Thanks for the advice, Dad!

It’s that time of the year when you get to thank your dad for being… well, your dad! Sometimes we forget to thank Dad for all the great lessons he has taught us over the years. Maybe your dad taught you how to correctly grip a golf club, or perhaps he gave you advice on how to successfully swing a putter. Tell us about the best lesson you ever learned from your father. Maybe he taught you a skill, provided you with guidance or shared some advice that has really come in handy. We want to hear about it!

Here’s how to enter the contest: Post your lesson from Dad to both this blog and our Facebook page from 6/12 to 6/16. Two winners will receive a $250 American Express gift card, which means you can now invest in a new driver, putter, golf bag, or treat your dad to a round of golf! You can check out our official rules for the Father’s Day Contest here.

Does your dad need something to use to freshen up after a long day of golfing? This week, Price Chopper has a coupon for $1.00 off any Dove Men+Care product (valid 6/12/11-6/18/11). Dove Men+Care products will leave Dad feeling refreshed and recharged.

Price Chopper would like to wish all the Dads a Happy Father’s Day!

  One thought on “Thanks for the advice, Dad!

  1. pamela pitcher
    at 12:36 pm

    my dad taught me that just about anything can be fixed with WD40 or Duct tape.

  2. at 12:41 pm

    What I learned from my Dad were many hard won lessons, if I had jst listened the first time. One thing he taugt me was to trust your first instincts, they are always right. The other is he has an uncanny habit of finding any thing I’ve lost. He taught me to check the oil and air pressure, Even though I’m a girl to always look under the hood of a car before you buy it. He taught me how to find a bargain and how to bargain for something i want. He taught me to hug those you love and those you don’t cause lifes to short.

  3. elaine wieczorek
    at 12:56 pm

    I learned from my dad not to discriminate against people because they were different than me. This upbringing brought me many friends that I might otherwise have never made.

  4. Kim Neider
    at 12:59 pm

    I have learned over the years the subtle lessons, that Dad taught me. Work hard and be happy. Always help the ones less fortunate then yourself. Be happy with what you have. Treat animals with love and respect, to name a few. Dad has been gone now for 12 years, and the way I look at things now can be attributed to his outlook on life, and his subtle lessons. Love and Miss you Dad <3 .

  5. at 1:11 pm

    As we said in our house hanging a picture or building its not the popes house

  6. at 1:28 pm

    Growing up unfortunately I didnt have a father. So for me my life lessons came from my Uncle George. He taught a few things I try to instill in my son today. First and for most is respect. No matter what, you need to be respectful and courteous especially your parents/family members. Another thing is hard work. My uncle George is one ofthe hardest working men know. Working the same 9-5 job for over 30 years now, coming home and taking care of things around the house before he gets inside and relaxes. My Uncle George was the greatest role model I had and other kids too. He always volunteered during my cousins baseball and football practice. Idont think I would be the man I am today if it werent for him.

  7. Christi
    at 1:33 pm

    What have I learned from my Father? Where do I begin. My father is actually my stepfather. He met my mom when she was pregnant with me, He was young and she was a young single mother of 2 and one on the way. He gave up his muscle car for a family car and took us all as his family. Eventually they had a son together and not once has he EVER treated us any different from his own blood. He is the most incredible man. He taught me so many things and still does to this day. All of us were raised to work hard and be honest. He has never judged us for making mistakes. I am now 39 years old and I treasure this man, my Dad. I have two children and have raised them with the same morals I was raised with. “Give everything you do your all and be the person that people will admire.” My Dad is a man everyone would admire and this gift card would give them alot of gas in the truck and fifth wheel camper to take a nice trip this summer!!!!!

  8. Rosemary
    at 1:33 pm

    Lessons from my dad began when I was very young. He was honest, truthful and a man of integrity. He never did anything that would reflect in a negative way his character, love for God, family and country. One outstanding lesson he taught me was how to drive. Living in a more populace area, meant having to drive on the highway. He taught me great lessons on when to be in the passing lane, and when not to. Everytime I am on the highway or interstate. I never knew at that time how useful and helpful that would be. Everytime I am driving a distance on the highway, I remember that.

  9. Dawn Vincent
    at 1:38 pm

    My dad taught me that family didn’t always include blood, my dad brought me up since I was 4 years old. He married my mom when she had 4 children and he knew he could never have a child of his own. He raised each of us kids, as his own. He taught us great discipline and to love each equally. He was a hard working man, had been in the Marines and was a Police Officer when I was growing up. Each of my siblings are forever grateful to him for loving us and our mom!!

