19 Signs You're Not The Mom Friend, You're The DAD Friend

19 Signs You're Not The Mom Friend, You're The DAD Friend

Step over, mom. There's a new 'parent friend' in town.
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We all know the mom friend of the group. She texts to make sure you make it home safely, always has a water bottle for you and probably is far more comfortable hitting the sack at 10 p.m. than going out and drinking.

Well, step aside, mom friend. There's a new cool parent in town and it's me: The dad friend.

1. You make dad jokes constantly

*Leaving your apartment with your friends to go downtown* "Got your wallet? Got your phone? Got your head? HA!"

2. You offer to eat everyone's unfinished food

If you see a slice of pizza just lingering on your friend's plate, untouched, you will offer to eat it.

3. You know at least 2 "dad tasks" and your friends request your help with them

Car needs to be jumped? Who you gonna call? DAD FRIEND.

4. If you've been to the area literally once, you will go rogue with no GPS

"Let's just go without the GPS. I'm sure we'll find it, my parents drove through here 7-8 years ago on the way to vacation."

5. You read the newspaper

You can certainly enjoy news digitally, but you appreciate a publication with your sports and your obituaries in the same place.

6. You nap wherever, whenever

Being found napping in a recliner at 2 o'clock in the afternoon? Total dad move.

7. You have never ordered a salad in your life

And your excuse is probably something to the effect of, "well, we're all going to die anyway."

8. You are a huge fan of at least one sports team

You've got the apparel and you actually watch their games and follow their season.

9. You have a hard time keeping up with the "teen lingo"

You find yourself checking out a lot of vocabulary on UrbanDictionary.

10. ...You call it "teen lingo"

Though you may be a few years past being a teen, you still refer to "those teens" (or those whippersnappers, for our grandfather friends) as if it was at least a decade ago.

11. You are very huggable

Everybody raves about your hugs, but only a select few get to enjoy them.

12. You think you're a great dancer. Nobody else thinks that.

If anyone ever said, "hey, you're a good dancer!" your first response would be, "no, I'm *insert name here*" and then say "I know!"

13. Everything you look forward to revolves around food

"Can't wait to go watch this movie! Going to get some candy and popcorn."

"Can't wait to go visit grandma! They're going to order pizza!"

"Can't wait to go to the BMV! It's right next to a McDonalds!"

14. You vet your friends' boyfriends and threaten them if they do wrong by you

You're about one kid and a "Dads Against Daughter's Dating" shirt away from holding a rifle in some prom pictures.

15. You are more of an, "Eh, let's just see what happens" kind of person

Boo to the mom friends who try to "protect your safety". I think its a great idea for you, 14 shots in, to jump up on the bar and perform a dance number.

16. A lot of people don't get your dry sense of humor

You try your best, but sometimes your hilarious jokes don't land. Oh well, the people who's opinions you actually care about will get them.

17. The passenger seat in your car is more than likely not clean

Old receipts, cups and various garbage probably litter the passenger seat floor. Your friends are used to a little crunch under their feet when they get in.

18. Your perfect foot wear is either a plain sandal or a closed toe tennis shoe

Heels = hell. Give me a pair of Crocs and I'll be fine.

19. You don't always tell the people you love you love them, but you always show it

Your friend-ing style may be more based in tough love, but dads have been doing it for decades so clearly it works.

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A Letter To My Mom Who Also Happens To Be My Best Friend

We all have friends but no friend is as special to us as our mom.
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To All The Best Friends:

We all have a best friend or two. Girls have many friends, but there is one friend we can all truly count on. We all know her and hope to be as great a friend as she is one day. She's that friend that's always there. The one you can always count.

This friend will be there at the drop of a hat. This friend will answer no matter what. This friend is your mom. Mom, mommy, momma, mother, or whatever you call her you know she's your best friend. My mom really is my best friend. Some people say that but don't really believe it.

Best friends are the ones we can tell our deepest secrets. The secrets that we trust everyone with. The secrets I tell my mom she usually already knows. When I tell her I'm upset she already knows that too. She is the person who is always the happiest for you.

Ever since I was little my mom has been the first one in the stands and the last one to leave my awards. My mom is there no matter what. Having my mom as a friend means I can count on her, but as my best friend I can always trust her.

Whatever she has to do can wait. Whatever she has going on can go to the back burner. When it comes to an event she's there.

To say I love her is an understatement. She is the best friend I'll ever have. When I'm sick she's there to take care of me even though she is risking getting sick. I've had four different surgeries and countless doctor appointments and she's always there.

My favorite thing about her is that she loves me unconditionally even when I do not deserve it. I don't deserve the love she gives to me but she gives it anyways; that and that alone is why your mom is the best friend you can ever have. Thank you to my mom and all the other moms out there that are our best friends.

Love,

The Daughters Who Are Beyond Thankful for You.

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Hey Dad, You Were R-I-G-H-T!

Why all our fights and arguments have lead me to believe that my dad was right after all.
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As I hung up the call after another of the many fights my dad and I have had, I could not help but wonder why is it that we fight so much?

I mean, I am not even exaggerating when I say this. My sister and my dad hardly fight. It's like they know the secret peace code that exists between a father and a daughter. Me, on the other hand, well... my dad and I are more at war with each other.

Whether it is in person or over the phone we always have something or the other to argue and fight about!

Be it sports, politics, movie plots, fangirling over TV Shows, or how I am managing life in college and away from home, we never run out of topics to argue over.

So, today as I wonder what all my dad and I can argue over, I can't help but acknowledge the fact that he was right most of the time. (Not all the time!!)

Be it the nights before my math exams when he would yell at me and tell me how "DUMB" I was to make silly mistakes, to him being shocked that I have no doubts before my math exams now, all I can say is, "dad you were right" — practice and more practice is the key to knowing math.

Be it constantly bickering with each other or him yelling at me to do all of his petty household chores, because, let's face it, we are both equally lazy to do anything without any incentive. All I can say to that now is "thank you!" You and Amma not only made me efficient but it also taught me how to look after myself in college.

If I haven't mentioned this earlier, my dad and I are really competitive and love racing each other. We do it in the weirdest of places possibles. We weirdly enough compare one another to see who is the laziest person and have a constant argument about who is the picky eater out of the two of us. (For those of you wondering, it is my dad.) See, my mom and my sister are both super active, love every kind of food, and would never fit into the criteria of "picky." This is just mine and my dad's thing.

Now that I think about it, this relationship has taught me the importance of healthy competition, how to appreciate the small things in life, how to find happiness in the littlest of things, to enjoy whatever I am doing, and more importantly, to always appreciate the people I am with.

While my dad and I may argue about many things, (Yes, there are many additional issues I've not addressed for the benefit of this article.) all I can say is that there is no one else who could replace him.

He is the most humble, grounded, SMART, sarcastic, and sassy role model and superhero a girl could ask for.

We may argue a lot, but ask anyone how similar we are, and the list is endless. Our mannerisms, our laidback attitude, our love for the same genres, even how we look and shop -- it's all the same!

Ask anyone who I look like and the response is mixed. Some people find my resemblance uncanny to that of my mother, and the rest find me a carbon copy of my grandmother (my dad's mother) and my father.

As I end this article, I want to give a huge shoutout to both my parents for being amazing role models and teachers, for teaching me through the smallest of things. And I want to give an even bigger shoutout to my dad for his birthday! I miss you terribly, and love you even more APPA!

(Here's a picture of my dad casually vacationing with his friend in Rome.)

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