Soap Stars weigh in on the fatherly advice they give or have been given.

To commemorate Father’s Day, asked a few soap opera stars, “What was the best fatherly advice you received while growing up?” We received some sound advice and a few laughs…

Days of our Lives:

Molly Burnett (ex-Melanie Latham): As for camping, “Don’t WeeWee in the TeePee.” His advice on sports, “Catch the ball with your hands, not your mouth.” His culinary advice? “Don’t dip your marshmallows in your neighbor’s fondue.” Molly says, “What can I say, my dad knows it all.” [smiles]

Casey-Deidrick-days-chad-eye-candy-hwCasey Deidrick (ex-Chad Peterson Woods): I’d say two things: “Be an individual” and “Next time you pee, put the damn toilet seat up!” [laughs] “Sorry Dad.”

Dylan Patton (ex-Will Horton): I don’t know about advice, but every day my dad would drop me off at school and he’d say, “Learn something, for crying out loud!” [laughs] And then he would say, “I love you, schnookums,” as loud as he could as I was walking by everyone.

General Hospital:

Scott Reeves (Steve Webber, “GH”): The best fatherly advice he’s received is one word… “Listen.”

Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie): My dad always told me, “There is nothing more important than family”! I always tell my children, “Your word is everything!”

Young and the Restless:

Daniel-Goddard-sick-kids-appearance-YR-JJDaniel Goddard (Cane Ashby): “You catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar.” My father probably said this to me everyday… a close second would be… “You have to look the part to get the part.” That had nothing to do with acting although it is très apropos… but it does apply to life… it indeed goes hand in hand with my mother’s one… or two… “If you walk like a duck, and quack like a duck… then you’re probably a duck!”

Kate Linder (Esther Valentine): My father (Ralph Wolveck) always said and by the way still says, “You can accomplish anything you want, as long as you put your mind to it.”

The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy AwardsDoug Davidson (Paul Williams): Well, it changes when you become a father yourself and you realize what you’re faced with in making decisions about raising your own children! But the best fatherly and motherly advice, because I was lucky enough to have a family that had parents that worked together in tandem … well, the two words that ring true are “love and support.” That’s what I always received from my parents. There’s responsibility given to you when you have unlimited love and support, and that’s the responsibility to be grateful and thankful for what you have. To not take anything for granted and to not be enabled by the stream of allowance you may or may not get, or by the mistakes your parents made. You owe it to yourself, and to the people who raised you, to follow your passion and your goals, and to spread the same love and support that you receive.



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– Christine Fix, Candace Young, and Lori Wilson

Written June 18, 2012. Refreshed March 1, 2016 by Christine Fix