Here’s to all the wonderful fathers out there! What would the world be like without dad jokes so diabolically genius that you can’t help but laugh even as you cringe? As we take a look at some of the most, shall we say, inventive fathers on the planet, we’re enormously impressed by their ability to hilariously cut corners.
1. Stay Back Fellas
When a man becomes a father for the first time, he starts confronting all sorts of things he never would’ve had to deal with in the past. Let’s say, for instance, the idea of having to protect his daughter from any foe or creature in the universe. This dad opted for an alternative method of deterring the dudes.
In order to ensure that all men would stay far away from his little angel, he made a T-shirt for her to wear — one with an intimidating picture of his buff and heavily-tattooed self. In case the message on the T-shirt wasn’t clear to anyone around, he added a little written statement as well: “Stay clear boys, this is my dad!”
2. Swing Past Responsibility
Sometimes you really have to think outside of the box when it comes to entertaining your children. After all, while pushing little kids on the swings can feel like a rewarding experience, why not accomplish the exact same thing while lounging on your backyard patio chair as well?
Let’s be real, his little girl in the distance probably only cares about the act of swinging, and not the comforting feeling one gets when actually getting pushed by her father — right? All jokes aside, this dad seems to care enough about finding the best of both worlds, that balance between bonding and relaxation.
3. Hold Still, I’m Hungry
Even when you’re a new parent, you can still enjoy the finer things in life, and that can certainly include a nice delicious piece of cake. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. This father understands that feeling all too well, having had to literally jump through hoops just to make it a possibility.
We can already picture the scene: he was on his way to grab a piece of cake when someone asked him to hold his baby. There was no way he could refuse such a request, so what did he do? He multi-tasked by using his baby as an adequate flat surface to hold his plate on, and hopefully that little kiddo won’t be waking up any time soon!
4. That’s Not Punny
There comes to be a certain age in all of our lives where presents are no longer as important to us as they once were when we were children. It may be hard to remember, but when we were kids, even the idea of getting presents was just about the most exciting thing ever.
However, this young child’s excitement was about to get squashed by a ton of bricks after asking his father for a remote control car. As a response, his father decided to make the biggest dad joke of the century: by giving him a TV remote with fake wheels attached to it, thus taking the request as literally as possible. As you can see, his son was not pleased.
5. Facing Her Fears
We can’t decide if this father is setting his daughter up for a lifetime of future nightmares, or if this will ultimately quell her original fears. She had seen the sci-fi film Tron, and got scared that her beloved dad would get sucked into a computer just like she saw in the movie.
Films have a way of being very impressionable on young children, and many of us have been similarly freaked out by movies at some point in our lives. But this father was having none of it. By setting up a computer background where it looks as though he did in fact get sucked into the computer, perhaps he was hoping to help his daughter face her fears head on?
6. Just As A Precaution
Anyone who’s ever had a kid knows how hard it can be to keep an eye on them at all times. We can love them to the moon and back, but at the end of the day we aren’t perfect. And when we’ve got kids to watch, and we’re by ourselves and busy, things can sometimes get a bit overwhelming.
This father decided to ease the stress of his workload by creating a scenario in which his little baby couldn’t get very far. By tying his footsies to the foot of his own crib, the little tyke was restricted to a radius of two to three feet. While this probably kept him safe, we’re hoping dearly that this was a practical joke that his father released him from immediately.
7. Are You Gonna Eat That?
One of the largest obstacles parents face after having a kid is making time to eat — and doing it while simultaneously trying to watch over a kid. This father was faced with this exact problem while out and about with his little youngling, as he struggled with a hamburger and all of its delicious vegetables inside.
Considering his baby was held safe in a light blue Baby Bjorn, the dad should’ve been able to handle the challenge of inhaling this burger no problem. But things got a bit out of hand when a sneaky little tomato fell onto his baby’s face! Thankfully, Dad had a rather straightforward solution.
