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This book gives fathers the pat on the back they deserve. Children of all ages share their heartfelt words of thanks and loving memories in this collection of 101 new stories. Personal accounts of learning from Dad's example and lasting lessons, special moments and memorable outings, encouragement and expectations will bring any father joy, inspiration, and laughs. Whether the reader is a new dad, a father to one or more, a father of teens, a father of grown children, or a grandfather, these heartwarming and humorous stories will resonate with him. He may even find that his kids did pay attention after all! Expect plenty of celebrity contributors!

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"Someday You’ll Understand" Five Lessons Dad Taught That We’re Still Learning From.

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Wendy Walker, with foreword by Scott Hamilton

Inspired by contributors to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad, here are five lessons our fathers taught us that might have an even bigger impact in our adult lives.

1. Appreciate the No’s. As a teen, it’s especially hard to hear the word "no" when you see your friends doing the things you’re asking your dad permission for. When Melissa Face was met at a St. Patrick’s Day school dance at the time of her curfew by her dad, it was especially tough on her. Tough for her to be forbidden to participate in events because her dad wanted her to be safe and protected from harm — even when it was protecting her from watching MTV or PG-13 movies. What Melissa didn’t realize until she was older was that her father wasn’t trying to "be mean" or "unfair" but to protect her and not let her grow up too fast. Reflect back on memories where you felt you were being restricted or held back from high school fun by your dad and realize that love was protecting you, not harnessing you. How can you play a larger role in the important decisions your children make?

2. Take Responsibility, Even Though You Don’t Want To. Growing up is hard and the only thing that makes it easier is the fact that your parents are there for you no matter what…well, most of the time. Cathy C. Hall found that she learned the most when her dad forced her to take responsibility for her own life and grow up when she got a new job and wanted a new car. Her dad told her she should look for a car she could afford. Cathy thought this meant it’d be a car her dad would buy for her, until her dad said he’d co-sign a loan -- but if she missed a payment, it was her responsibility. Cathy looks back at that time and feels pride in her purchasing her own car, it was her achievement — which her dad graciously pushed her to make. What areas of your life do you need to "own" to make the most of an opportunity?

3. Inherit One of Your Dad’s Gifts: Laughter. Ron Kaiser, Jr. worked like a bulldog doing physical labor with his dad outdoors. He didn’t enjoy weeding and made it known. One day Ron rushed to get through a weed-pulling task assigned by his father and felt exultant at his achievement of pulling and removing all the weeds, that is until he learned that he’d actually pulled up the plants his father planted a year earlier. Ron had completely undone the hours of painstaking work his father had completed. What did his father say? Well, he laughed and laughed hard. Ron worked immediately to replant what he’d extracted but was so grateful for his father’s sense of humor and ability to forgive. Are there areas of your life that you are taking too seriously? Could a renewed sense of humor help?

4. Graciously Carry On Your Father’s Gifts. A child wants the full attention of their father and when it’s not given, they tend to wonder why and consider plausible causes — causes of which they tend to not have any knowledge of. On this occasion, Jane Choate’s father had promised to take her shopping, a rare treat, as her father often traveled. However, on the way to the store her father stopped to pick up a boy from church and Jane immediately was disappointed — she felt she was sharing her father’s time with someone else. It turns out that her father was buying the boy, who came from modest means, a suit for his confirmation the next day. Jane left the shopping center with the ultimate lesson in hand — you can’t buy the satisfaction one receives from helping others. How can you share your gifts with others?

5. Work Hard and You Will Be Rewarded. Newt Gingrich said "perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." What Karyn Williams learned from her father is the feeling of "I did it!" long after she and her body gave out from marathon running. Her dad cried "This is how I practiced not quitting." This statement and incredible sense of strength of self carried Karyn through many incidents in her lifetime. Her dad challenged her to keep up, to be strong and to not quit on her dreams, whatever they may be. Because of this amazing inspiration and example, Karyn pushes forward to do all she can to work the hardest, persevere the longest and strive to achieve her dreams! Could a little more determination make a difference in your life?

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