I have sort of a serious issue. I have a step-son whom I pretty much provide, discipline and nurtue like my own. My issue is, I feel like I should be doing more. Im going to be honest and put my biz out there, I come from a "tough love" enviornment. My parents made sure (by any means necessary!) that when I left home I had respect for adults as well as character to do what was right no matter what. Of course I was not an angel, but I knew where to draw the line. Its is true, we live in a different time yet I think many people use that as an excuse not to handle their business when it comes to their children. My (step) son is 5 and I have been in his life since he was 2. What I wanna ask is, how important is it for fathers to hug their little boys? Of course my tough love approach is providing much needed discipine and respect, but does this child KNOW that I love him? I am the only father figure in his life right now and I dont want to give him all the tools needed to succeed in life, yet not show him how to love his fellow brother. What do you guys think?