Me and My Dad

It’s Father’s Day Week, so it’s time to celebrate the men in your children’s lives.

This list celebrates dads in a way that underlines what we can do better than moms. This isn’t to say dads are better than mom, these specific things, we are more likely to do better than you (or at least I do better than my wife).

I’m not trying to reignite the Parent Wars here, I’m just sayin’ .. there are just some things dads are AWESOME at.

Each parent brings a specific skill set to the parenting team. It’s true that moms can be better than dads at certain things, so I’m going to argue these are

13 things Dads Do Best:

ice cream cones

FIX ICE CREAM CONES
We won’t just do it because the ice cream cone needs fixing, we do it because we want to.

2 win prizes

WINNING MIDWAY PRIZES
Perhaps it’s our stubborn streak and competitive fire, but our desire to beat the games on the midway is only limited by the number of coins in our pocket.

3 fall

LETTING THEM FALL AND GET HURT
This picture was taken as my son was finishing a 30 yard dash down a hill to toss a rock into the water. You know what happened next. He fell, ripped up his shins and put his face in the pond. I took the picture. Dads are good like that.

4 vids

PLAYING VIDEO GAMES
Old school or new school, Dads are betters with josticks than Moms. You could say, “we were born with it.”

5 couch

SLEEPING ON THE COUCH
Whether it was because of something we did, or due to the simple fact the bed is already full – Dads are good at sleeping on the couch, because we do it a lot.

6 fishing

BAITING A HOOK
Actually, this is something my Dad is best at. My son and I love fishing together, I’m just no good at the fishy part of it all.

7 tough love

TOUGH LOVE
I’m good at ‘time outs’. My wife gets a little antsy after 45seconds, but cross me and you’ll sit there all night, Mister.

8 climb

LETTING THEM STRETCH THEIR BOUNDARIES
I don’t want to say Dads are ‘lazier’ parents, but I, at least, am more lax than my wife. Dads are likely to let kids stretch their boundaries, while attachment moms are wound up tighter than a helicopter. Go ahead, bonk a nose, scrape a knee, get dirty. I can pick you up, kiss it better, clean you up, and make you try it again.

9 sports

THROWING A BALL, SHOOTING A PUCK, SCORING A GOAL
We don’t just watch sports, we like to think we’re really good at them too.

10 books

CHARACTER VOICES IN BEDTIME STORIES
Maybe it’s my background in broadcasting, but when it comes to ‘night night stories’, I bring them alive. Especially Caps For Sale. It’s a classic that breaks my kids into laughter with each salesman impression.

11 cry

SLEEPING THROUGH THE SCREAMS
I used to fake the sleeping thing, but now I can honestly say I don’t hear it. Dads are so good at faking, it eventually becomes a natural skill.

12 piggy

PIGGYBACKS
We get them up higher for a better view, even on long hikes.

13 goofball

BEING A GOOFBALL
I honestly think it’s a Dad’s job to embarrass the kids. It starts when they’re young, kids are goofy and so we love to be goofy with them. As they start to hit the teen years, I’m expecting a lot of “Daaaaad, stop it.”

You can find an exception to each and every one of these rules, but these are the things I do best for my kids or my dad did best for me.

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