Absent fathers do a lot of damage. They invariably scar the whole family and in particular, daughters and sons who are too young to cope with the emotional turmoil that an absent parent brings.
Sometimes, some fathers are not in a situation where they have a choice about their absence. Some pass on. Some are undergoing their own physical and mental problems that keep them from being functioning human beings. Still, for those fathers or parents who have the capability to be there for their children but make the choice to turn their backs on them, we hope that you step on a Lego everyday and that your food is always tasteless. Oh right, forgiveness is a virtue. We forgot that for a second.
These absent father quotes are for anybody who has had to grow up with a father. It’s hard. It’s one of the things you need to overcome in your journey to becoming an adult. So if you’ve grown up well and are happy right now, give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it!
Hey “dad” I did it without you.
One must balance being a good provider and a father who is there for his children.
An absent father is like a ghost that lives in the back of your mind.
As old as she was… She still missed her daddy sometimes.
Real dads are supportive.
When your father is absent, you have to believe in yourself.
I realize that taking extra effort in contacting my father means nothing to him – that’s the reason we stopped talking.
A daughter needs her father more than anything else in the world.
It is a wise father that knows his own child. – William Shakespeare
Boys want to grow up to be like their male role models. And boys who grow up in homes with absent fathers search the hardest to figure out what it means to be male. – Geoffrey Canada
My dad broke my heart way before any boy had the chance to.
I decided to put as much effort into contacting you as you do with me – that’s why we don’t talk anymore.
If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.
Just remember when you are ignoring her, you are teaching her to live without you.
Only twenty two percent of fathers who don’t live in the same house as their children are “actively” involved.
A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.
If a guy has children and he has nothing to do with them, he is a douche.
I was an absent dad. Once the magazine started, I really had two families. The dream was the magazine. I worked through the night all the time. – Hugh Hefner
Growing up, it seemed the class was divided in two. Those who had their parents. And those who had a missing dad or mom.
Real dads support their children without the law telling them they have to.
There should be an anti father’s day. A bad dad’s day. That way I could truly say “you are the best.”
I’ve only ever chosen men who happen to spend a lot of time out of the country, who have jobs that take them all over the world, and I think that’s interesting because my father was absent, and then home, and I’ve always been in relationships where there’s separation. – Patsy Kensit
Your child feels let down and lose hope in you when you leave them.
The hardest thing you’ll ever do is comfort a crying child when their other parent doesn’t come see them.
A father may turn his back on his child, but a mother’s love endures through all. – Washington Irving
Respect to all moms doing double duty because of men failing to do their part as dad. – John Mark Green
It’s mystifying how parents can be absent during your growing years, waltz back into your life when you’re an adult, and expect to be welcomed with open arms.
Just because your father’s present doesn’t mean he isn’t absent. – Elizabeth Acevedo
However busy a father is, he will find time for his child.
My research continues to amaze and baffle me. As human beings, we are geniuses. What we didn’t get from the home, we find ways of getting elsewhere. It’s evident, then, when one looks at the stats we don’t have a teenage pregnancy problem and we don’t have a street gang problem. I will even suggest that we don’t have a drug and alcohol problem, nor do we have a crime problem rather, these are only the symptoms that we are experiencing, and the real problem is broken homes that result in broken lives. – Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father
There’s nothing worse than a man that can be everything to everybody else…except a father to their own child.
Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life. – Oscar Wilde
Having kids doesn’t make you a father. Raising them does.
If a man cannot be a father to his own child, there is nothing worse than that.
Someday you’ll cry for me like I cried for you. Someday you’ll miss me like I missed you. Someday you’ll need me like I needed you. Someday you’ll love me but I won’t love you.
Don’t forgive him. Forgive yourself for believing there is something lacking in you because he wasn’t there. – Iyanla Vanzant
The psychological absence of fathers can be nearly as devastating as physical absence. When fathers are alive but not a predictable presence actively participating in their daughter’s lives the relationship becomes a permanent maybe. – Victoria Secunda
To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today. – Barbara Johnson
One day you’ll be alone and regret not being there. You’ll regret the birthdays and holidays missed. You’ll regret not watching her grow up and being in her life you’ll regret everything and by than it will be too late.
There is something absent in me, I thought. Something incomplete. Even my mother couldn’t describe me. There was something empty in me that in other people was full. – Julie Schumacher
I come from the school of thought where a dad’s absence is something to be counted on. Now I see all the men with camouflage diaper bags and babies hanging from their chests like little ship figureheads. – Kaui Hart Hemmings
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. – Sigmund Freud
An absent father needs to realize his child’s needs before it is too late.
You know, if fathers just did what they’re supposed to do, half of the junk that we face in the streets wouldn’t exist. – Nathan Hayes
Dear absent father from the mother of a dadyless daughter..i just want to say ..Thank you and you are welcome!
You have to raise your kids, then you can be a real father.
When you grew up with an absent father, you grew up dreaming and wanting.. But most of all, you grew up way too fast.
A bad father has never a good son. – Latin Proverb
Fathers, take note! Children will always remember the man who treated them with love and affection! Don’t be an absent father!
Fathers, your are the head and strength of the family unit. If you are not in place, there is a weakness in the link. – Anita R. Sneed-Carter
Why do people marry versions of their controlling mothers? Or absent fathers? To have a shot at righting old wrongs. – Blake Crouch
My dad was a good man but an emotionally absent father, and so I had to look for that male attention somewhere else, and found it in a brother-in-law. He just happened to be an alcoholic. – Jim Hamilton
Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.
I remember when I was the twinkle in my daddy’s eyes. Then he left one day without saying good bye.
My father didn’t do anything unusual. He only did what dads are supposed to do: be there. – Max Lucado
When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching. – Robert Bly
Many of us might have grown up in a house that lacked love, or even without parental supervision. The parents left you on your own and because of that you missed out on the true form of LOVE. The love you never received as a child, a daughter, or you didn’t get it from your father; he might have been absent your entire upbringing. – Chimnese Davids, Redeeming Soul
Father absence has been implicated in anorexia nervosa, in which daughters may exhibit literal father hunger by starving themselves. – Victoria Secunda, Women and Their Fathers: The Sexual and Romantic Impact of the First Man in Your Life
One of the things about being a boy, especially growing up without a father, is you really don’t have that role model to teach you how to do things. – Art Alexakis
Father’s Day is so hard for me.
I look for you everywhere I go hoping to bump into you but I never see you you’re not there you’re never there.
If you’ve grown up kind and good despite an absent father, give yourself a pat in the back and your mother a good hug.
No matter how old you get. The hole in your heart created by your father’s absence still aches. Especially on father’s day.
Having kids doesn’t make you a father. Raising them does.
Daddy’s in the army, there’s a war in Vietnam / Mama kept us going with her sewing and a prayer / It’s hard to be a family when your daddy’s missing. – Crowell Church
No I will not beg or bribe anyone to be involved in my children’s lives. If you don’t come around, it sucks to be you.
If she could put the hollow ache that haunts her into words, she would tell him “I miss the father you never were.” – John Mark Green
Deadbeat dads should be neutered.
You need to spend time with your children to be remembered.
So many of our young women today, they’re growing up without a father, but they’re still thirsty for that and desiring positive male love. – Hill Harper
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse. – Benjamin Franklin