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I Am a Father

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    My Dad I recently found out something about my

    dad that I am a little unsure how to handle and am of two minds. 1. He was a selfish a$$hole who was only thinking of himself 2. He was actually a good dad and did what he thought was best for his family A little background first my dad died in 1975 I was 13 years old I was...
    alexedad alexedad 46-50 1 Response Aug 1

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    I am the Father of 2 Sons.

    ..ages 17 & 15, Younger Son was diagnosed with Autism as the age of 3....Autism is Tough on him and our Family....he has many issues that he deals with...things that most people just do without giving much thought about...I Love my Sons with all my Heart...Autism or Not...God...
    Groundhog69 Groundhog69 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 31

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    I will be 40 this year.

    I have three little girls all under 8. For 9 years I lived with a wife that was emotionally and physically violent towards me and our children. About four months ago, I left the marriage. Since that time my wife has managed to convince my children that I have abandoned them. My...
    adadinpain adadinpain 36-40, M 3 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    Being a Dad

    It's hard for me to put in words on what being a father means to me. When my son was born he was early. 3 months early, I spent day and night with him feeding him through a tube in his nose. Holding him everyday for as long as they would let me. He was small but a fighter, he has...
    Jamcojay Jamcojay 31-35, M 5 Responses Jun 22, 2007

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    Yep. Even though I swore I'd never have

    children!!!! It nearly killed the pair of us when they were small. If it wasn't money. It was mysterious overnight when mum and dad are especially shattered,mysterious illnesses at two in the morning!! But. Growing pains aside. I do believe being a dad is the best thing I've...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 13

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    The Heart Of This Man

    My father worked.  He built the roof that was over my head.  He put the food in the refrigerator.  He was not always there when I wanted him, but he was there when I needed him.  He did not coach little league or basketball.  I learned from him by example, sitting in the...
    Baroquenhorse Baroquenhorse 51-55, M 9 Responses Feb 25, 2011

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    A Father's Checklist

    My 6-year old daughter is one of my greatest loves. I am grateful that I spend time with her every day. Last week I asked her to make a checklist for herself to get ready for school each morning. This morning I came up with one for myself: 1. Did I protect her from danger and...
    rickleester rickleester 41-45, M 4 Responses Jan 22, 2013

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    To be the father of growing daughters is to

    understand something of what Yeats evokes with his imperishable phrase 'terrible beauty.' Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened: it's a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realize that your heart is running around inside someone else's body. It also...
    Bluewater40 Bluewater40 36-40, M 2 Responses Jul 26

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    I have not seen my kids in two months

    and it is absolutely killing me, I feel so weak and power less when it comes to having them in my life, the mother and her family, is basically making it impossible for me to even talk my daughter and son, there was an accident that occurred to cause this mess, and perhaps I was...
    friedsam2223 friedsam2223 22-25, M 6 Responses Aug 19

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    I have a beautiful little boy

    and girl. Nothing I like more than to spend quality time with them. Either having a tea party or throwing a baseball. Love it!
    LoneRider72 LoneRider72 36-40, M 3 Responses Feb 28

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    Lesson

    I want to give you the world. So you can be all that you can be. I can. I thought. But I can't teach you happiness unless I am happy myself. I can't teach you how to be a good friend unless I spend time being one. I can't teach you responsibility unless I hold myself accountable...
    geetar39 geetar39 46-50, M 33 Responses Jul 19, 2011

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    Single Father

    I am a father of three kids two are mine biologically and one I have taken care of since she was 1 years old I'm married to there mom but getting a divorce she left us cause of drug addiction (heroin , pills) they where more important I guess to her then me and the kids well...
    matydreadz matydreadz 36-40, M 5 Responses Feb 28, 2012

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    Thanks to Harry Chapin For Making Me a Better Father

    I have always been touched by the Harry Chapin son “Cat’s in the cradle”. For those of you who don’t know the song, the storyline is about a father who was so busy with his career that he failed to make his child a priority. In his later years, when he wanted to spend...
    dawinla dawinla 51-55, M 8 Responses Mar 5, 2013

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    My wife wanted children almost from the first

    day we met, it was nearly more than I could do to put her off until we were married and she was nineteen. Our second child was planned but shortly after he was born she became involved with someone else. The only clue I had at the time was that we argued every day when I...
    will999 will999 61-65, M 2 Responses Jul 25

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    Two Children!

    I am blessed with two children, a girl, followed by a boy. Many of you know my daughter, some may not yet. SassyBoo is my daughter. My son now resides in Brisbane so we are scattered over the Eastern sea board of Australia with me halfway. Although there are many miles between...
    WiseOldOwl WiseOldOwl 56-60, M 5 Responses Jun 15, 2008

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    I am lucky enough to have a two

    and a half year old and a six month old, their birthdays are concurrent making it an expensive month. But as I watch my children develop character and grow, I realise how amazing we are as species, and I hope that I am capable of nurturing my children so that they make the best...
    pwis2648 pwis2648 31-35, M 1 Response Jun 16

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    I am a father of a 19 year old young woman.

