Not the best dad but he is a dad
He's not considered a bad father because of how he treats Gohan, he's considered a bad father because of how he neglects Goten.
@Marida Cruz, crap memes by Omari
@Marida Cruz, tbf most of the people talk about Gohan. The fans neglect goten too lol. Also, he does try to bond with goten during the Buu arc at the tournament when he has the one day to fight. It isnt much but he is shown to care about goten
@Marida Cruz, umm...he was kind of dead for the first 7 years of his life. I don’t think “not being there” because you’re dead counts as neglect.
@makunouchi82, and what did he do for him when he wasn't dead?
He is considered a bad father because he doesnt act like a Dad. He lets his son be in life threatening situations, ditches him and the rest of his family for training, even after death, and has no regard for how Gohan feels. Piccalo even adresses this when Gohan fights Cell. "Gohan is not a fighter, he wanted to spend time with his Dad." Goku only acts like a Dad after he messes things up, and this is with just Gohan. Even Vegeta acts more like a Dad he strict and hard on Trunks, but Trunks wants to live up to his dad's name. And there are moments where Vegeta shows he's proud or concerned for Trunks. Remember when Recoome snapped Gohan's neck, and Goku didn't fly over and feed Gohan a senzu and pummel Recoome to dust? Compare it to when Cell killed Trunks.
Tl;dr l like Goku, but no, he's a terrible dad.
@Hatori, not to mentioned the reason why he even made a deal with King Yemma to come back to Earth for one day after the Cell saga. And you know what for? The Martial Arts Tournament. Not Gotens birth, or Gohan’s graduation, or even an anniversary with his widowed wife...no, he came back for a tournament. Yeah, a real stand up father/husband right there
Dude he has ditched his family and jeopardized earth many times for fighting!