Cliche Dad Activities

Bringing Home Kittens, Dress Up Tea Party, and Going Fishing

Every dad I know has walked through a moment of cliche-fatherhood. You know what I am talking about. Being kept awake at night by a crying baby, doing tea parties with your daughters, bring home stuffed animal after stuffed animal from work trips. What you probably don’t realize is how important these activities are for the memories of our children.

In fact, I can look back at my life and think of a few ways my father did something which was much a stereotypical father thing to do, and I loved it and still have vivid memories. Stop for a second, can you think of something your dad did?

Nevertheless, our kids thrive on these moments. And I thought it might be fun to share a few stories from my life. And start the conversation of other stories dads have given their kids.


Gone Fishing

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One of my most vivid memories is sitting on the dock of a lake with my dad, grandfather, and brother. Grandpa would be smoking his pipe and drinking the same can of beer all afternoon while my dad would be managing mischief between my brother and I.

I don’t even think my dad did any fishing of his own all afternoon. He would help us cast our lines and then we would get bored and reel them in by the time he would sit back down to his pole. Grandpa at some point would start to fall asleep and my dad or I would go over and pull on his line a little bit to wake him up.

And of course, my brother would be the one to catch his limit of fish on the lake. And yet, while we would be tired from being in the sun all day on that dock, I can remember the pride I felt to be able to do it with my family. In the moment, I thought it was so lame, but now I yearn for those days.


A Box of Kittens

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If you ever want to watch a four-year-old and a two-year-old lose their minds with joy, bring home a box with two kittens in it. Hands down, this was a defining memory for my little girls. They were so excited to see those two little kittens they could barely sit still.

And of course, I couldn’t help myself. We brought them in and set them down. My two-year-old squeezed one so hard its eyes nearly popped out, but it didn’t seem to care. And my four-year-old had a permanent smile plastered to her face. The joy was infectious to my wife and I as we took videos and pictures of the moment.

This was the first time we had done anything like this since we just moved to a little farm. And it probably won’t be the last, but this I hope will be an amazing memory deposited in to my girls childhood.


Daddy Tea Party

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My daughters love a good ‘tea’ party. Since they don’t really get tea quite yet, it is mostly a picnic of cookies and water in their tea cups. But they love it. The thrill of getting to pour themselves and have treats on the floor is their favorite.

And this is clearly something many dads do with their daughters because I recently saw an Instagram post with a dad wearing his princess crown on the floor with a Disney princess dress tied around him while he saluted his daughter with a tea cup in hand.

His daughter was clearly enjoying herself and it seemed dad was too. I know our tea parties are a little hectic with my little girls, but they are fun memories of doing things together. Which is what my sweet girls want, they want to be with their daddy.

I always raise my glass for a toast to Tea Party Dad.


These are only three examples of the Cliche things we do as dads. Do you have stories as a dad or about your dad doing fun things with you? Share in the responses below, because I would love some ideas to add to my children’s memories.