The New York Times published this article titled "Why Fathers Leave Their Children" and it brings up some interesting ideas, not the least of which is the recognition that most absent fathers didn't simply make a callous decision to abandon their child one day. The separation between fathers and their children is typically a process. A process that is painful and wrought with disappointment and self doubt.
While the author, Mr. Brooks, resorts to some simplistic remedies by the end of the article, his illustration of how separation can occur, and his avoidance of putting blame squarely on mom OR dad, are refreshing takes.
Thanks for the effort Mr. Brooks, and thanks for caring NYTimes.