    She is amazing, beautiful, smart, and truly a blessing. Recently my ex wife and myself had to do a intervention because she was going down a very bad path. This event has caused a rift in my relationship with her. We have gone from best of friends to a good but strained...
    cphillipk cphillipk 36-40, M 4 Responses Aug 13

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    2 Hours With You/166 Hours Without You

    And as the weight of the world crashes down upon me, My arms buckle, my back breaks, my knees give way As I look to the skies and curse your name. I take a step back, look down at my side, I see one standing there, his hand in mine.   I look back to the skies with remorseful...
    whatif23 whatif23 22-25, M 5 Responses Sep 11, 2013

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    hey there. I just wanted to share my story

    (about me and my dad, but sometimes it also happens with my mom) so other kids don't suffer the way I did. please don't hit or treat your kids bad, they're just kids and they don't deserve it, whenever you feel like treating them badly, remember they're your miracle, and you'll...
    jayissosadlike jayissosadlike 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 14

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    Father And Son Road Trip.

    My oldest son is mid-30s and a successful professional engineer.   This summer we are driving together up the Al-can highway through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska.  Then we will turn north on the Dalton Highway all the way to the Arctic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay.   The Dalton...
    DozerDan DozerDan 66-70, M 4 Responses Jul 2, 2012

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    I'm the proud father of a 18 year old young man.

    He's the best thing that ever happened to me. All I am today and all I strive to be is because of him. I never really knew what unconditional love was until he came into my life.
    FlatbushGuy21 FlatbushGuy21 46-50, M 3 Responses Aug 26

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    I'm a father to a beautiful baby boy

    who will soon be turning 3. His mother is no where close to being around and he currently lives with his grandparents, her parents. It eats me up everyday knowing I don't have him with me but I know with endless love, hard work, determination and dedication I will have him back...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 30

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    sexlss sexlss 41-45, M 5 Responses Jul 11

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    Because of my children

    and their offspring it is a fact, I am a Father-forever!
    larrlee larrlee 61-65, M 1 Response Sep 10

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    Not A Father But A Single Mother

    Just wish I knew what to do.  I am sure my son is missing out on some things not having a father.  Sometimes I google Father for Rent or Father for Hire to see if there is such a thing.  Sometimes I am mad at myself for letting this happen to me.  I love my son but I know he...
    B3lla01 B3lla01 46-50, F 39 Responses Jun 9, 2011

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    Why Is It So Important For A Father To Be In His Daughter's Life?

    THIS QUESTION WAS ASKED OF ME BY A YOUNG WOMAN: Why is it so important for a father to be in his daughter's life? After standing there for a few minutes with my jaw hanging down, I finally answered: This question just blows me away. Seriously. You don't know? I don't know the...
    GwydionFrost GwydionFrost 46-50, M 24 Responses Oct 19, 2012

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    "Justice!" Almost as soon

    as I said my older son's name did my mother say, "Don't call him that!" It was his name or at least that's what I thought my wife and I decided on. My son looked up for a moment then just as quickly dropped his head and went back to whatever he and his sister were doing. Reading...
    DoonJi DoonJi 41-45, M 1 Response Jul 4

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    I love my sons because of the warmth on their

    hearts for me!!! They love and appreciate me and make me feel like a good man!! These might be the only 2 ppl in the world who make me feel that way and appreciate and love me that way and I'm fine with that!
    mook1977 mook1977 36-40, M Aug 25

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    I am a father not just a ***** provider.

    I've changed diapers, sat in emergency rooms, stayed up late helping with home work, lost sleep worrying, provided a shoulder to cry on, laughed with them, cried with them, prayed for them, and the best word I'm called is when they say "dad". I love my kids.
    lars51 lars51 51-55, M Jun 15

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    Today...

    My 8 year old son is trying to rack up points on a poedometer.. If he beats out all his classmates... he can win an ipod touch...So I offer to take him to the gym with me, so that he can rack up points on the treadmill.....Well when I get to his moms house to pick him up... he...
    CVizion CVizion 46-50, M 6 Responses Mar 6, 2011

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    I am a Father to 2 wonderful young adults,

    they both make me very proud to call them mine. I feel lucky to be part of their life. My Son is a teacher, getting his masters, and about to make me a Granddad (papaw) and my daughter is a Junior in college, helping pay for her education with athletic scholarships. I don't know...
    Hawgs Hawgs 46-50, M Jul 31

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    Brainwashed-As I said my wife

    and I were deprived of our older children in 2002 after I refused to comply with my mother's wishes. The children had lived in Kyrgyzstan with my parents since 1996 while my wife and I sorted out our lives. She refused to relinquish custody in 1999 and after I refused to move...
    DoonJi DoonJi 41-45, M Jul 3

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    What Am I In For?

