arents. They're the people we turn to for everything and rely on to help steer us through life. As kids, if a problem needs solving, we run to our mom or dad, hoping to glean some wisdom. And when we become parents ourselves, we take on the responsibility of being protector, provider, and (in the case of more than one child) referee.
But just because parents are the responsible ones, doesn't mean they don't have their quirks.
As it's been observed by kids through the ages, mom and dads tend to have their own ways of doing things. Maybe it's the age gap, or possibly the lack of sleep parenting brings, but whatever the reason, Twitter accounts like @ClassicDadMoves show the goofy and heartwarming ways dads navigate life, when being "cool" isn't a priority anymore.
When we need someone to turn to, parents have our backs.
Whether we grew up with a mom, dad, or both, chances are, they were the people who had our backs. It’s not easy being a kid, but having parents to turn to makes us feel like we have someone in our corner to support and love us unconditionally.
But that doesn't mean we like them all the time.
Just because our parents do their best to take care of us doesn’t we’re immune to tough love. Nowhere is that better seen than when a parent has to lay down the law to teach an important life lesson. No one particularly likes getting grounded, but there’s usually always a good reason for it.
Sneaking out is fun when you’re a kid. But when you’re a parent? Your child sneaking out is enough to give you a heart attack.
And if we weren't trying to butt heads with our parents, we were trying to figure them out.
Even when we grow up and have our own children, chances are, we’re still trying to figure out where our own parents are coming from. They’re just people, after all, and they have their own way of doing things and interpreting the world. Loving them is easy, but attempting to deduce how they approach certain things can turn into a part time job.
Moms fall into their own quirky category.
OK, maybe all moms don’t wear “mom jeans,” but that doesn’t mean they don’t have odd habits. This is mainly because they have to do keep track of dentist appointments, remind us to put on clean clothes, and find everything when it goes missing. These women never sleep, so forgiving them for the times they ask “Did you brush your teeth?” in front of our friends is necessary.
And then there are habits and mannerisms we can all look at and say, "That's such a dad thing to do."
Dads and moms are great because they both love their kids in completely unique ways. Sometimes, this means encouraging daredevil behavior when mom’s not around. And other times, it means imparting wisdom in the way of life hacks he’s been using for decades. Whatever the case may be, dad’s have a unique way of navigating life and helping us do the same.