Lets give it up for the dads of the world. The guys who taught us so much we know about, well, everything. While we now live in a time where a simple internet search can quickly and accurately provide the answer to a burning question, theres a certain brand of wisdom that dads seem to have engrained in their DNA. Sure, you can always read an article about the best way to season a cast iron skillet, but seeing your old man do it first hand seals the lesson and helps you remember long enough to show your kids.
Because another Fathers Day is upon us, werejoining up with Gillette to honorthe dads of the world by ranking the universal life lessons they pass onto their kids and encouraging you to go ask dad today, and every day.
5. Dont tell Mom
While the internet is chock full of advice on the importance of being open and honest with both parents, you know in your heart there are occasions where Mom is better off not knowing the whole story. For example: When dad sees you slip your leftover asparagus to the dog, but turns a blind eye because he hates vegetables just as much as you. Keeping a teeny, tiny little secret between the two of you will form a bond stronger than most.
4. Dress to impress, but make sure you know who youre impressing
Dad is one of the biggest sources of knowledge out there, even if he doesnt technically know the correct answer. Until youre old enough to make your own style choices, dads going to be the one to look to when learning how to cuff jeans, tie a tie, or match your shoes to your belt. Hes also going to be the one to tell you when to dress well (Moms birthday dinner) and when its ok to look like a hobo (Sunday afternoon FTW). Theres a lot more to fashion than learning how to tie an impeccable Windsor knot.
3. Perfect the dad joke
What do you call an elephant that doesn’t matter?
What’s brown and sticky?
Jokes like these come standard in the dad package. Learning how to perfect the dad joke is a job akin to building a car it takes time, energy, and a ton of finessing. The dad joke doesnt offend, its just a well-crafted piece of art that makes the audience groan with amusement. Finding the perfect go-to dad joke may be a long journey, but when you get it, never let go. This will prove to be the most important tool in your arsenal when you become a dad and are tasked with the job of keeping your familys spirits up on a rainy day.
2. Shave smarter, not harder
When it comes down to it,you need to watch your dad shave in person in order to get a handle on it. You can watch video after video on the topic, but lets face it you need to see the process in real life before you put a blade to your skin.
Shaving is aspecialright of passagethats best learned from dad likehow to mowthe lawn or cookingthe perfectsteak. While there are a myriad of products out there designed to help you along the way, theres really only one rule you need to remember:Dont presstoohard.
A good razor does all the work. Its normal not to feel the hairs being cut when youre using a quality razor. That,with properly lathering your face, will give you a shave thatll make you look like youre ready to tackle anything life throws at your smooth, smooth face.
1. Be a good guy and treat people with respect
The internet is a double-edged sword, except each edge to this sword is adorned with billions of opinionated daggers. For every piece of advice out there on how to be a good person, theres a conflicting opinion written in all caps. Watching dad be a good guy to your family (and others) will go down as the most important interactions youll ever have. Its those subtle little things thatll make the biggest difference i.e. treating a waiter with respect or showing patience in the face of an annoying neighbor kid.
Because dads never get tired of dispensing life-saving advice, dont be afraid to use this Fathers Day toshow your pops how much he matters to you. Whether you want his advice onshavingorneed help removing a stubborn tree stump, dont forget to make dad know how much he means to you and follow Gillettes advice and Go Ask Dad.