Types of Dads

Types of Dads

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Fathers are an important part of their children's lives, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Though all dads seem to have a certain "dad" vibe, there are distinct types of dads everyone can identify.

1) The Typical Dad



This dad has the "dad bod," wears glasses, and owns a certified pair of "dad sandals." He packed your lunches when you were little and asks how your day was when you get home from school. He tells lots of corny "dad jokes," especially about the loss of his hair. He loves sharing embarrassing stories of when you were little, then proceeds to tell your friends how he loves to embarrass you. This dad constantly switches the channel from news to sports. He debates about politics and enjoys a good barbecue on the grill outside. There is a 99% chance that he threw you up in the air when you were a baby (and almost dropped you).

2) The Outdoors-y Dad



This dad lives and breathes the outdoors. He loves camping and drags the family on lots of adventures in unique nature spots. Most of his shoes are outdoor heavy-duty boots because he is always ready for adventure. He can fix pretty much anything in the house, and you always ask him to open cans or bottles for you. His favorite hobbies include hiking, kayaking, ziplining, riding four-wheelers, and mowing the lawn with his John Deer. He drives your mom up the wall by driving different ways home because of the "scenic view." He has definitely subjected you to wake up early just to view the sunrise, something he often does himself.

3) The Cool Dad



In his mind, this dad is still 18 years old and still the popular kid he was in high school. His idea of formal wear consists of skinny jeans and a T-shirt with a suit jacket. Young or not, this dad tries to keep up with male fashion trends. He can often be found at youth events and jokes that he is still "young at heart." He loves pulling out pictures from the "good ole days" and constantly tries to prove that he's "still got it." He tries to fit in with your friends when they come over, and does his best to keep up with the slang of young people. He greets you with "yo" and texts "lol" in every message.

4) The No-Nonsense Dad



This dad most likely was in the military. He will NOT stand for your foolishness while you are "under his roof" (his favorite phrase). He wakes up super early and gets mad if you don't. He is intense during disagreements, and his most effective method of communicating is demanding. You have endured many speeches on life and your behavior if it is not satisfactory (which is pretty much always). His hobbies include asking about your grades, going down to your school, commenting on what you are wearing, and checking the condition of your room. Though you sometimes feel like a disappointment, this dad ultimately wants the best for you, which is why he is so hard on you.

5) The "Walking Wallet" Dad



This dad is a walking bag of money, to say the least. He started spoiling you from a young age, so there is no turning back now. All your friends are jealous because you always have nice things, thanks to him. He bought you your first car and first phone. Growing up, he gave you an allowance, but still ended up buying you everything anyway. This dad is pretty much an extra scholarship you will always have throughout your life.

6) The Athletic Dad



This dad is a born athlete. He played sports, most likely football, in high school and has not acquired the "dad bod" due to his intense workout regimen. His breakfast consists of strange things, like raw eggs and energy smoothies that make you gag. This dad never misses your sporting events and does more yelling than the coach while there. There is a 50% chance this dad is a personal trainer. You tried to workout with him once and almost died. Most of your friends think he is hot, and you have to remind them he is 20 years their senior (and also your dad--Gross!).

7) The Quiet Dad



His main function in your life is moral support. He is always there for you, but he is more of a listener than a talker. This dad knows a lot and gives great advice if you ask his opinion. This dad teared up at your graduation, when you went on your first date, and at your wedding.

All dads are important! Which is your dad?

Cover Image Credit: Flickr Photography - Giancarlo Zortea

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

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My Mom Is My Biggest Weakness In The Best Way Possible

Although my mom is still my parent, she's also a friend.

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My parents are everything to me. They raised me to be independent, strong, smart, and hard working. They made sure to keep me in line, to ensure that I would be respectful and responsible. They raised me to be prepared for the world before I graduated high school. For everything they've done, I'm very grateful.

Focusing on my mom more specifically, she is my weakness. By that I mean, I can go to her with anything and I know she's willing to listen, to be open, and she won't impart judgment.

My mom always knows how to calm me down, but she is the one person who can also make me cry harder. I don't mean this in a bad way. It's just that whenever I've had a tough day or my anxiety has been heightened by some ordeal, I know that if I see my mom or if I even call her over the phone, the waterworks come flooding. I don't know what it is about my mom that makes me feel so emotional, so vulnerable. Each time I go to her, it's almost as if I'm a kid again, crawling into her mother's arms, seeking a nurturing soul to tell me that everything will be okay.

Sometimes I even avoid calling my mom when I'm in a rut because I refuse to cry or feel weak. For instance, if I had a problem, I'd avoid talking to her about it. If a week goes by, I'll update her on my problems, and begin crying about it (even though I was already over it beforehand). My mom can bring out anything from me. She laughs when I tell her this because she knows that no matter how old her baby girl gets, she'll always need her mama.

I think as I've gotten older, I've realized how much more my parents mean to me. As a kid, I always felt like they were against me. I felt as if they didn't want me to do anything and didn't want me to grow. As an adult, I realize it's the exact opposite. My parents have always wanted what's best for me, and because I've grown to understand this, I feel so much closer to them.

I feel as though now, although my mom is still my parent, she's also a friend. She's someone I can go to when I feel down, someone I can go to for a good laugh. She's so much better than me in so many ways. She's outgoing, loud, obnoxious, smart, and is always seeing the good in situations. When I talk about my mom to other people, they're always so interested in meeting with her or talking with her. When they finally get the chance to, they're instantly drawn to her character. They're drawn to her laughter. I kid you not, my mom can light up a room in seconds. She is always the life of the party. It sometimes makes me jealous when people find out how amazing my mother is because I swear they'd rather be friends with her than me.

What people don't see is her struggles. They don't see the pain she goes through with her ongoing injury. They don't see that not only does it take a physical toll, but also an emotional toll. She hides it really well because that's what parents are "supposed to do." My mom is the strongest person I know and to see the two contrasts of her is astonishing. To think that someone so full of life can also battle personal struggles, it's hard to see, especially because she's my mom and all I want is the best for her. One part of my mom struggles while the other part of her is so vibrant, so full of life, so sassy.

I don't know how she's put up with all of the hardships in her life. I've never seen someone work so hard and refuse to fail. She refuses to be taken advantage of. I've never seen someone as amazing as my mother. She can do anything.

I think my mom looks down on herself sometimes. I think, like any woman, she sees imperfections. What I don't think she sees, that I wish she would, is the tenacity she has. I want her to see herself the way I do: beautiful, strong, courageous, sassy, outgoing. I could go on and on about how much my mom inspires me and how she's made me appreciate her in more ways than one.

Mom, thank you for all that you do and all that you are. I hope you know how much Rachel, Vanessa and I all love you. I hope you know that no matter what struggles we go through, you are our rock. You hold the fort down and you're always there to make sure we're good, even when you aren't yourself. Thank you for always thinking of us, for believing in us, and for never turning your back. I love you more than you know.

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