Is it acceptable for a father to leave for a long period of time and then return believing everything is fine?
Yes, but the child may not feel the same way . The child may feel that the parent has a better life and does not want him/her any more, or the child may feel that it was there fault. You would need to sit down with the father to discuss it with him! Note The father has a mind of his own he can and will voice his opion!