Also see Father Poems, Daddy's Girl, Family ABC Lists and Parenting.
Remember, Father's Day is the third Sunday in June.
- #One Dad
- #One Father
- Best Dad Award
- A Chip Off the Old Block
- Daddies and Daughters
- Daddy's Girl
- Daddy's Hands
- Daddy's Home
- Dear Ol' Dad
- Father and Daughter
- Father Knows Best
- Father of the Year
- Father's Day
- First National Bank of Dad...
- Great Fathers Get Promoted to Grandfathers
- His Father's Son
- Hop on Pop
- Just Like Dad
- Just Me and My Dad
- Let Me Be the Man My Daddy Was
- Life With Father
- Like Father, Like Son/Daughter
- Man of the Hour
- A Man's Home is His Castle
- Me and My Father
- My Dad Rules!
- My Daddy Hung the Moon
- My Daddy Said
- My Dad's a Hero
- My Dad's a Star
- My Father's Eyes
- My Father's Shoes
- My Heart Belongs to Daddy
- Our Dad Has a Heart of Gold
- Our Dad's the Greatest
- Proud Father
- Proud Papa
- Seein' My Father in Me
- Super Dad
- That's My Dad
- What a Dad
- Where's My Daddy?
He's Taking the Pictures!
- World's Best Daddy
- World's Greatest Father
- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy.
- Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! (Lydia M. Child)
- By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder, infinitely prouder, to be a father. (General Douglas MacArthur)
- By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right--
he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong! (Charles Wadsworth)
- A Dad is someone you never outgrow your need for.
- A Dad is someone to look up to no matter how tall you've grown.
- A Daddy is a man who has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.
- A Dad is your biggest fan, even when you strike out.
- Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.
- A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there,
but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.
- A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.
- The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty as the son who neglects them. (Confucius)
- Fathers are men who give daughters away to other men who aren't nearly good enough...so they can have grandchildren who are smarter than anybody's.
- Happy is the father whose child finds his attempts to amuse it, amusing. (Robert Lynd)
- I could not point to any need in childhood as strong as that for a father's protection. (Sigmund Freud)
- I never had a chance to choose the man to be my Dad--
But I sure thank my lucky stars for the taste my Mother had.
- I'm as lucky as can be, for the world's best dad belongs to me.
- It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. (Anne Sexton)
- Mommy would never divorce Daddy. He's just like one of the family. (Bil Keane)
- The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. (Theodore Hesburgh)
- My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. (Clarence Budington Kelland)
- My father taught me to be independent and cocky and free thinking, but he could not stand if it I disagreed with him. (Sara Maitland)
- Simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
- Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. (Ruth E. Renkel)
- There's a bathroom in heaven for the father of girls.
- A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.
- When my father died and my two brothers and I sat down to talk about him, we discovered that we were talking about three different men--and I had never met the other two.
- We are so peculiarly constituted that it is easier to be a large hero than a small martyr: a father would willingly risk his life to save his child from a burning building, but not give up his afternoon of golf to take the child to the zoo. Yet it is the small sacrifices, multiplied many times, that give love more meaning than the heroic gesture in a crisis.
Did I ever say thanks
for all the toys you mended,
games we played,
outings to the park,
and the way you always tried
to cheer me when I was down?
Did I ever say thanks
for the sacrifices you made
so I could be involved
in so many enriching activities?
Did I ever say thanks
for working so hard
to provide for our family?
Did I ever say thanks
for having such faith in me
and always being there
when I needed you?
But most of all,
Did I ever say thanks for caring?
Dad, I love you . . .
And I'm thanking you now.
My Father When I Was...
4 years old: My daddy can do anything.
5 years old: My daddy knows a whole lot.
6 years old: My dad is smarter than your dad.
8 years old: My dad doesn't know exactly everything.
10 years old: In the olden days when my dad grew up, things were different.
12 years old: Oh, well, naturally, Father doesn't know anything about that. He's too old to remember his childhood.
14 years old: Don't pay attention to my Father. He is so old-fashioned!
21 years old: Him? My heavens, he's hopelessly out-of-date.
25 years old: Dad knows a little bit about it, but then he should because he has been around so long.
30 years old: Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks. After all, he's had a lot of experience.
35 years old: I'm not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad.
40 years old: I wonder how Dad would have handled it. He was so wise and had a world of experience.
50 years old: I'd give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn't appreciate how smart he was. I could have learned a lot from him.
What Are Fathers Made Of?
A father is a person that is forced to endure childbirth without an anesthetic.
A father is a person that growls when he feels good . . . and laughs out loud when scared half to death.
A father never feels worthy of the worship in a child's eyes.
