The question I heard asked on an interview this week was "What is the greatest memory you have of your formative years?" I don't know who it was that was replying, but his answer got my attention. "All I can tell you is that every time I looked up Dad was there." More important than dozens of peers is the approval and presence of Dad who is vital in developing confidence and character.
Never mind that Dad had major responsibilities of his own happening daily. Of more long-lasting value is that which is produced by the availability, interest shown and time spent with a son or daughter. How tragic it is, for whatever reason, when parents are just too busy to be there.
How well this is demonstrated in this profound little scene with my daughter and grand-daughter entitled "Are you havin' a hard time with me?"