I've given this more thought...
Guys like Andy Reid are actually worse that an absentee parent. When the parent "stays" but makes a choice that tells the kids that something in life is more important than them, it (the really bad word)s with their heads.
Reid told his sons, by his actions... I love football more than you. Can you imagine?
I could be wrong about Reid,but I'm talking about society in general. Not being there at all might be better than being there and "telling" the kids first hand, "i don't love you"