mom and dad to my kids as their dad seems to be spending less and less time with them by choice.
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    My mom was my dad too
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    Their actual dad was supposed to have them this week for the first time in over a year and everytime I called to check on them they were at a babysitter.

    He even left them with someone to go get pizza, uhm ever heard of taking the kids with you@!
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    I'm being a dad right now to my 2yr old daughter
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    Quote Originally Posted by crader View Post
    Their actual dad was supposed to have them this week for the first time in over a year and everytime I called to check on them they were at a babysitter.

    He even left them with someone to go get pizza, uhm ever heard of taking the kids with you@!
    Father abandonment is the single greatest issue I struggle with still to this very day. All other issues and struggles stem from that.

    My biological father abandoned me at 4yo when my mother remarried. My stepfather adopted me and gave me his damned name. He abused me physically and psychologically. He and my mother divorced after 25 or so years of marriage and I have not seen or heard from him in the 13 or so years (maybe three times, the last being 5 years ago, by accident) after he and my mother divorced.

    Sometimes I hate men. Most specifically ****ty fathers
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    The ex gets them on Sat-Sun but he seems to be more interested in drinking and his car than them. I can see him getting more selfish and showing up later and later..
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    I see what you are saying. That would make me furious.

    Some men really don't have much to offer or worse have no idea how significant the little they do have really is.
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    I always have issues with people who say those types of things do not shape and affect children. I know it does from personal experience.


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    I think I can empathize with you when I say that I know I may only have myself, my time and my attention to offer, yet I have many limitations that restrict me from doing so.
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    B, Thank you. I need this reminder as often as I can get it.

    I realize more than most anyone what it means to not have a dad around when you are being "formed" as a child. I have made a vow to myself and my wife to not let that happen with my son (and my soon-to-be daughter). As a father, I think you have to make a very conscious effort to not let the world/society raise your kids. If you don't - there are tons of excuses you will have for reasons your not around....work..etc.

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