"I'm sorry, I tried to be there!" will not be an acceptable standard from this guy. You're either there for the ones that you love or you aren't.
Anyone can be a father but it takes a strong soul to be a dad. Your children are a reflection of you. It is my job to creatively instill confidence and knowledge to prevent her irrecoverableness in the status quo. I don't understand why people don't fight for the things that they need to fight for. How can you say that you love someone or want something but run away from that very fight?