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Happy Father’s Day {multigenerational dad round up}

Any man can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” -Anne Geddes


Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!
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Check-out all the great, funny, kinda questionable, and oh so loving dads – in multigenerational-ville – that you find on the small and big screen!

Arthur Spooner, on King of Queens, melts our hearts and makes our jaws drop. He is quirky, high maintenance, and quite unbelievable. I laugh at his interactions with Doug, especially the episode of ketchup vs. catsup. Arthur is well-meaning and often misguided. He would need to sign-up for my in-law boot camp, but he’s still a great dad.

Tom Joad, from The Grapes of Wrath, is for sure a strong and struggling family man. He made major mistakes in his life, but when given a change, he fights for justice to honor his family and take care of those around him. Tom Joad is a great symbol of redemption and forgiveness – a marvelous lesson for a father to pass down.

My favorite quote from the movie: “If there was a law, they was workin’ with maybe we could take it, but it ain’t the law. They’re workin’ away our spirits, tryin’ to make us cringe and crawl, takin’ away our decency.”

Parenthood showcases a variety of dads trying to be present, do the right things, and carve out their own identities as various family dynamics interact.

Peter Braverman is trying to be an “all-American” dad, like his father, Zeek, and provide a stable and healthy lifestyle. I love how reflective he is about the need to rethink the life he crafted for himself.

Crosby entered into fatherhood – already in progress – and is looking to his father, brother, and brother-in-law for a parenting-101 tips so he can have a great family life. Crosby is discovering one size does not fit all.

Zeek, as the patriarch, thinks he has it together but is constantly learning that nothing stays the same – and he needs to adjust (even though he’s sometimes slow in doing this) to new, challenging and fascinating family interactions.

I give all these dads thumbs up in doing their best, having successes, making messes – and staying committed to do it all over again.

Our multigenerational family loves Modern Family. Thanks goodness for TiVo because we are always rewinding and laughing at the most perfect lines in the show.

Phil is my favorite dad on the show because he tries so hard and is often clueless. I love how transparent he is, even in his attempts to be cool and smart. I would love to coach Phil on strengthening his relationship with Jay – Phil is going about it all wrong.

Mitchell and Cameron fantastic dads because they take so much pride in being dads. I know they could “bring it on down” to enjoy fatherhood a little bit more – but hey, I enjoy laughing along with them as the adventures unfold.

Jay is super fortunate to have another change at fatherhood – and how hilarious is it that his stepson is in the same generation as Jay’s grandchildren. Non-stop zaniness there. I applaud these dads for keeping it fresh and real.

I still love The Cosby Show so much and enjoy watching it, in syndication, with my children.

When Denise gets married, moves back home and brings her stepdaughter, Olivia, the reactions of Cliff and Clair where totally understandable. After raising and launching most of their five children, they were ready to have an empty nest, but no, the nest became full again.

As a father and grandfather, Cliff modeled the joy that can only come from staying in the moment. He expressed his frustration, happiness, and creativity while figuring multigenerational living out. Sounds very familiar to me!

The Barone family, on Everybody Loves Raymond, is big on the multigenerational drama. Although Ray’s family lives next door to his parents, one would think they were all living under the same roof.

Ray wants to be a good husband and hands-on dad, but his own mother is still parenting him. Ray’s father, Frank, is still immature, cranky, and highly sensitive as the patriarch of the Barone family.

What I love about these two dads is they keep messing it up because they love their families so much. They hardly apologize because they “just don’t get it“, but they are still working hard at being the best family men they can be. I’ll give them a high-five for effort.

Martin Crane and Eddie (that cute dog) were always my favorite characters on Frasier. Martin was proud of his doctor sons, Frasier and Niles, but also made sure they didn’t get too full of themselves. I always saw Martin as the wise sage helping Frasier and Niles slow down and appreciate daily miracles – instead of constantly trying to one-up each other. Kudos to you, Martin, for modeling firm compassion and reality checks!


Pops and CJ create a funny, yet chaotic, dynamic on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. Pops reminds me of my own stepfather, in that Pops likes his things the way he likes them and that’s how it goes. But, when it comes to the children in the multigenerational household, you see the softer and nurturing side of Pops shine through. (That’s how my stepfather is with my kids. If they want him to put on a tutu – he will – but after re-watching yet another Western movie.)

CJ is a hardworking, single dad who is trying to rebuild his family and stay present for his kids. I cannot argue with his drive. Happy father’s day to these dads for showing that chaos, in a multigenerational home, can be entertaining.

Raising Hope is still one of our favorite multigenerational shows. It’s so wacky you cannot turn away.

Jimmy Chance wants to be a great father and he tries very hard to parent Hope in the “right way“. Jimmy is always looking to his father, Burt, as well as his mother for advice and support. (Mee maw, Jimmy’s grandmother, helps out too…but that’s a whole ‘nother story.)

Burt is completely transparent about his flaws and errors as a father, and he is still working on getting his act together. It’s obvious how much Burt and Jimmy love baby Hope, so I don’t think they will mess her up…to much. I’m rooting for them!

On Golden Pond is an oldie but goodie. (I think I may re-watch it tonight.)

Norman Thayer, Jr. has a chance to redeem himself as a father and step-up as a grandfather in this complex, tense, and romantic movie.

Chelsea, Norman’s daughter, brings her soon-to-be stepson, Charlie, to stay at Norman and Ehtel’s summer cottage. Things are rocky between Norman and Charlie and as the movie progresses, they find the right rhythm to connect on a open and loving level. Norman has a chance to be the parent he’s always wanted to be and Chelsea gets to see her father be the man she’s always hoped he would be.

My takeaway from this movie is, there is always time to make things right, so don’t waste any time. Thank you, Norman for modeling this.

Who are your favorite multigenerational dads in Hollywood (small or big screen)?

Tom Joad, House of Payne, Arthur/King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Modern Family, Parenthood, On Golden Pond, The Cosby Show, Raising Hope