Show love to your kids: Thapelo Mokoena gives massive side eye to absentee dads

Show love to your kids: Thapelo Mokoena gives massive side eye to absentee dads

- Thapelo attended a Father and Son Sleepout recently

- He praised the initiative and said dads should show more love to their kids

- He called for a 'national discussion' on fatherhood

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Actor and TV presenter Thapelo Mokoena has bemoaned the phenomenon of absentee dads and called for a 'national dialogue' on fatherhood.

Thapelo made his views known after a Father and Son Sleepout at the Loftus Versfeld rugby stadium in Pretoria recently, learned.

He posted photos of himself and his son at the sleepout on Instagram with the caption:

A super refreshing time at the #FatherandSonSleepOut yesterday. Big Up @vodacom Red, @vodacomrugga & #BullFamily50k for the invite & experience.

Speaking to Times Live, Thapelo said:

I wish that this initiative could be more than just a Loftus stadium initiative. It’s a national discussion. Fathers are not present in their sons’ lives. How do we reconstruct this?

The popular actor recalled how a hit-and-run accident he suffered two years ago made him appreciate how important he is to his son.

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He explained:

The one thing that stayed with me was that life is too short. My son was one year old then. I was travelling quite a bit.
Imagine if my life was lost in that accident? I now realise that this life thing we live is all about one thing only – love and happiness. For me it would be traumatic if I get to work so hard and not spend quality time with those I love.

Thapelo urged fathers to spend more time with their sons so they can grow up with compassion, respect and a culture of working hard.

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