He's never quite the hero his daughter thinks . . . never quite the man his son believes him to be . . . and this worries him.
So he works too hard to try and smooth the rough places in the road for those of his own who will follow him.
A father is a person who gets angry when the first school grades aren't as good as he thinks they should be. He scolds his son . . . though he knows it's the teacher's fault.
Fathers are persons that give daughters away to other men who aren't nearly good enough . . . so they can have grandchildren who are smarter than anybody's.
Fathers make bets with insurance companies about who'll live the longest. One day they lose . . . and the bet's paid off to the part of them they leave behind.
I don't know where a father goes when he dies, but I've an idea that after a good rest . . . he won't just sit on a cloud and wait for the girl he loved and the children she bore.
He'll be busy there, too . . . repairing the stairs . . . oiling the gates . . . improving the streets . . . smoothing the way.
(Zula Bennington Green)
Boys always seem to get the worst of things.
At an age when they can see no reason or value for doing so, they are taught to be polite to girls and women, particularly not to hit little girls.
They are required, if there are more people than chairs, to stand while others are sitting, or to sit on the floor when others are in chairs.
Their rooms are often less decorated, smaller, colder, hotter, than their sister's rooms.
They are pressed into lifting, carrying, pulling, hauling, opening doors, holding chairs, holding coats.
The list could go on. A boy serves a long apprenticeship, but in an excellent cause. It prepares him to be a father.
A father is the one who answers the doorbell late at night, and the one who goes downstairs to investigate that loud noise, goes unarmed and in his pajamas, to face either an intruder who does not want to be faced, or to discover that the cat has knocked over a lamp.
He is the one who, when the car balks, gets out to look under the hood or to change a tire while the family sits comfortably inside.
He is the one who, at the end of an entertainment, goes out in a pouring rain to bring the car so others who came with him will not get wet.
He is the one who is up front when there is trouble, a war or a policeman knocking on the door with bad news. He is the one who talks to the lawyer or the neighbor with a broken window.
He is the one who wears his old suit another year because the money is needed for the new baby or for schoolbooks or children's shoes.
He is the one who at Christmas receives half interest in a butter dish or a bedspread or an eggbeater or a bath towel and washcloth.
He is the one who, when his mother comes to visit, goes off to work while his mother and his wife go shopping.
And he is the one who goes off to work every morning, sometimes to a job he dislikes, so the family can have the necessities and some of the luxuries of living.
A happy day to all fathers.
Fathers Are Only Human
Maybe your father gets crabby sometimes.
Maybe he could tell you things a little more gently.
Perhaps you are blamed or even scolded unfairly once in a while.
But, think of all the times when you did something wrong and got away with it. You're still far ahead of the game. And don't think your father is angry or grouchy every time he talks in a serious way; maybe he's worrying about you--and with good reason.
The next time he gives you a good going-over, take it like a good soldier who had made a mistake, and when he finishes, look at him honestly and tell him: "I'm sorry, dad."
Don't ever turn away from your father with a grudge in your heart against him--a grudge that may last for days at a time.
You don't have to put a halo on your father's head or wings upon his shoulders to get the right picture of him. But remember, he is not just a man who provides the home in which you live, the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the money you spend. He is your FATHER.
Let's not wait until it is too late to let father know that we really love him and appreciate all that he has done for us. If father has already passed away, let's not forget to say a special prayer for him today.
Simple, Quick Father's Day Album
Title page: simply "Happy Father's Day"
The rest is two-page spreads. Can use the following poem (design of page in parenthesis)
- God took the strength of a mountain (olive paper cut with antique scissors to make a mountain into the side of the right hand page and the two small wilderness evergreens)
- The majesty of a tree (Tree die-cut)
- The warmth of a summer sun (yellow sun die-cut)
- The calm of a quiet sea (water design line across bottom of both pages)
- The generous soul of nature (border down side of right hand page in brown paper with wilderness squirrel, raccoon, acorns and leaves)
- The comforting arm of night (blue star print paper border down right hand side page and a moon and a few stars in the corner)
- The wisdom of ages (heritage tricycle, wagon, motorcar on the cobblestone design line and heritage plane in corner of right hand page)
- The power of the eagles flight (American flags, air force design line across bottom of both pages)
- The joy of a morning spring (small design line fence with chipmunks and daffodils)
- The faith of a mustard seed (bible and church stickers with a yellow cross die-cut)
- The patience of eternity (wilderness fishing hat, net, basket pole and gone fishin' sign)
- The depth of a family need (two children playing stickers on grass with a play ball)
- Then God combined these qualities (sparkle stars)
- And then there was nothing more to add (school days writing tablet across bottom of page and various school stickers especially the calculators)
- He knew his masterpiece was complete (red brick design line across bottom of both pages with tools down the right hand side)
- And so he called it...Dad. (Gold, silver and pinkish hearts down both sides of the page)
Use paper that coordinates with the stickers and die-cuts. Write each verse on strips of white paper and mount the white slip onto colored paper. Use photos to go with the poem or just ones you like. Pictures ideas--fishing, Dad with his grandkids, after a hunting trip, with his parents, when he was in the service etc. You can use photo sleeves and turn this into a perpetual album.
