If Layton is a true gentleman and loves children, how can he possibly be a bad father?
People say he adopts kids and then abandons them. But you have to remember, he is a professor at a college. He can’t possibly take that much time off of his job if he has to teach a class all year. He probably has vacation days like anyone else. As far as we know he’s only left on 7-8 adventures over six years? The trips don’t last more than a few days, a week tops. AND he usually only goes on the adventures in the first place because a friend asked for his help. 5 out of 7 times I believe, including eternal diva.
He adopted Flora after curious village and only left her behind twice. Two times! And honestly I don’t blame him. Because she got kidnapped both times. Yes she worried about them, but Layton probably worried about her more.
As far as Alfendi goes, I think there was probably something from his childhood that had a very traumatic impact on him. I have two theories, either he is adopted and resents being apart of a family that isn’t his or it was his mother’s death (maybe a divorce or disappearance, but something like that)
So considering this, that’s really not that bad. He is working and providing for them. Maybe he works late hours a few nights, sue him, so do a lot of people’s parents. In the games, all we see of Layton is his brilliant adventures, but he does have a normal life. In fact, he tries to live humbly and turns down offers that would make him a lot of money or make him even more famous, usually for someone else’s sake. Because he is humble and selfless and cares about others before himself.