Father knows best, the saying goes (although, we confess, we didn’t always listen). As we celebrate the man of the month this Father’s Day, we asked local dads to share their best piece of advice to children of all ages. Pay close attention!


Bellissimo with wife Katherine and children Nicole, Matt, Michael and Paige

Photo by James Parker


Mark Bellissimo
Founding partner of Equestrian Sport Productions

“Get experience and don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way … as long as you learn from them.”



Helander with daughter Camilla

Photo by Michael Price

Bruce Helander
Artist and owner of Helander Studio

“I taught my daughters early on to strive to be whoever they wanted to be and to know the difference between right and wrong as they conducted their lives. There were never any set rules from me, including curfews, and among their friends they were often home first because they didn’t have to be.”



Brad McPherson
Associate at Akerman LLP

“Dream big, work hard, laugh a lot and never compromise what is right.”


Jack Nicklaus
Professional golfer

“Listen to your mother.”


Nicklaus (second from right) with wife Barbara (fourth from right) and grandchildren

Photo by Jim Mandeville / The Nicklaus Companies

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