10 Reasons Why Dads Are Pretty Cool Dudes

10 Reasons Why Dads Are Pretty Cool Dudes

We all love our dads no matter how many times they repeat the same corny joke
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Father's Day is today. Probably one of the best days of the year to celebrate the one's you love, besides Mother's Day and Christmas. Today is a celebration of the other half of the dynamic duo who raised us, or in some cases the only dynamic. Nonetheless, fathers are some of the coolest people around (hence why they get their own day). In honor of all the fathers, including my own, here are some reasons why dads are such cool dudes.

1. They give us cool trends

From the dad shirts to the dad hats, dads have such a distinct yet intriguing style that we all love. Certain outfits you've seen your dad wear you automatically classify as the "dad look." The classic baseball caps all dads seem to wear have made a comeback into recent fashion. I've come to love it so much I've taken one of my dad's hats to add to my collection (which is continuously climbing).

2. They let us try semi-dangerous stuff

I know that if it were my mom, she would not have let me try to use a lawnmower at age 7, but since it was with my dad it was totally acceptable. Father's are known to have "dangerous" fun, but not dangerous enough for you to actually get hurt. It's only enough danger to have your mom screaming her head off about not letting her baby get hurt or damaged in any way. Dads teach us how to use tools and nail stuff into wood, which is kind of dangerous, but fun.

3. The best babysitters

When dad babysits everything is fantastic. You get to jump off things--in my case the top bunk--and do other exciting things like play outside and run around. Basically get into any mischief with your siblings as long as you don't completely injure yourself. The awesome thing about dads is that they never really see anything wrong with anything really.

4. Bring out your competitive side

Dads teach their kids how to fight for the number one spot, even if that means getting your hands dirty. I mean what dad doesn't want their kid to be the best in sports, school, etc.

I don't think I would have such a love and appreciation for the English language if it wasn't for my dad. From third grade up until seventh grade, I competed in Spelling Bees. I did everything I needed to do to make my father proud for all the hard work we had done to get me into each competition. The competitive drive continued throughout these years and even got me on TV a few times. So thanks, dad.

5. Watching sports = bonding time

Watching sports is a time where your dad gets to tell you all these confusing terms on Saturdays and Sundays that you don't understand at first, but as the years go by it gets a little less confusing. (give it like 10 years...maybe 15)

Watching sports is a pastime for my siblings and my dad. Especially when it's basketball season, we all crowd around the TV while my dad gets to act like he's the coach for four quarters.

6. They're fortune tellers

I'm convinced dads can tell the future. Sometimes they may say things like "You'll change your mind. You probably won't want to do that." Give it a few days and they're right?! Kind of weird, but you have to love them for foreseeing the future.

7."Where's Mom?"

You can usually get your dad to say yes to just about anything, especially if you're the youngest sibling.So whenever your mom says no to something, you can usually get away with it by going to ask your dad.. unless they say "have you asked your mom yet. What did she say?"

8. The hate/love relationship with Dad Jokes

Any child can relate to this. The dad jokes. They make us cringe, but sometimes we laugh anyways because they're so ridiculous.

9. Never Let's You Win

Dads are naturally competitive. Sometimes they let you win in life and sometimes they don't. When you're younger, they go easy on you; they don't want to hurt your feelings. However, as you get older it just gets worse. They start getting really competitive and you start wondering where all the hidden talent was 10 years ago.

But, you really weren't surprised because you got the competitive nature from him anyways so it was expected at some point.

10. Dad will always be Dad

No matter what, even when you've gone to college, your Dad will still always be there to support you, love you, and always keep it 100.


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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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Overcoming a sheltered childhood

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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We all know parents who will be forever overprotective of their child. It may take a lifetime to receive permission to attend a school dance, party, or go out at night with friends. Sometimes having a significant other is not even an option until a certain age (most parents say after college). The list can go on for what parents restrict their child from doing, especially if you live in a traditional, old fashion household.

Parents who are overprotective of their child, of course, come with good intentions. They do not want their child to be exposed to the negativity that is in the world today-- after all, every parent would want their child to live their life as smoothly as possible. But what happens with this helicopter parenting is a child who is restricted of life skills and the ability to deal with adversity.


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I am a victim of a sheltered childhood and overcoming it after eighteen years was the hardest obstacle. My journey begins when I was eleven years old - I entered the beauty womanhood and it scared my father to the point where he could not accept that I was growing up. Middle school is where everyone wants to fit in and be popular, it is a crucial time for a child because they experience heartbreak, bully, and self-consciousness. I remember entering middle school with the mentality of being included with the popular girls, being entirely insecure of my own body, and wanting a boy to like me.

Entering high school, my parents went from papa bears to papa dragons and I made sure to not include them in any of my 'extracurricular activities' in my life. My parents, especially my father, would not allow me to go out with my friends unless my mom came along. For example, my freshman year of high school I wanted to go watch a movie starring Paul Walker and my father's reaction was awful because he assumed that all I wanted to do in life was party with no goals or priorities. This type of mentality extended the rest of my high school experience and dealing with it was extremely challenging.

Throughout this journey dealing with being sheltered from the world, I felt like I was living a nightmare. I had no hope of my parents ever having any faith in me exposing me to society so I had to do it on my own. I would constantly lie to my parents to do things after school and eventually the guilt caught up to me. Unfortunately, it led to losing my parents' trust and that was a wake-up call to find another way to gain the independence I deserve. Joining varsity sports, student council, receiving academic honors helped me. This goal continued even when in my first year of college which was even a bigger test for both my parents and me.

What I used to call a horrible childhood, I now call a blessing because even though I complained and cried on most days - it made me who I am today. All the things my parents sheltered me from is understandable, but it allowed me to attain life skills by involving myself in clubs, volunteer groups, and pushing harder to get good grades. I am still learning as I go, but with the independence my parents have now given me, I am proud of all of us having faith in each other.

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