Is there ever a good reason why a Dad should leave his children?

United States
December 6, 2006 12:13pm CST
I'm 27 years old. I'm married and I have 3 children. I'm wondering if there is ever a good reason for a dad to leave his children? I cannot think of a single reason why this would be ok. I believe that a child deserves a mom and a dad.
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@imadriscoll (2235)
• United States
7 Dec 06
I know that there are a lot of people who might think that if the dad didn't love the mother any more (or vice versa) that it might be best for them to get a divorce and live apart from each other. That it's better for the children to live with one parent then to live with two parents that don't love each other, but sometimes I think this is a cop out. Like, if the dad falls in love with a woman and decides he wants to be with her instead of his wife. He might justify leaving saying that it would be better for his children to live without him then to see their father in a situation where he's not happy. I think that this would be terribly selfish. I also believe that the best way that a father can love his children is by loving their mom.
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@loved1 (5338)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Good point!
@salex142 (686)
• United States
6 Dec 06
well it depends, if the father is in the military and he has to go overseas for duty, then he has no choice. or if his job calls him to go out of town for a while. but if he is just tired of being a father and doesnt want to take care of his responsibilities, then that is no excuse.
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• United States
6 Dec 06
I agree that if he doesn't want to take care of his responsibilities that it isn't a very good excuse. He needs to be a man and take care of his children. I used to be in the military and I have a friend with a son who is serving in Iraq. I know that if he had a choice he would be home with his wife and son.
@medooley (1875)
• United States
7 Dec 06
No I don't thinkt that a father should ever leave his children willingly. You would have to drag me kicking and screaming, and I would fight til my last breath before I would leave my children.
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• United States
10 Dec 06
Well, what if I'm a dad and I need to go to work? Is it okay for me to leave my children as long as I come back? I don't have any children, it's just that this discussion is making me scared that I'll never ever get to leave my children for any reason (like even going to the bathroom). I think it's okay to leave your children to go to work!!!