Fathers Day Album
Use the Denim Album, one phrase per page with appropriate photos.
The Strength of a Man
The strength of a man isn't seen in the width of his shoulders
It's seen in the width of his arms that circle you.
The strength of a man isn't in the deep tone of his voice,
It's in the gentle words he whispers.
The strength of a man isn't how many buddies he has,
It's how good a buddy he is with his kids.
The strength of a man isn't in how respected he is at work,
It's in how respected he is at home.
The strength of a man isn't in how hard he hits,
It's in how tender he touches.
The strength of a man isn't in the hair on his chest,
It's in his heart . . . that lies within his chest.
The strength of a man isn't how many women he's loved,
It's in how he can be true to one woman.
The strength of a man isn't in the weight he can lift,
It's in the burdens he can carry.
© July 15, 1999
Jacqueline Marie Griffiths
Father's Day Tribute Album
Take pictures of the kids giving Daddy breakfast in bed, Daddy opening presents, and any other special activities. Trace the kids' hands on a scrapbook page and let them write what they love about Daddy next to their hand. If they can't write yet, write for them. (Sherilyn)
Father's Day Card idea
(Use tool stickers or die-cuts to illustrate this poem.)
You're the finest Dad I ever SAW
You suit me to a T
And none can MEASURE up to you
That's PLANE enough to see.
So strictly on the LEVEL, Dad
I'm proud as PUNCH to say
You're the greatest Dad of AWL
So have a happy father's day.
Perpetual Father's Day Card
Use a Reflections album and on the first page make a title. Simply "Happy Father's Day" will do! On the next two pages trace the kids' hands and have them write or dictate (depending on their ability to actually write) what they remember about daddy this year. This all goes on the left page. Give each child a color. Example: Johnny is Blue, Suzie is Red. Trace Johnny's hand in blue and have him write in blue. Suzie all in red. On the right side, mount a photo of the kids. Try and think of someplace that will be there every year. Did you plant a tree this year? Watching IT grow along with the kids would be cool! Then you take a new photo in the same place every year. Mount it on the right side with some paper. List the kids and their ages.
Songs about Fathers
- And Her Daddy's a Millionaire - The Iveys (1969)
- Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy - Kid Creole and the Coconuts (1982)
- Be-Boppin' Daddy - Les Cole and the Echoes (1958)
- Big Daddy - The Merri-Men (1961)
- Blues for Pop - Don Grolnick (1991)
- Cat Daddy - Jimmy Johnson (1956)
- Color Him Father - Linda Martell (1969)
- Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father) - Lindsay Lohan (2005)
- Dad - The Statler Brothers (1981)
- Dad, I Gotta Go - Cledus Maggard (1976)
- Daddies and Daughters - Lee Roy Parnell (2006)
- Daddies Need to Grow up, Too - The O'Kanes (1987)
- Daddy - Sammy Kaye Orchestra (1941)
- Daddy, Can You See Me - Anita Cochran (1997)
- Daddy Could Swear, I Declare - Gladys Knight and the Pips (1973)
- Daddy, Daddy I Gotta Get a Phone in My Room - Betsy Brye (1959)
- Daddy Don't Care - David Garza (2004)
- Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast - Wayne Newton (1972)
- Daddy Drives a Ford - Courtney Dickinson (2009)
- Daddy Dumplin' - Donna Fargo (1972)
- Daddy Frank, the Guitar Man - Merle Haggard (1971)
- Daddy Gave My Dog Away - Doug Dugger (1948)
- Daddy Had a Buick - Doug Moreland and Matt Skinner (2009)
- Daddy Never Had a Chance - James Bonamy (1997)
- Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind - Confederate Railroad (1994)
- Daddy on His Knees - New Tradition (1997)
- Daddy Played First Base - Homer and Jethro (1970)
- Daddy Sang Bass - Johnny Cash and June Carter (1975)
