Ways to know you’ve failed as a father

It’s pretty easy to be a good father. If you are seen on the town with your kids and your wife is not with you, people will think you are a good father. If you read books and change your kids’ diapers occasionally, if you tell them you love them and feed them well, don’t deprive them but don’t spoil them either, if you seem genuinely happy to be around them, you will in all likelihood be a good father. Your kids will love you and that may be all that matters.

But things can blow up in your face and that’s why being a good father requires taking no time off. Two examples of terrible fathers that I’ve seen are this and this.

If you can keep your kids from getting robbed by a hooker and airing your dirty laundry in order to keep you from getting elected to public office, you have a good chance of succeeding as a father.

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