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My biological father left my family when I was very young. My stepfather had also abandoned his previous children, and committed to raising me carefully to atone for the kids he left behind. He raised me very well, and I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity to have a father.

I know he still feels guilty about his previous kids. Do other fathers feel the same kind of guilt when leaving their kids? How do we help them heal and manage their anxieties about whether they can still be good fathers after the fact?