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I was shocked both to hear what Baldwin said to his daughter as well as the casual way it was portrayed on the media. As a divorced father who is separated from his daughter during the school year, I can understand the emotions which can be felt. You are not able to see the daily growth of your child and the seemingly routine events in their life, such as, the science fair or school play. And then, while making your designated phone call that you have been thinking about since the last call, you find out that they are not there. Many of the posters have talked of abuse. Well, I too suffered verbal and physical abuse as a child and I don't condone what he said. Ideally, he should asked her to call him back when she gets this as he misses her. The problem however is that we do not live in a sit-com world and all issues aren't resolved within 30 minutes. An eleven year old is not in control of their environment both physical and emotional. She may not have remembered the time or her phone as she is still a child or she may have had an event scheduled for her at that time deliberately. In any case, she was not the one that the frustration should have been directed. The mother should block out time for the calls. Alec Baldwin may have been caught acting like a "fool" to his daughter, but Kim Basinger set the trap. The parents, both of them, need to realize that this is no longer about them and that their child is not an item listed in their divorce decree.