My children are hard at work, trying to secretly do drawings and make cards, leaving the mess for me to clean. They are sneakily hiding their works of art, forgetting that Dad makes their beds. Its that time of year to remind our fathers we love them. As a father it is a time to remember how lucky I am. I don’t know what these kids have in store for me, I have a feeling it wont be quiet…or clean…or relaxing. No matter what we do, I will be grateful do it with my children. And at the end of the day I want to cuddle up with the troublemakers and read some books. Here are 5 of our family favorite stories about Dads and their kids-
I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
There are lots of great Dads in the Robert Munsch collection, from sleep walkers to giants. So why did I choose a book that primarily features a mother? Well, in the end, that Mom taught her son how to be a great father. The boy who grows into a man sees the value of what his mother has done. Continuing on a tradition of love and connection.
Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer
The classic Little Critter stories always teach valuable lessons in good hearted, entertaining ways. Just Me and My Dad is no exception, as it reminds father and son about the importance of their relationship. As a camping trip goes awry, Dads patience is tested. Its clear that his sons intentions are pure and he truly wants to help. The book ends with a close, familiar, bond.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
It’s a terrible stereotype that only mothers can be nurturing and emotional. This classic about a father and son debating who loves the other more, breaks the mold. Not only can Dads be nurturers, they should be. And we as parents, should never be afraid to tell our children how much we care.
Finding Nemo by Andrew Stanton
This may be a feature film originally, but the story is so good it is worth reading. One of the most recognizable father and son tales, is about love and dedication. At the same time it teaches dads to let their children swim and grow.
Darth Vader and Son/Vaders Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown
These clever books show the entertaining, light side of being a parent. Laughs for the whole family, as the darkest villain in the galaxy copes with life of everyday parenting. At times we need to take a step back and laugh at the frustrating situations.
Thanks booknerds, be sure to share the love with your fathers this weekend.