My three cherubs have minimal contact with their Father. He's seen them once this year and once last year. No phone calls.
When we are at the park, or other family friendly places including school and daycare, the kids (DS1 9, DS2 7 & DD 5) are drawn to men. Today at the park, I could see the longing and envy in their eyes. All at some stage, they have all gone over to a father and had a chat, DD even asks them to push her on the swing.
I have a brother who is great with the kids but he is FIFO and has his own life when home. He is also childless and has no desire to have his own children so can get a bit impatient with them. I have a male cousin but he works away during the week and has his own young family so I don't like to intrude too often as they need their family time. My father is elderly and physically disabled. We have some contact with their paternal uncle but probably only see him and his family a couple of times a year. I have been single since my marriage ended and don't really have any male friends.
I guess I want to know if anyone else is or has been in a similar situation and how you deal or dealt with it? I don't live in a capital city but where I live is certainly not rural. I'm not sure if there are "Big Brother" programs or something similar? It makes me so sad for my babies and so bloody cranky at their "Father".