Category: Mom Chronicles: Hints from the road
on Sat Jun 16, 2012
by Brooke Stephens
A year ago, Mark and our 4-year old daughter Chloe went on their first dad-daughter camping trip. Just to chill near the pine trees, set up a tree swing, and get way dirtier than either would ever 'fess up to mom. On a drive by some similar looking pine trees near Flagstaff last week, Chloe murmured from the backseat, "Look, Papa, remember the treasure we found in those trees? It was over there and we had to go and find it that time." She's talking about a geocache Mark and she found near their campsite on that twosome trip. I love when she conjures up little memories like that unprompted, and it makes me realize that some of this outdoors stuff we enjoy does stick with her. It also makes me appreciate what a cool dad Mark must seem to a little girl — one who takes his daughter to find treasures in the forest.
In honor of Father's Day this weekend, here is a list of some big-screen memorable dads who teach their kids crucial lessons in a way that sticks. These are some of the most iconic Dad nuggets to impart, and all are in their own way treasures their kids will value more later in life. The teaching approach may be different from dad-to-dad, serious to silly to eye-rollingly absurd, but these fathers get it done. So, here's to dads and the many types of treasures they show their children on the Journey of Fatherhood.