While Greg’s mom tends to want Greg to explore different interests, Greg’s dad has more specific ideas about how he’d like Greg to spend his time. He encourages athletics, frequently telling Greg to go outside and exercise and buying him a weightlifting machine for Christmas. He is uncomfortable with Greg playing with a Barbie Dream House, and tells him instead to choose toys “more appropriate” for boys. In this sense, he is more concerned with a cultivating a particularly masculine identity in Greg than Greg’s mom is. However, he is also a supportive and engaged parent, as he encourages Greg to run for student government and plays pranks like spraying passing teenagers with water. Greg’s dad is also Roderick and Manny’s father.
Greg’s Dad Quotes in Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid quotes below are all either spoken by Greg’s Dad or refer to Greg’s Dad. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Abrams edition of Diary of a Wimpy Kid published in 2007.).
When Mom and Dad saw my wish list that year, they got in a big fight over it. Dad said there was no way he was getting me a doll’s house, but Mom said it was healthy for me to “experiment” with whatever kind of toys I wanted to play with.
Greg’s Dad Character Timeline in Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The timeline below shows where the character Greg’s Dad appears in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...to Halloween. He loves trick-or-treating, although his mom says he’s too old for it. Greg’s dad likes Halloween too, since he hides in the bushes and sprays passing teenagers with water.... (full context)
...more “well-rounded.” Greg protests that this will interrupt his weightlifting schedule and looks to his dad for support, but he is overruled. Greg arrives to try out for “The Wizard of... (full context)
...but Uncle Charlie simply gives him a large framed picture of Uncle Charlie himself. Greg’s dad gives him the biggest gift—a brand-new weight set—but Greg doesn’t have the heart to tell... (full context)