You're a man of 'igh position
Esteemed by your peers
And when your little tykes are cryin'
You 'aven't time to dry their tears
And see them grateful little faces
Smilin' up at you
Because their dad, 'e always knows
Just what to do
You've got to grind, grind, grind
At that grindstone
Though child'ood slips like sand through a sieve
And all too soon they've up grown
And then they've flown
And it's too late for you to give
— Bert, "A Man Has Dreams", Mary Poppins
"If you miss little Timmy's softball game even once, he'll end up a serial killer all because of your terrible parenting."
— Nathan Rabin's review of North, The AV Club
Thane: You're angry because I wasn't there when your mother died.
Kolyat: You weren't there when she was alive. Why should you be there when she died?!
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you coming home, dad? I don't know when
But we'll get together then
You know we'll have a good time then
— Harry Chapin, "Cat's in the cradle"
Jotaro: Hey, Jolyne... How's it going?
Jolyne: Fuck you, dad! You leave me and mom to go out adventuring in your fucking ocean with your fucking narwhals and then come and visit me in fucking prison like none of that ever happened? What do you have to say for yourself!?
Jotaro: ... I made fajitas?
— JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged: The Mother of Jolyne Kujo
"You just keep going out fighting all these causes. But I don't want a fighter, I want my mom."
Gul Dukat: I'd promised to take him to the amusement center in Lakarian City. He always wanted to go, but I never had the time. I told him, "This year will be different, Mekor. This year I will make the time."
Capt. Benjamin Sisko: I had the same experience with Jake. At that age, they never understand, do they? You just hope that, one day later, they'll look back and say, "Now I understand. Now I know why he did that."
Dukat: When my son looks back on this day, the only thing he'll remember is that a Federation officer, on a Federation ship invaded his home, and kept his father away from him on his eleventh birthday, and he won't look back with understanding. He'll look back with hatred, and that's sad.