Tom admits that during most of his son, Billy’s, childhood, he was an absentee father, working overseas in the U.S. Navy.

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Billy says he believes his father was more interested in earning money than being a dad.

Years of resentment and estrangement have led to altercations between father and son.

“Are you sorry for being an absentee father?” Dr. Phil asks Tom.

“Every day,” he replies.

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In the video above, Dr. Phil reveals how he can relate to Billy’s feelings, and encourages Tom to apologize to his son. Watch what happens.

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