Fathers rarely get the same positive spotlight as moms. Much of the attention is on what they don’t do for their children. Yet, there are some absolutely amazing fathers out there, giving their very best to their kids. We want to give applause to all you fantastic fathers out there. For those that need a little inspiration, here are some real-life stories of dads showing their kids are number one.
1. Dad Says Cornoavirus Isn’t Going To Dim Daughter’s Graduation
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many 2020 graduating classes across the nation missed out on official ceremonies. This Memphis, Tennessee dad decided that just wouldn’t be suffice for his daughter, Gabrielle Pierce. She had worked too hard to earn her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University to go gently into any still night.
So, Torrence Burson built a graduation stage in his driveway for his daughter. Yes, this was a full actual stage with loudspeakers, music, programs, and the works.
2. Dad Will Eat Anything You Cook
You’ve got to check out this Instagram post by Chris Kyle. It shows dad will always be your number one fan, even if it means sitting for prolonged periods in a tiny chair at your first play kitchen restaurant.
Despite being seated with pink birthday balloons that weren’t even for him and the tenacious cook taking a Paw Patrol break in the middle of preparing his pretend lunch, he gave “Ava’s Kitchen” a stellar review. It’s so cute that popular Motherly even gave this dad a shoutout.
3. Single Dad Creates The Period Fairy
Single dad Maverick Austin got a call from his daughter at school. She thought she’d had a bathroom accident. He brought a change of clothes, but he’d soon get a second call of the same nature. At first, he was annoyed. He was in the middle of an important business call. He told his daughter, Avi, to wipe herself better and put some toilet paper in her panties until he could get back to school.
It then hit him that she’s 11-years-old and this might be her first period. After checking the soiled clothes for confirmation, he rushed back to the school. By the time he gets there, all have figured out what’s going on, and Avi is calm. She joked that she needed a treat similar to a Tooth Fairy visit.
So, Maverick came up with the Period Fairy, who brought Avi a “You Got This” card, ice cream, flowers, cookies, and candy. His Facebook post documenting the day went viral. Moms from all over praised him on his unique and open way of handling what’s typically a very awkward occasion for dad.
4. Forget The Playhouse At Fast Food Restaurants
Most dads are cool if they let the kiddos play for 30 minutes in the playhouse at their local fast food joint. Oakley’s dad stepped up the dad game big time, transforming his outdated living room into a colorful sensory playroom. It has a slide, ball pit, abacus, and walkway.
5. Dad Says The Typical Sacked Lunch Just Won’t Do
Brian Walker is a dad who just wants to ensure his son, Declan, has a happy school lunch. This Texas dad gets up an hour early every day to draw very detailed scenes, characters, and themes on Declan’s brown paper lunches.
On the opposite side, dad writes a word of the day. Not only is the artistic lunch bag a hot topic at school. The drawings and words also created a fantastic opportunity for dad and son to have discussions on the topics after school. What a truly remarkable bonding opportunity and example that dad will always be your number one fan.
6. If It Can’t Be Bought, Dad Will Make It
Tommy is 15-years-old and loves Halloween. As an autistic, non-verbal, and legally blind child with cerebral palsy, enjoying his favorite holiday can be quite challenging in a wheelchair.
Dad, Tom Hardy, decided to start making the wheelchair part of the costume. He spent weeks to months ahead of October to create elaborate wheelchair transformation costumes, including a Sponge Bob Pineapple and a Game of Thrones dragon. Way to go dad!
7. Dad Is Never Too Busy To Chat
Millions watched DJ and Kingston Jierre Pryor lounging on the couch having a heartwarming father-son moment. It was so cute that Denny’s has snagged the duo up for the ultimate Father’s Day commercial.
8. Dad Takes Petsitting Seriously
Twitter named Daniel Veerman the cutest petsitting dad ever after he went to great lengths to recover his daughter’s beloved hamster. His daughter, Stephanie, was away at college, and dad was tasked with caring for her pet hamster, Chester.
One day, Chester accidentally escaped. The meltdown of epic proportions included profuse apologies and vows to not go to work until Chester was found. He even put out flour all around his cage to track his movements. Dad Daniel eventually found Chester. But the cuteness of this text exchange was immortalized on Twitter.
9. Dad Stops At Nothing To Make Daughter Feel Special Every day
This New York firefighter dad has set Instagram afire with his cute videos. JimmyHowell and baby Kensley have become Instagram stars for their adorable father-daughter moments, including a weekly spa day, workouts, and swims.
Sometimes being a dad isn’t about one grand “dad moment” where you get to swoop in and save the day. Instead, it’s about making everyday a saved memory.
10. Dad Shows He’s Not Afraid Of The Taboo
It’s a taboo subject for many men. In countries like Uganda, it brings great suffering and embarrassment from inaccessibility to supplies. Yet, it’s something most all females endure monthly. Despite being mocked by his peers, this dad decided to change the situation for his daughters. Now, he’s helping other daughters, too. Milton is making reusable sanitary towels to end period poverty.
11. Dad Makes Dancing Possible
McKenzie Carey has been doing pageants from a young age. She suffers from a rare growth disease that’s left her in a wheelchair and unable to talk. The Tennessee dad wasn’t going to let any of that stop her from being the star of the show.
Watch as he lovingly spins her around the stage and picks her up for the ultimate father-daughter dance. It’s an inspiring dad moment that millions have viewed and shared.
12. Stepdad Says Nothing Is Impossible
We can’t forget the stepdads out there making sure kids have amazing lives.
This stepdad knew that his fiancé had one wish on their wedding day – to dance with her disabled son, Alex Dieterle. Martin secretly spent weeks hand-making a harness device. It strapped his 13-year-old stepson to Martin’s bride. With a little extra help from stepdad, this was a magical family moment caught on video.
13. Dad Says Stare At Me
When Gabriel Marshall was left with a large scar on his bald head after brain cancer surgery, he felt insecure and ugly. So, dad decided to get a matching tattoo on his own head. The touching story became a media sensation for both fatherhood and cancer awareness.
There’s often an assumption that fathers want boys, not girls. In talking about Kobe Bryant recently, ESPN’s Elle Duncan said that he was such a proud dad of four girls and once told her he’d happily have five more. The comments spawned the viral #GirlDad movement. Celebrities and everyday dads alike flocked to social media to proudly post pictures of themselves as a #GirlDad.
15. Dad Will Fight A Bear, Too
In 2015, Gabriel Alexander and his dad, Greg, were camping at North Carolina’s Fontana Lake. Greg awoke to his son being dragged off into the woods by a bear. Dad swung into action to attack the bear. After jumping on its back, the bear finally let his son go. Looks like mom isn’t the only parent willing to fight a bear for their child.
Thanks To All You Amazing Dads Out There
We hope you enjoyed these 15 amazing dad stories. Do you have an amazing dad story? Share them with us in the comment section, and don’t forget to give the dads in your life a smile by sharing these stories with them.