    My dear 9 year old daughter walked down into the kitchen this morning at 7am. "Dad," she lamented, "I've been up since 5." "Why?" I asked. "Clothes" was her one word answer. I gave her a puzzled expression. "I couldn't figure out what to wear!" Oy!
    accomplice accomplice 41-45, M 4 Responses Dec 5, 2012

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    Kayoum Kayoum 31-35, M Aug 10

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    Selfish Fool-. My daughter

    now age 21 was born during my time in medical training in America. She had not yet been born when I had to leave. When I found out she existed and the arrangements made for her upbringing I made many haste decisions that ultimately costed me any chance of ever practicing...
    YemeniJew YemeniJew 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 20

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    Well here I am again,

    a mere 3 years 1 month after my first and only post, and I am happy to report I've been a doting father to my little boy for the past 6 months. For those of you who took the time to view my previous post, and especially those who commented, my apologies for not responding to...
    IanMrD IanMrD 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 20

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    All i need is this little guy

    and superheroes and food
    jcadams98 jcadams98 16-17, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I have two great but different kids.

    One is perusing their career in a singled minded fashion that is just amazing to me. He is devoted to self improvement and reads books all the time (which amazes me based on his young age). He is witty, sarcastic, fun to be around and loving to his friends. The other one is...
    Wilddesires Wilddesires 51-55, M 3 Responses Aug 29

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    rafayelg rafayelg 26-30, M 7 Responses Sep 1

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    PickledPete PickledPete 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 1

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    My son turns five months old this week,

    he is my inspiration it's because of him that I don't usually give up. Cause real life is hard, the dreams rarely do come true, and when they do its either too late or its lost its sting on you the affect of the happiness is Gone, Live nd raise Your kids well
    SoulInfluence SoulInfluence 22-25, M Aug 13

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    A son in 1991 and daughter in 1994,

    but my wife and I didn't raise them. I am Korean and childrearing is done by women. My wife and I were too young(early 20s) with no stable career to raise children. I thought professional athletics was a career.They were born in Germany and I took them to my mother in Kyrgyzstan...
    DoonJi DoonJi 41-45, M 2 Responses Jul 3

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    wiseprotector wiseprotector 41-45, M 3 Responses Jun 12

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    Twins

    I can't begin to find the words to express the way I feel. It is as if my body would burst from all the happiness and excitement.I am now a father.  A real father of two little children.  I can't believe that I could get any happier than I already am but I am.  I am overjoyed...
    KingofSwords KingofSwords 56-60, M 35 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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    My Daughter Is Too Great

    I got divorced when my daughter was 2.  It was a bad scene; I had a huge Manic episode.  But I fought for joint custody and I got it.  We have always been very close, and as we've both grown up, our relationship has continued to evolve.  When she was...
    ElLagarto ElLagarto 56-60, M 27 Responses Jun 21, 2007

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    I Have a Beautiful Baby Boy

    He was born on January 16, 2008.  He was perfect and created by God.  He's starting to smile every once in awhile.  It's still a little difficult at night because he gets up like 3 times to eat.  There's not much else that goes on with him, he's still young...
    PearlsOfStrength PearlsOfStrength 21-25, M 2 Responses Mar 8, 2008

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    Seeing and holding my four month old daughter

    for the very first time definitely brought tears to my eyes. As soon as I held her, I fell in love and made a vouch to always be there for her and protect her. Time for me to get as huge as Arnold once was to intimidate any guy that will try to take advantage of her when she is...
    Truromantic Truromantic 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 29

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    A Lost Brace And A Red Ribbon It was late

    afternoon in February when our daughter suddenly announced that she lost her braces. Shock! It was her birthday. She had received a number of gifts from friends in school. Before she enjoyed a bubble gum, she took out her brace and placed it in two sheets of paper towels. Her...
    Soniador1963 Soniador1963 46-50, M 2 Responses Sep 14

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    I have primary custody of an amazing 5 year old

    boy. He's a great guy who loves cars, dinosaurs, Paw Patrol and playing LEGOS with his Daddy.
    RyanB79 RyanB79 31-35, M 1 Response Jun 27

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    I am good father as that is what my kids makes me feel all time ... I am there for them all time .both kids are adorable and I love them most in this world .. When it comes to kids...
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    My "real" father. When I was little. My father and me were very close. My family were. We are seen as a perfect family and i thought it is. My dad is Japanese and my mom is a...
    azyleak azyleak 22-25, F Aug 31

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    I am an only child to a strong willed and beautiful mother who has endured many hardships throughout her life. Almost from Day 1, my mom has played both parental roles, and with a...
    olinor olinor 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 7

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    I've been estranged from my father 8 of the past 10 years. My parents divorced before my first birthday and my mother raised my older sister and I. When I was 3 my father...
    SomedayHeWillBeMine SomedayHeWillBeMine 22-25, F