8. Lazy Dad Goals
If you can get the job done, why not skip a few steps? This seems to be the name of the game for many of these dads, and we commend them for their determination! This Pittsburgh Steelers fan was clearly tired, because he just didn’t feel like getting up to cradle his baby and feed her the bottle properly.
Instead, he figured he’d kick back, relax, maybe watch some Netflix on his computer, and “feed” his baby by holding the bottle with those clearly flexible toes. Clearly it’s working, and his baby doesn’t seem to mind — but the real question is, how long can he keep this up?
9. Ponytail Alternative
You can try all you want, but there are some things that certain people just won’t be able to crack. Now, we’re not saying that fathers aren’t capable of successfully tying their daughter’s hair into a ponytail. We’re betting it might take a few tries, but they’ll get the hang of it.
But this particular father was not as dexterous. For whatever reason, he decided that a zip tie would practically do the same job that a regular ponytail band would do, and honestly, perhaps he was right. After all, her hair is certainly being kept up. Suffice to say, we hope she wasn’t made fun of by her peers.
10. Optimal Shopping Partner
Ahh, nothing like a fun trip to the supermarket with your dad, right? Those places can seem like an absolute wonderland to a young child, from the brightly-colored icy goodies that reside in the frozen food section, to the cereal aisle with all the sugary cereals your parents never buy.
However, it seems as if this father wasn’t very interested in letting his child run free. That’s probably for the best, considering how dangerous it is to keep an eye off your child for even a second in these places. But we’re guessing this isn’t exactly what his child had in mind when he first brought her along.
11. I Will Find You
We’ve all heard of the classic stereotypical protective father, the one who every boyfriend fears meeting. This father took this stereotype to the next level when he got this shirt, replete with a list of rules on the back for his daughter’s potential boyfriends to read. The rules are pretty self-explanatory, if a tad chilling, but some of them might raise a few eyebrows.
We understand that it’s all in good fun, but how about that last one? It says, “Whatever you do to her, I will do to you.” Seems like a pretty logical “eye-for-an-eye” scenario, appropriate for a situation like this — but the more you start to think about it, the weirder it gets.
12. Almost Beat The High Score
This father was well aware of the fact that it was his turn to watch his little one, but how was he supposed to do that while immersed in his favorite computer game? He ended up creating a brilliant solution to help himself successfully multi-task: by using that good old-fashioned baby carrier as an enabler.
It looks as though his baby was pretty gung-ho for the adventure as well, keeping his eyes fixed on the screen in front of him. It looks as if this father’s getting his little one hooked early by training him to be a future all-out pro gamer!
13. Thanks For Stealing My Bed
We’ve heard of children falling asleep in their parents’ bed in the middle of the night, but how about vice versa? We’re not sure how this situation came to pass, but we have a few theories. It seems as if Dad decided to jump on in to join his kid in the playpen, perhaps to help him sleep — and before he knew it, he was the one who had passed out.
The little toddler seems just a bit flabbergasted over this silly change of pace. He’s turned his head to his other parent as if to say, “Um… what exactly is happening right now? He’s not supposed to be here!” Perhaps they were handing off responsibilities, and it was the kid’s turn to make sure Dad gets some rest?
14. Drop And Give Me 20!
We’ve all got our hobbies in life. In fact, some of our hobbies are such big parts of our lives that we don’t even consider them hobbies; they’re our lifestyle! Sometimes we’re so enthusiastic about our favorite activities that we want to do all we can to give them over to our kids — and such was the case here.
A young soldier back home from the military decided to give his two young ones a drill of push-ups. We have to say, we are incredibly impressed by both of them. His young baby, in particular, looks like he’s barely old enough to crawl — and yet here he is, managing to hold himself up on all fours! Looks like we have two future officers in the making.
15. True Support
For better or worse, kids are the biggest sponges in the world, and it’s clear that the person these kids are absorbing information from is a guy who loves to work out. When these three youngsters grow up, they’ll be able to use photo proof to tell the world how their father raised them to be chronic gym rats.
