The second half of this makes a much better argument than the first half. John might not have been "Father of the Year", but he damn sure wasn't "a bad father, period". :P<< at first I thought it was talking about John Watson and I was confused lol
Excerpt from John Winchesters journal. I honestly can't decide if I love that man or hate him.<< I think at some point John was just doing what he thought was right even though he still sometimes thought it was wrong.
You can't tell me that John didn't care about his family. But here's the thing: you can love your family, your kids, with EVERYTHING you have, do anything for them, including selling your SOUL to save them.
Season 5 episode 13 "The Song Remains The Same" Sam and Dean's reaction to going to the past back in time and meeting John and Mary Winchester, facial expressions reaction, sad to afraid, happy to emotionless Soldier
he was a neglectful father (Canon. Who leaves a small child for weeks at a time and makes them responsible for their sibling? They made illusions to abuse (Dark Side of the Moon, for one), and the boys have a lot of emotional issues stemming from this.