10 “Dad Skills” Remembered for Father’s Day

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Being a Dad requires a particular set of skills. I have been an eyewitness to these talents – first as a daughter and now as a wife and mother.

With Father’s Day around the corner, I have been thinking about the fathers I have known, which led me to develop this highly un-scientific list of “Dad Skills” that teach kids important life lessons:

  1. Walking It Off

Moms tend to kiss the boo-boos, and Dad’s job is to tell you to get back up. Dads are also doctors for any wound. Growing up, when I got hurt, I feared the arsenal of first-aid cleaning solutions and creams. I just wanted a band-aid and a hug. No alcohol swabs please. But Dads don’t do whining either. One of my favorite lines from my own Dad goes something like, “Oh is that finger still bothering you? Let’s cut off that hand, so it won’t bother you anymore.”

  1. Dad Jokes

Every Dad has a go-to line-up of terrible jokes. Do Dads truly think these are funny? Or, do they simply enjoy inducing eye-rolling in their offspring?

Enjoy these Dad joke gems:

Q: How do you organize a space party?
A: You planet.

Q: Why did the scarecrow win an award?
A: He was out standing in his field.

Q: What do you call a two-legged dog?
A: Doesn’t matter, he’s not going to come.

  1. Back Up

Kids seem to learn rather quickly that when Mom says “no,” they should go ask Dad. The trend continues even further into grandparenthood. Grandpa never says no. The trick to this is to get to Dad before Mom does.

  1. Ingenuity

Dads always seem to have tools to repair anything. It may not be the right tool, but they will have something. This skill relates directly to how Dads never read any directions.

  1. Tech Support

Dads can’t all be computer wizards, but they are always willing to lend a hand. Need to finish that art project for school? Hand Dad the glue stick. Need a spotter to work on your balance for the big dance recital? Call Dad – but, be warned: Dad may try to join in.

  1. Willingness to Embarrass

This skill grows in sophistication proportional to a child’s age. Dads will sing songs and dance – if you can call it that – in public at the drop of a hat. Embarrassment serves two primary functions: make you laugh, or as a threat to make sure you follow directions. As we grow up, the antics become more extreme. Sorry, no examples here. I refuse to give Dads any ideas about how to do this!

  1. Rough Housing

This is a great past-time with a built-in guarantee. Children are not liable for any broken or damaged goods. Dads always take the heat on this one.

  1. Dad Reflexes

Maybe it is due to watching Sports Center or any number of action movies, but Dads seem to have super-hero reflexes when it comes to protecting kiddos. It is the built-in safeguard for horseplay, and every Dad’s sixth sense.

  1. Exterminator

Bugs, rodents, and reptiles are no match for Dad. He will remove the home invaders without complaint. Just be cautious here, as this may be prime territory for a Dad prank. Here is an example: Dad might hide a bug inside a tissue – the crunchier the better – and take a well timed bite, as if munching on the critter, which leads me to …

  1. Gross Outs

There is an array and a variety of the types of gross-out experiences that Dads can. Again, I won’t encourage Dads on this one. The two words that come to mind are sounds and smells. Yuck.

Thanks Dads. Because of your skills, and despite some of them, you make life more interesting.


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About Kimberly Knowles

Kimberly Knowles has a BS in Communication and post graduate education in event management, editing, and publishing. She enjoys writing, reading, and scrapbooking, believing that preserving photos and mementos is a great way to share memories. She currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida.

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