Experiencing personal failure is not a requirement for being a successful Dad. However, realized failures can be stepping-stones. Even in the situation of being a part time Dad we have the ability to influence our children and we can do it with a full-time heart.
A thermostat sets the temperature, a thermometer reflects the temperature. Too many Dads are thermometers… they reflect their child’s mood. If Susie is nice, they are nice. But if Susie is mean … well, you get the picture. Effective part time Dads are thermostats… setting the climate by how they react, or do not react, and with communication. One way we can set the thermostat is to consistently bless our child and speak positively over their lives and directly to them. I am a total believer in you get what you expect and what you continually talk about. The Bible tells us that as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Showing love and blessing our children with lots of hugs and loving touches along with prayer will make a difference.
Life circumstances may prevent a Dad from being with their children all the time, but speaking a blessing and praying for a covering is even more important in those situations where you are not with them every single day.