  10. at 2:11 pm

    I lost my dad 16 months ago and I think the most important thing that I learned from him in his final few weeks before he passed was the meaning of true forgiveness. You don’t realize how mistakes that you make effect your life or the lives of others around you and Tim McGraw says it best in the song, Live like you were dying.. when he says “”And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
    “And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.” Watching my father in the days/week before he passed and how he could truly get over his anger towards others not for them.. but for himself has taught me that life is too short to hold grudges and that holding on to regrets and anger only hurts you… that it’s not worth it. You feel so much better when you forgive yourself or others that have wronged you. There isn’t a day that hasn’t passed since he died that I don’t wake up and say thanks to him for that life lesson. He was an amazing father and grandfather. There are still many sad days when I wake and realize that he’s gone but the smiles come more often now.. and through those sad moments and the happy ones.. I come to realize that I am who I am because of the way I was raised and loved by him and that love is always the true meaning of happiness. Without it none of the small, big or material things really mean that much.

  11. at 2:30 pm

    dad taught me many life lessons but my favorite 1 is always try something twice the 1st time might not come out right so try again

  12. Rosie Laquerre
    at 2:37 pm

    My dad taught me many things, but among the most important was that a job worth doing is a job worth doing well. No job is unimportant and doing it right the first time is the best way to go. One of his favorite sayings is “measure twice, cut once.”

  13. at 3:37 pm

    my dad is very old fashioned,we grew up on a small farm with woodheaters n fans , n drew from a well,also grew our own food n chickens for meat n eggs. this was in the late 70s n early 80s ,not that he couldnt afford to get up to date things(like ac,real heaters ,runnin water)he refused to pay for extravagances of that sort.ohh i how i hated it!but now in this economy with 5 kids ,theres been many a time when i had to survive without runnin water ,no electric ,low on food,etc.im so grateful he taught me those skills .it was easy for me while others couldnt fathom how i did it.love my dad

  14. Holly Alessi
    at 4:51 pm

    My Dad taught me to take my time and to do things right the first time!

  15. at 5:28 pm

    I was taught how to find the humor in everything, making difficult situations a lot more bearable!!! Happy Fathers Day to all of the 518 Dads!

  16. Laura copperwheat
    at 6:07 pm

    My dad recently passed away at age 62 due to lung cancer. I learned a lot of lessons from my dad including to keep going despite obstacles and to always try. My dad even taught my children (ages 6,4,2) life lessons about simple things like sharing and compassion for others. He is dearly missed!!

  17. stacie vandruff
    at 8:09 pm

    My step dad taught me sooo much that i dont know where to begin. he taught me to stand on my own two feet, and to be a strong person. It was never his way only. he always made suggestions, then let me make the choice which option i thouight was best and supported my decisions. He has always stood by me through the thick and thin,good and bad. I have sooo much respect and love for this wonderful man. I have a great relationship with him and i thak god every day for this wonderful man that my mom has chosen to settle down with. the one lesson that he taught me is that you have to stand your ground. I am currently in the process of filing for divorce,and with his wisdom, i have learned alot. he has always been there with a helping hand, as well as kind words to everybody that knows him. he would never turn his back on somebody that needs help of any kind. Just want to say I Love you Harold.

  18. Mitchell Grefer
    at 10:09 pm

    I am 22 and my dad raised me alone since I was 3. I learned a valuable lesson. “LIVE”. Live life because nothing is fair. Live with what is available and change what you can for the better but just live and do it with a smile. I love my dad. He is sooo right. Enjoy what you have.

  19. at 10:10 pm

    My dad taught me to never be afraid to go after what I want in life. If it doesn’t work out, it’s not a failure, just try again.

  20. Cheryl Gosselin
    at 12:47 am

    I lost my father only 2 1/2 months ago, but his love of history and genealogy will live on through myself, a member of DAR, and my son, who promised his grandfather that he would join SAR like he had just as soon as he gets through college.

  21. Mary Lowery
    at 1:26 am

    My Dad taught me what every girl should know. Have pride in yourself and always be able to take care of yourself. He taught me to be a strong independent woman. Thanks Dad..i love you!

  22. Kim Taylor
    at 6:22 am

    The best advice my father ever gave me was to appreciate people while they are here. That is a lesson which sadly rang true to me when my husband’s father passed away at age 50 — just months shy of our wedding. My son really misses his grandfather and the experience has made my appreciate my father more. As the old saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it is gone — well that especially holds true for people. If you are lucky enough to have your dad here this father’s day — show him you appreciate him — take him to breakfast, give him an
    extra hug…or just say a simple “I Love You!”

