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Old 06-28-2014, 11:33 AM   #1
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I have 3 daughters (a 16 yr old, 13 and 9 year old) and it's really a blessing to have them. However, their dad is so messed up and irresponsible. He is a gambling addict. When we left him 3 years ago, I would still let them see him so that they don't miss him that much. However, about 2 months ago, his family decided to put him in a rehab center for gamblers. He didn't want to so he left his mom and siblings and no one knows where he is. My daughters and I are clueless and I'm also having trouble with their worries. I don't care if he really jumps of a cliff or whatever but my daughters do and it hurts me to see them cry when they think of all the possible things that may be happening to their dad right now.

Has anyone gone through this too?
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I'm not sure how mature your children are, but I think what you posted here is a good explanation to give to them. Short and sweet, Dad gambles... people tried to get Dad help... Dad doesn't want help... and while you understand that they love him, it is not their job to worry about him. If you practice a religion, you can also tell them that he is being watched over from above.
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Just tell them that it may be a good thing he is off on his own since being around family did not help him. And whenever he is back, I am sure he will contact you as he knows where you live.
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