Favorite Memories of Dad

Dads play an important role in their children’s lives. Some Dads are pranksters, some are disciplinarians, and others are big teddy bears. Regardless of what type of dad you are, your words and actions will leave a lasting impression on your kids. That’s why it’s so important to spend quality time with your kids and create special memories that will last a lifetime.

I asked my readers to share some of their favorite memories of their fathers. Their comments ranged from playing in the backyard to taking road trips together. The common thread in their statements was that they all revealed a strong bond between father and child.

Intimate Moments

Super late on Sunday nights, after the news, Dad would lay on the floor in front of the TV and watch Star Trek. As soon as I heard the music, I would sneak in the living room and lay down next to Dad and watch it with him. I’d fight to stay awake, but almost always failed. I’d wake up in the mornings in my own bed. It was just a quiet, personal thing between Dad and I. – Kathlean O.

My father would sit on a chair and my sister and I would sit on each chair arm and he would read us stories – Like the Sneeches or Yertle the Turtle or Horton Hears a Who.  He always made the voices. – Heather T.

When Dad and I were stargazing in our backyard together. It was fun! – Kate S.

We used to watch wrestling together every Monday night – Casey

When he used to walk me around on the ceiling upside down. – Monique R.

Adventures with Dad

Going to the Cubs season openers as a kid is the best DAD memory – Elise W.

My favorite memory of my dad was when he used to take me fishing when I was about 4 out on his boat and he fed me M&M’s and Mountain Dew all day – Paige J.

Probably when my dad took me on my first roller coaster. It was a fun experience and I’m glad it was just the two of us! – Ashley C.

When he took me to the zoo, just the two of us, when I graduated college – Caryn

My dad died when I was 9 years old, 42 years ago. I have many memories of him including the N.Y. World’s Fair, fishing & going to work with him on his truck. I still miss him! – J. Fortunato

I have so many favorite memories of my dad, but they’re all so distant due to him suffering from anxiety & depression…he’s like a different person now.  I think my favorite memory is feeding the dolphins on our trip to Sea World. – Lynnette

My favorite memory of my dad was him taking me to the library every Saturday morning so we could read books together 🙂 – Danielle

Expressions of Love and Encouragement

My favorite memory of my father is how proud he was of me and how he always supported and encouraged me! – Nancy

All of the times that he told his wonderful stories about his wild life. – Amy Z.

My dad was a wonderful person, I lost him 17 years ago and I really miss him.  He was funny and kind.  I miss hearing him laugh. – A. Doggett

My favorite memory is of him always carrying me on his shoulders to the beach so I didn’t have to walk. – Katie R.

So many memories…my Dad played bluegrass music and one of my favorite memories from when I was a little girl was listening to him play his fiddle and sing bluegrass music. After I grew up and had kids of my own, I always loved seeing him with his grandkids – they were his pride and joy! – alas3lads

My dad was always fun.  He worked a ton but when he was home we would play in the yard together.  We would run towards him and he would vault us up over his head.  So much fun! – Rebecca S.

Daddy’s Little Helper

My greatest memory of my dad is being by his side and helping him with all his fix-it jobs! – Linda G.

My favorite memory of my Dad was when I was a kid he was the mechanic at the local airport.  During a Fly-In festival he let me carry tools and go out on the runway with him, past all the roped off areas full of people. I was so proud to go with him.  I was about 6.  – Kambrea P.

My favorite memory of us was making waffles for all 6 of  kids on Sunday morning so Mom could get a break – Holly C.

Stay Strong,




Question: What is your favorite memory of your Dad?

Photo credits: #1 – Mocha Dad., #2 – Maria M, #3 – JoAnna D.

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at