But the reason we have to hand it to this father is the way he’s making it all look so fun. By allowing his children to hold on to his legs (and his baby to hop along for the ride), they’ll always associate exercising with having a good time!
16. Eight More Hours To Go
Traveling can be one of the hardest things to do with a kid in tow. And then there’s this dad. He’s here to say, sure, that might be hard — but he’s a trooper and he’s going to be the best dad he could be. This is all speculation, of course, but it’s not hard to see that this dad is a master of patience.
He’s all about making sure his young son is enjoying the flight as much as possible — even if it comes at the expense of his own comfort. As the father tries to read his book, he arches his neck downward for his son to sit easily on his neck. Perhaps it gets easier after the third hour? Hope the other passengers are fine with it.
17. Don’t Question His Methods
In a local supermarket, a daughter accompanies her father, who’s wearing short jean shorts and a shirt that says: “Ask my girls if they still think short shorts are ‘soo cute.’” Based on what we’re seeing, we can only assume that something like the following happened.
This young girl we see here had presumably been begging her father to let her wear short shorts, explaining that they are just “soo cute.” Her father, in return, invited her to walk a mile in his shoes, and wore said shorts himself. We have to guess that maybe his mortified daughter isn’t so interested in this fashion choice anymore.
18. Father Got Back
One of the traits that makes a good parent is resourcefulness. Kids have wild imaginations, and they’re always looking for new and inventive ways to play with their toys. So anything that their dad can do to make playtime more enjoyable is a huge plus. This father pulled out all the stops, wearing a T-shirt with a complete railroad system drawn on the back.
As you can see, this enabled his excited kids to take their toy cars and simply have the time of their lives. Dad gets five gold stars for thoughtfulness: he’s keeping his kids engaged as well as winning a free mini-massage. Winning!
19. Friendly Son Trolling
Mirror selfies were unheard of back in the day. With the advent of smartphones, everyone knows it’s commonplace to take these kinds of candid-but-not-actually-candid pictures, and share them for the world to see. But this father had a bit of a devilish attitude when it came to this Instagram culture, and hazed his son for doing what basically everyone does.
His son might’ve been feeling the swagger, and thought to take an innocent picture. Maybe it was for one of his social media platforms, or perhaps for a dating app, or even his girlfriend for that matter. But regardless of the initial cause, this hilarious dad simply couldn’t resist teasing his son by making his own goofy replica.
20. Finding Common Ground
Some things are more important than being comfortable. We know nothing about this man, and it’s possible he’s all about that nail polish life regardless of his daughters. But whether or not that’s true, it’s truly adorable. Clearly, as a dad he’s learned to understand life from another perspective.
It seems apparent from the look of things that he’s just enjoying spending time with them, and he’s happy to bond with them however they see fit, especially if it’s a quiet activity that keeps them occupied. On the flip side, his other daughter seems to be pretty invested in the video game he’s playing!
21. Kiwi On My Mind
If you told us that the father who did this works in some creative industry, we wouldn’t be surprised. We wonder what triggered this moment of fruitful inspiration. It seems it must have come to him like an absolute revelation, the incredible discovery that his own flesh and blood looks like a fruit.
Imagine that moment where you’re grocery shopping and suddenly find yourself wondering why that produce looks so darn familiar. Or maybe it all came together when he happened to be looking at both of them at the same time. But there’s an important distinction: kiwis are an excellent source of vitamin C, children are not. Now you know.
22. Say Cheese And Don’t Breathe
Arranging the perfect photoshoot for your children is a lot easier said than done. When it comes to babies, it can be especially difficult. Infants are particularly sensitive to everything around them, and their moods can be easily impacted by the slightest unexpected movement or unfamiliar sensation. So how did this father get his little baby to relax during a photoshoot?
He laid down on his back, and covered his stomach with that fluffy cloud backdrop, thus enabling his baby to lie down on him and still be photographed. The baby felt his warmth, and was able to relax happily while being completely oblivious to anything else going on. Three cheers for thinking outside the box!