  23. at 11:12 am

    My dad ingrained in me Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.”

  24. at 12:04 pm

    Living on a dairy farm as a kid, the best advice Dad ever gave was “If a cow raises it’s tail, stand back unless you want a shower”

  25. Brandy Pascazio
    at 3:10 pm

    My husband just taught my son the best lesson of his life. It’s ok to color yourself green and say your green lanturn bacause it wins you tickets from Price Chopper to see the sneak preview of green lantern!

  26. Anthony Pascazio
    at 3:29 pm

    Aim for the cheerios.

  27. at 5:39 pm

    thru my father putting me and my brother first with everything, he has shown me hard work, determination, and unconditional love. He is on my side with everything I choose to do and always pushes me to strive for the best. I am who I am today because of my father

  28. at 6:32 pm

    My Dad taught me how to work hard and always respect authority. Now in his 80’s he showed me how to make the BEST APPLE PIES on earth! YUMMMM

  29. at 11:45 pm

    My father taught me to always gives others a chance. They may not have been fortunate enough to have had the same lucky circumstances that you’ve had (for instance, don’t assume someone is poor because they’re lazy). I think that’s a really valuable lesson. People can sometimes be too quick to judge and pass others by.

  30. John Coppler
    at 10:53 am

    Thanks Dad, for teaching me how to change brakes on a car. I think about you every time I do this and appreciate the fact that I don’t have to pay to have this done. A little hard work to feel that you accomplished something is always a good thing. This is just one small thing that I’m thankful for and have passed on to my sons.

    Happy Fathers Day Dad.

  31. Rich Ruotolo
    at 1:54 pm

    My Dad taught me that I could do just about anything I put my mind to. Always to think positively. Happy Father’s Day Dad – I love you and miss you tons.

  32. Michelle Ruotolo
    at 2:12 pm

    My Dad taught me how to bet the horses. Thanks Dad. You are a real winner.

  33. Karen
    at 4:07 pm

    My Dad taught me many things, but one of the best was to stay optimistic and never stop trying for what you want. He suffered a severe stroke at a relatively young age. He was paralyzed on one side immediately after it and was told he would never walk again, without major assistance, by his doctors. I never saw him let it get him down, he did not feel sorry for himself at all. He worked at physical therapy activities for a few years until one day for their weddiing anniversary he walked into the room unassisted, to surprise my mother. His hard work and positive attitude have set the standard for me in handling difficulties in my life. No matter what I have faced it could not compare to what he had to face, and how he handled it has always been an inspiration to me. Thanks Dad, your actions spoke louder than words.

  34. Bill Smith
    at 9:08 pm

    My father taught me to shop at the best grocery store in Troy. The store was the Central market in South Troy. Dad would pull me in the wagon on the way there and pull the groceries home. It is one of my greatest memories.

  35. at 6:21 am

    From the time I was old enough, until my junior year in high school, I played softball. Summer league, school league, it did not matter. At age12, when my Dad announced his interest in coaching softball I was in my glory. I thought, how cool! I get to play softball and hang with my Dad! Looking back, as the 2nd oldest of seven children I have no idea how he found the time, but he did. Throughout the softball years Dad taught me to throw, catch, hit, slide and steal bases. But the most profound lesson that he taught those years, had very little to do with softball. It was the lesson of unconditional love that every child should feel from their parent. At the end of my junior year of high school I learned that I was pregnant. Concerned about how Dad would react, I kept the pregnancy to myself as long as possible. When Dad did find out, my relationship with him seemed to change. Clearly he was disappointed. After all, his hope for me was a softball scholarship and to further my education. For several weeks we did not talk. I was 18 at the time and as you can imagine was pretty scared about what the future would hold for me. I was even more scared about never reconnecting with Dad. Then, on May 14, 1988 a baby girl was born. And if her birth was not miraculous enough, so was the arrival of my Dad at the hospital. Just his presence there was enough, but he made it extra special by bringing a small glove and softball for the baby. All these years later I have been able to feel, that Dad taking the time to process all that was going on at that time, did not mean that he stopped loving me. It meant, that no matter what our children do, we love them unconditionally. Happy Father’s Day Coach Leon Kloczkowski!

  36. at 10:57 am

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our Father’s Day contest! We enjoyed reading your stories and thank you for sharing such great memories of your Dads with us!We hope you and your family enjoy the upcoming Father’s Day weekend! Congratulations to our winners, Sarah Mahmood and Katie DangYoo! Sarah and Katie, we’ll contact you directly to arrange your prize.

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