I think we can all agree that parents are pretty awesome. You know, for feeding, clothing, and sheltering us—just to name just a few things. But today, we are going to focus on dads because there are far too many of them doing weird dad stuff that you just have to see.
As if slinging their dad jokes around everywhere wasn’t enough, some dads take their dadness to an extreme. But on a more serious note, the lengths that some will go to protect their children and make sure they’re happy is heartwarming and just adorable.
So this right here is a father’s appreciation post, for all the dads out there who do outrageous things for their kids. For all the dads whose love knows no bounds and who will do just about anything to see a smile on their kid’s face—we love you!
1. This dad used some tape to make imaginary karts
So that his kids felt more authentic when playing Mario Kart. How awesome is that?
2. “Connor’s Day”
Connor had beat cancer twice before he turned 12, but when it came back, his parents were told he had 11 weeks to live. His father knew he wanted to see a car show, but there were none in their area, so his dad appealed to Facebook and the response was nearly 2200 cars and 4000 people.
Here he is alongside Spirit of Gumball award winner Alex Roy.
3. Take Her Doll To Work Day
When this tough trucker was asked by his little girl to babysit her doll, he didn’t laugh (maybe on the inside) or dismiss the request as silly. Not only did he take the dolly to work, but he chronicled their day together with photos.
4. Noah’s dad built a spaceship
Yep, Noah’s dad actually made a spaceship within the house, just because he loved him. Love is an amazing motivator, as it turns out.
5. “We’re Out, Like You Now”
Check out this letter written by a father to his gay son.
I overheard your phone conversation with Mike last night about your plans to come out to me. The only thing I need you to plan is to bring home OJ and bread after class. We are out, like you now.
I’ve known you were gay since you were six, I’ve loved you since you were born.
6. Short shorts
This dad decided to provide a valuable lesson to his daughter regarding short shorts.
7. Oh, The Places You Will Go
This is what happened after a father bought this classic Dr. Seusss book for his 13-year-old daughter and asked her teachers to write something special.
“Sitting there reading through this book there are encouraging and sweet words from every teacher I love and remember through my years in this small town,” wrote the daughter. “My early teachers mention my ‘Pigtails and giggles,’ while my high school teachers mention my ‘Wit and sharp thinking..’ But they all mention my humor and love for life.”
8. Reading is fun
This father is proving to his kid that it’s fun to learn to read, and he even gave up his seat for her. “After a long day of work, this Dad still knows what his real job is.” – the title of the Reddit post reads.
9. A wheelchair?
Nope, this dad decided that his son is too cool for a wheelchair, so he built an ice cream truck. How cool!
10. The most embarrassing dad in the world
Nothing better than growing up with a father who has a sense of humor. Dale Price has been labeled by the internet as the most embarrassing dad in the world because he literally makes embarrassing his son a daily routine.
11. This dad designed a transformer costume for his baby
I wish I showed up on costume day like this.
12. His son wanted to wear a skirt, so he wore one too
“I’m not one of those academic daddies that ramble about gender equality during their studies and then, as soon as a child’s in the house, still relapse into those fluffy gender roles.” says Nils Pickert, the father of this boy.
13. Two of a kind
This baby had cancer removal surgery which left him with a scar on the side of his head, so his dad got a tattoo that looks identical to the scar so that his son doesn’t feel alone. Respect!
14. This dad became a swing to make his little girl smile
15. Drawing on kids’ lunch bags every day since 2008
This is just a small part of the whole collection
16. Check out this letter for Halloween written by a dad: