Fathers Day: Best Advice Dad Ever Gave You?

Patch wants to hear your most memorable words of advice from your dad. Is "life isn't fair" one of those pieces of advice?

An unknown author once wrote, "Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad."

As I've walked the tightrope of a couple of decades as a dad, I find myself wondering what little moments will stick in my daughters' memories the way these stick in mine:

  • Dad's patience in teaching me to drive as I tried to wrestle the steering wheel of that huge Chevy Impala on a back country road.
  • Dad's bonhomie as he greeted friends, dear and obscure, to the funeral of his dad.
  • Dad giving me a knuckle burn on my brushcut when I was 5 or 6. It was a knuckle sign of affection.

Father's Day is here. Alameda Patch wants to hear the best advice your dad ever gave you. If you are a dad, what is your favorite piece of advice you give your kids? You can also send us your favorite pics with you and your dad. You can add photos to this story with the "Upload Photos & Videos" button above.

Patch us your comments in the comments section below — give dad a shout out.

Happy Father's Day to all of those fantastic dads out there.

Lance Howland is the editor of Walnut Creek Patch.

Marie Long June 17, 2012 at 02:43 PM
1) Always look someone directly in the eye as you shake their hand. The return handshake and look will tell you everything you need to know about this person. 2) Find humor in any situation (this was never told to me. He lives this way and I emulate it).
Charlotte Tlachac June 17, 2012 at 05:46 PM
"You're not too old to sit on your Daddy's lap until YOU decide you are! And you're allowed to change your mind after a bad day." I shared this with a male friend once who had commented that now that his daughter was 13, she was too old for lap time. Later he thanked me profusely as his daughter had felt shut out by the decision and still needed her Dad to be there for her in that way.
Tom Brody June 27, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I would argue against it. Rumors and innuendos can easily be converted into irrebuttable facts, by the mere expedient of inventing or repeating the rumor. I suggest viewing Meryl Streep's movie, "Doubt," from the year 2008, as an example of the spontaneous conversion of rumors into facts, and how this conversion can damage a person's career.


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