Jealousy is one of the most powerful emotions we can feel in a Massachusetts relationship and, if we're not careful, it can rage completely out of control and do irreparable harm. The problem is, that feeling of jealousy and possessiveness is hard-wired into our survival instinct and the fear of losing our mate can trigger that.
Work has a way of, well, getting in the way. In any Massachusetts relationship, there are going to be nights, weekends, and even holidays, where one Massachusetts parent is forced to stay late at the office or spend the day behind the warm glow of a computer or phone screen. Recitals will be missed, dinner reservations will have to be canceled, family plans will have to be rearranged. These incidents, when isolated and spaced far apart, rarely have any long-term impact on a relationship and, after a few words and a mea culpa or two, tend to fade away.
For many Massachusetts dads, buried deep beneath the joys and day-to-day responsibilities of being a parent is the fear of losing their family's respect. No one wants to feel disappointment and resentment emanating from a child or spouse, or to feel ignored or dismissed by one's own family. A mild disrespectful phase is common when kids are in their teens, sure, but even young children can lose respect for a parent.