- Daddy Stopped in - Claude Gray (1962)
- Daddy Was a Navy Man - Kevin Denney (2002)
- Daddy, What If - Bobby Bare (1973)
- Daddy's Come Around - Paul Overstreet (1991)
- Daddy's Eyes - The Marshall Tucker Band (1993)
- Daddy's Girl - Scorpions (1993) (this is about abuse)
- Daddy's Gun - Lisa Angelle (1999)
- Daddy's Hands - Holly Dunn (1986)
- Daddy's Home - Cliff Richard (1981)
- Daddy's Home, But Mama's Gone - The Monotones (1960)
- Daddy's Last Letter - Tex Ritter (1950)
- Daddy's Little Baby - Mickey Lee and Shonnie Lane (1958)
- Daddy's Little Girl - The Mills brothers (1950)
- Daddy's Little Man - O.C. Smith (1969)
- Daddy's Money - Ricochet (1996)
- Daddy's Oldsmobile - Hal Ketchum (1992)
- Daddy-O - Joey Castle (1959)
- Dance with Father Time - Craig Bickhardt (2001)
- Dance With My Father - Kellie Coffey (2004)
- Dear Dad - Linda Welby (2008)
- Disneyland Daddy - Paul Evans (1979)
- Don't Cry, Daddy - Conway and Kathy Twitty (1973)
- Drive (for Daddy Gene) - Alan Jackson (2001)
- Father and Daughter - Paul Simon (2002)
- Father and Daughter, Father and Son - Johnny Cash (1974)
- Father of Girls - Perry Como (1968)
- Father of Judy Ann, The - Red Sovine (1968)
- Father's Day - Poco (2006)
- Games That Daddies Play - Conway Twitty (1976)
- Great Grandfather, The - Bo Diddley (1959)
- Hey Daddy - Charlie Louvin (1968)
- Hey Daddy, There's a Hippo in the Tub - Anne Murray (1979)
- High-Geared Daddy - Webb Pierce (1950)
- I Don't Call Him Daddy - Doug Supernaw (1993)
- I am My Dad - Electric Bonsai Band (2001)
- I'm a Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas - Sidney Bechet (1957)
- I'm a Long Gone Daddy - Norman Wade (1979)
- I'm the One Your Daddy Warned You About - Del Rio (1997)
- I've Written a Letter to Daddy - Bette Davis (1975)
- Let Me Be the Man My Daddy Was - The Chi-Lites (1969)
- Lily's Daddy's Cadillac - Willy DeVille (1993)
- Little Child (Daddy Dear) - Eddie Albert and Sondra Lee (1956)
- Long-Haired Daddy - Vernell Hill (1964)
- Me and My Father - Cosy Sheridan (1994)
- Mom and Dad's Waltz - Patti Page (1961)
- My Dad - Paul Petersen (1963)
- My Dad's Dinner Pail - Mick Moloney (2006)
- My Daddy Said - Jen Cass (1996)
- My Father Was a Fireman - Dick Jonasv (2006)
- My Father's Eyes - Eric Clapton (1998)
- My Father's House - Darrell Scott (1999)
- My Father's Shoes - Cliff Eberhardt (1990)
- My Father's Voice - Judy Lynn (1963)
- Oh My Papa (O Mein Papa) - Eddie Fisher (1954)
- One More Year of Daddy's Little Girl - Ray Sawyer (1976)
- Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line - Waylon Jennings (1968)
- Pa, I Need a Car - The Contours (1963)
- Papa Bear - Keith Harling (1998)
- Papa Was a Rolling Stone - The Temptations (1972)
- Papa, Come Quick - Amanda Wilkinson (2007)
- Papa's Going Crazy, Mama's Going Mad - Bob and Randy Atcher (1940)
- Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown (1965)
- Proud Father - Jon McLaughlin (2007)
- Rainbow in Daddy's Eyes, The - Sammi Smith (1974)
- Rattlesnake Daddy - Bill Callahan (1948)
- Real Rockin' Daddy - Hoyle Nix and His West Texas Cowboys (1955)
- Rockin' Daddy - Sonny Fisher (1955)
- Seein' My Father in Me - Paul Overstreet (1990)
- She Didn't Color Daddy - Kaye Adams (1966)
- Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine - Ray and Ina Patterson (1973)
- Single Father - Kid Rock (2004)
- Sugar Daddy - The Bellamy Brothers (1980)
- That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine - Simon and Garfunkel (1997)
- That's My Dad - Sheb Wooley (1962)
- To Daddy - Emmylou Harris (1978)
- Tricia, Tell Your Daddy - Andy Kim (1969)
- Unwed Fathers - Gail Davies and Dolly Parton (1985)
- Use Mine - Jeff Wood (1997)
- Who's Your Daddy? - Toby Keith (2002)
- Why Don't Daddy Live Here Anymore - Bonnie Owens (1965)
- Your Daddy Don't Like Me - Kris Jensen (1961)