As we celebrated another Father’s Day this past weekend what more appropriate time to take a look at some stuff about dad, daddy, pa, papa, pappy, pater, pop, pops or ‘the old man’.  

While we might all call our fathers “dad”, that certainly doesn’t make them all the same or mean there is only one kind of “dad”. Dads are just like other, regular people and can go about the art of dadding very differently. Let’s start with a nice little title I read at Pram Jams last week which illustrates this perfectly:

Book cover for  Some dads

Some Dads / Nick Bland.

Some dads are very careful and some dads misbehave.
“Some dads like strolling and some dads, rock’n’rolling!”
Each dad has his own way of being a dad and they are all delightful!

There is such a spectacular variety of dads out there but I’m sure there’s one thing we all agree on.

Ours is a …

Book cover for Superhero dad and daughter
Book cover for  Superhero dad and son

Yes, our superhero dads are quite amazing! They certainly have all sorts of fantastic and obscure talents but there is one dad “superpower” that is more like a sub-power. It can induce hospitalisable levels of cringe; lead children to claim they were adopted; reverse the flow of rivers, and is an unconfirmed cause of global warming. It is the kryptonite of good taste, known colloquially as the dreaded “dad joke”. If you are made of sterner stuff than me, and are wearing asbestos underpants, why not try a few yourself …

Book cover for The very embarrassing book of Dad jokes

The very embarrassing book of Dad jokes / Ian Allen.

Proving the age-old maxim that ‘it’s in the way that you tell them’, Dads – for the best part of forever – have always been renowned for being truly god-awful joke tellers.

The very embarrassing book of Dad jokes is full to the rafters with dreadful jokes that only your dear old Dad would dare say.

And despite the fact you didn’t ask for it, like any good dad joke, your going to get some anyway!

How did the baker get an electric shock?
 He stood on a bun and a currant went up his leg.

 What relation is a doormat to a doorstep?
 A step farther.”

Hahaha! What? Ow! Who threw that tomato! Okay, okay. I get the message, no more dad jokes. Fine, just this one:

Boy: Dad, why is your face so wrinkly?
 Dad: They’re not wrinkles, they’re laughter lines.
 Boy: Trust me, nothing’s that funny.

Right, okay. Moving right along. Let’s give a big thank you and round of applause to all the awesome fathers out there and finish off with a nice little rhyme to show our dads how much they mean to us.

Hugs & Kisses for Daddy

One little, two little, three little kisses.
Four little, five little, six little kisses,
Seven little, eight little, nine little kisses,
Ten little kisses for Daddy!

One big, two big, three big hugs,
Four big, five big, six big hugs,
Seven big, eight big, nine big hugs,
Ten big hugs for Daddy!