06/15/2012 12:17 pm ET Updated Aug 15, 2012

Father's Day 2012: 8 Heartfelt 'Dear Dad' Secret Regrets

Father's Day has a way of reminding us of the important things we want to say, should say, or should have said to our fathers. This can be especially true for children of divorce. For some, expressing ourselves comes easy. For others, it can be so difficult that the words that need to be said have never been spoken to the men that need to hear them.

A surprisingly large number of people have anonymously shared those difficult words of regret to me through my website, and many are featured in my book, Secret Regrets: What if you had a Second Chance?. With my Secret Regrets community, people have found a safe place to anonymously confess the biggest regrets of their lives. They realize that no matter what they are going through -- they are not alone. Many of these secret regrets focus on the relationships between children and their parents -- specifically fathers.

For Father's Day, I have scoured the 25,000+ regrets that have been confessed to me on and chosen eight of the most heartfelt and heartbreaking "Dear Dad" regrets.

“Dear Dad” Secret Regrets