The Invisible Daddy Asks “How Long Will You Refuse to See Me?”


The invisible daddy is one who wants to be visible, but others deny his existence. Here is the plea from one such dad.

An Open Letter to My Grandfather


His grandfather gifted him a legacy, taught him to love story, and to live a life without regrets, now he has to say “thank you” and “goodbye.”

How to Answer When Your Son Asks “Where’s Dad?”

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All children from various types of families can benefit from having dad around, but when he’s not, it isn’t always easy to explain why.

Every Son, Please Get Your Father To Watch This Video With You

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Dear Dad: A Letter to the Father I Never Met

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Christian Clifton thinks about the impact an absent father had on his life — and finds peace in forgiveness.

To Each Their Own Taste


As a chef, Jarad Dewing wishes his children weren’t such picky eaters. But he’s learning to adjust.

On Behalf of the Father I Barely Knew

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Samuel Autman “trades ashes for beauty” in his haunting recollection of the father who came in and out of his life and then was gone.

Apologies to a Daughter From an Absent Father

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Pete Wilson writes a poem to his daughter whom he hasn’t seen in three years.

A Modern Indignity

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When David Perez was 11, he had two stated goals: to become president of the United States, and to meet his father. Thanks to LinkedIn, he’s halfway there.

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The Drill Instructor and the Lonely Boy: A Powerful Video

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There is a lot to be said for discipline, and even more for positive male role models. This video has both.

I Don’t Know What It Feels Like to Love a Father. (But It Only Takes a Generation for Things to Change.)

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Joni Kanata could never connect with her distant, absent father. But she’s learning to see the love of a father through the eyes of her sons.

How to Tell a True Family Story


Family is the stories we tell to give ourselves roots, to make connections, to foster new possibilities.

“The Tender Bar” by J.R. Moehringer


“My father was a man of many talents, but his one true genius was disappearing.” J.R. Moehringer’s memoir, “The Tender Bar,” is reviewed by Jesse Kornbluth.

Dear John: The Best of 2011


Is it weird that my neighbor is my OB/GYN? Should I answer the calls from the married professional golfer? Do I owe my father forgiveness? How do I tell my grieving fiancée I ran over her cat?

Are the Kids All Right?


If women can raise children without men, Justin Cascio writes, where does that leave men?

Broken Bones and the Father Wound


Through pain and recovery, Belden relates to his father.