23. Flying Through Fatherhood
Now here’s a father who clearly loves spending time with his kid. It’s abundantly apparent from the bright smiles spread across both of their faces. We’re always hearing about the best “dad hacks,” or the best ways to be a parent — but sometimes it’s important to not always think creatively and just keep it simple.
Even someone who’s never been a parent can look at this picture and agree that this guy’s doing something right. It’s about the enthusiasm he’s showing as he flies through the air with his kid to bounce on the bed that speaks volumes. Because at the end of the day, it’s about making a product: that wonderful smile.
24. Fashion Twins
Few things could possibly be more adorable than a father and his daughter bonding over fashion. And what better way to do that than to wear matching bows with her? This dad is showing us that it’s not just Mom who gets to teach her little girl how to excel in the art of dress-up.
He seems proud enough of his handiwork with those lovely little bows that he felt like posing for a portrait. But despite those American Gothic stone-cold expressions, it seems they’re having a great time feeling extra fancy together. Next step: busting out those matching flouncy dresses for the ball!
25. Rush Of A Lifetime
All any loving parent wants is the happiness of their child. They want their child to enjoy life, to let go, and to not stress so much. Inspiration can be found in a multitude of places, and children don’t require fancy presents to receive it.
This father understands that, and decided to give his youngster the adventure of his life when he brought him for a first-class ride behind the steering wheel of his car. His shocked wife received a picture text of this and had to share it with the world. Because as nervous as she must have been, she was probably just as proud to be a part of such a wacky, enthusiastic family.
26. Rock On
Being a musician with a love for your instrument can be more than a bit challenging once there’s kids in the picture. Half the time, you’re trying to play quietly enough not to disturb them, and the other half, you’re trying to keep them from accidentally breaking that guitar. But this dad has found the perfect compromise.
Rather than trying to make sure his little one steers clear, he’s found a way that the baby can actually be useful to his playing: as a built-in capo! Whereas a regular capo might well slip off if only applied to one string (as in this case), that baby’s chomp is known to be unshakable. Groovy!
27. Tradition Is Tradition
Any family who celebrates Christmas cherishes the lovely memory of hoisting up the littlest kid so he or she can place the star at the top of the Christmas tree every year. Of course, as time goes on, that child more and more wants to prove they can do it by themselves.
This dad was determined to show his son that it doesn’t matter how old he is; Dad is bigger and stronger, and still more than capable of lifting him up in the air so they can keep the family tradition, no matter the age. Looks like the son is more than a bit amused — not clear how Dad is doing!
28. Miraculous Shot
We get it, being a gamer is quite the addiction and it’s hard to break away from. Moreover, when your sleep schedule is all out of whack and your daily life revolves around taking care of that infant, old habits can be hard to break.
This dad has an excellent remedy: why not combine work and pleasure? With this fulcrum, he can make sure the baby is fed while Mom’s off, while still enjoying his favorite Xbox game. After all, life is all about maintaining the right sense of balance. But we have to ask: if his hands are there, then how’s he taking that picture?
29. Big Father Is Watching You
As those little tykes suddenly and miraculously grow up and evolve into teenagers, new and unpleasant responsibilities become part of a dad’s everyday routine. Any father who has girls suddenly finds himself watching them like a hawk. But what happens when his back is turned?
This father wasn’t looking to find out the answer to that. Instead, he found a devilishly genius way to make sure he’d be keeping track of his daughter, no matter what: by printing his face on her blanket. Any gentleman caller who gets an eyeful of these creepy peepers will likely make a run for the hills.
30. Sea-Witch or He-Witch?
This little girl was clearly excited to show off her lovely Halloween costume that she’d worked so hard on, red hair and all. She was prepared to flaunt her excellent impression of Ariel from The Little Mermaid — but then a problem came along. That is, a big problem.
Just when she thought it was safe to pop out from under the waves and roam around where all the people are, along came that pesky Ursula, trailing her tentacles behind her, ready to make some shady bargains whose consequences she might not fully grasp. Look out, Ariel: not only can Dad put you in timeout, he can also steal your voice.
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