Homer and his father had a distant relationship because they were rarely in agreement however due to Elsie and Homer’s commitment their relationship was soon restored. Some of the conflict between Homer and his father was his father’s views of rockets being a “childish thing” and wanted Homer to work in the coal mine just as he did. Homer’s father John also believed that football was more important than Homer’s rockets which lead to favouritism and sibling rivalry towards Homers brother.
Homer’s father John saw rockets as a childish thing and a waste of time as did quite a lot of the town’s people. Most of them didn’t like the idea that Sputnik could be used to drop bombs or as a spy satellite, Homer however was intrigued by Sputnik and wanted to build his own and go into space. John wanted homer down in the coal mine working the way that he did, because to John that was what a man without a football scholarship did in Coalwood. (Homer: No. Coal mining may be your life, but it's not mine. I'm never going down there again. I wanna go into space.) We see that John wanted homer to work in the mine when John has an accident and has to take a break from working there so Homer steps up and volunteers to go into the mine and make money for the family. (Elsie: Pretty soon you'll be able to go back and finish up the school year.
Homer: I'm not going back to school. A few weeks left in the term, I'll just stay put.
Elsie: I think you ought to finish high school. Well, tell him, John.
John: Homer's not a boy anymore. I don't think I can tell him anything.) John used to always try to tell homer off for building his rockets but now that homer is working in the mine it it as though John respects Homer’s choice for once. John clearly shows through this that he does not want Homer building rockets and that he wants him