I always read about deadbeat dads. Those who leave their families and don't provide any monetary assistance, let alone emotional.
But I truly believe those deadbeats are the exception. We hear about them more often because bad news sells better than "dad loves his kids" stories.
"A Dad is More Than a Paycheck" is a great reminder.
As someone who grew up without a father (through no fault of his own) I try to remind my husband about the value of a father (he doesn't talk to his). Once they are gone that's it...they are gone forever. It is amazing some of the things we get mad about and stay mad about - petty things and important things. They all seem trivial upon death.
I wish fathers and husbands were more valued today. It seems like some would rather relegate them to the dustbin of history. I believe that kids do best with a mother and a father. I know that I would have been better off with both parents - though my mother did the best she could given the situation she was dealt.
One day I hope to have children. Or at least one. :) And I think that my hubby is going to be an amazing father. I've seen him interact with my little cousins and he just naturally seems to "get" kids. And I plan to tell him often what a wonderful husband and father he is.