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Coraline's dad seems to be an okay dude. He tries his best to entertain his daughter (and to cook her dinner), but because he works from home, he doesn't have a lot of of time to play with her:
He had his back to the door as he typed. "Go away," he said cheerfully, as she walked in.
"I'm bored," she said.
"Learn how to tap-dance," he suggested, without turning around. (2.47)
Even if Coraline's dad is really busy, he loves her... a lot. Coraline tells the cat a story of when her dad stayed next to a wasps' nest, risking getting stung, in order to protect her. Would you take a wasp sting for someone? Only someone you really, really love, right? Coraline looks up to her dad, too. He's the one who taught her was bravery truly is: doing something when you're really scared. Without that lesson in bravery, she may have never been able to save him from the evil beldam, so it paid off.