Dads are just as important as moms. Moms and dads each have their role to play. While ideally, it takes two to raise kids, solo parents have found a way to be moms and dads to their kids.
But it indeed takes a village to do. Many who grew up in osne-parent households usually have a grandfather, uncle, or male family friend as a role model. Not everyone is lucky to have them, though. But thanks to the Internet, that's easy to remedy now.
Meet Rob Kenney, father of two. He grew up without a father since he was 14, so it’s one of his goals in life to have a family and raise “good adults.” His kids are all grown up now, and the empty nester found a way to continue to pursue his goal -- this time for single moms and their kids.
With the help of his daughter, Kristine, 27, Rob created a YouTube channel entitled, Dad, How Do I?. He filled it with dad chats and how-to videos with kids who are also growing up without a father (just like he did) in mind. Kristine was on board the minute he pitched the idea.
“I want it to be about everyday tasks, but I also would like to pass along some of the wisdom I’ve learned along the way to encourage people,” the 50-something dad told Shattered magazine. “But it’s kind of resonating on a whole different level,” he said.
“Some of the emotional responses I’ve gotten from people that don’t have fathers or didn’t have a relationship with their father or have lost their father,” Rob shared with Chicago’s The Jam radio show. “They’ve said they watch my videos in tears just being reminded of, you know, missing their dad. It’s amazing,” he added.
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You can find anything about tools, fixing cars, bathroom issues, and more. The best part, we think, is Rob’s videos on dad chats. He even has a video wherein he reads a a chidlren’s story. Awww.
It has only been two months since Rob uploaded his first video, which is about “how to tie a tie.” He followed it up with how to shave, change a tire, and iron a polo shirt. To date, his YouTube channel has 2.27 million subscribers.
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According to Good Housekeeping, Rob’s videos are also a hit for women aged 15 to 40, some who may not even be mothers themselves. Maybe moms want to learn these skills and teach these to their kids themselves. Rob suggested being in quarantine helped boost his numbers. Still, girls and even grown women also need to learn these.
You can find a new video on Rob's YouTube Channel every Thursdays (Fridays, PH time). He's also planning on tackling bigger life questions such as finances and more.