The Dad Of The Month, April 2020: Joel Stetler

(Joel Stetler)

We are honored to announce The Dad of the Month for April 2020: Joel Stetler. For the past 3 years, Joel has been living with a rare incurable cancer, teaching 3rd grade, coaching football and baseball, and giving 110% as a father to his 3 kids. Read his nomination submitted by his partner, Amanda:

(Joel Stetler)

“Joel is a father of 3, living with a rare incurable cancer. His disease is active, and has never been in remission. He works as a public school 3rd grade teacher, coaching football and baseball for the school in his spare time. He makes his own 3 kiddos his priority at home, despite the cancer treatments that leave him extremely fatigued.

(Joel Stetler)

Joel was diagnosed with cancer when the youngest of our 3 children was only 3 months old.  His prognosis wasn’t good, with statistics giving him a survival rate of 3-5% beyond 5 years.  His immediate reaction to those statistics and any like it has always been, “I have to make it that far. I have to make it beyond ‘that.’ That number. I have to make it to graduations, and weddings, and everything my kids need me to see.”

(Joel Stetler)

What makes Joel such an amazing dad is that he is PRESENT. He makes the most of every second with his kids, because every second is one he was not guaranteed. Maybe it’s spent jumping on the trampoline with them (their absolute favorite dad activity) despite feeling ill because of cancer meds.  Or it’s spent going on a run with his daughter so that she is in the best shape for cross country she can be, despite the fatigue and exhaustion from chemo.  Over the last four years his kids have grown up seeing their father be brave despite facing something scary.  At times I have told him he should rest or relax more, but his answer has always been, ‘I want the kids to know their dad didn’t waste the time that he had.  I want to make sure they always remember that they were the most important priority for me.’

(Joel Stetler)

This dad is the most amazing example to his kids on how to have a positive outlook on life, even amidst the most dire circumstances. He’s always smiling and never lets his disease steal the happiness he gets from serving his community and living his best life with his family.”

(Joel Stetler)

To honor Joel’s inner and outer strength and show appreciation for all he gives to his family and everyone in his life, we are sending $500 and special edition dad gear. With his bravery and love of life, Joel sets an example not just for his kids but everyone who has the privilege of hearing his story. We salute you!

Click here to read more or nominate a special dad in your life.

10 Funny Grilling Aprons to Whet Their Appetite for Your Dad Jokes

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In certain households — mine included — grilling time is sacred time. I’m in charge around the grill, and everyone admires and respects my incredulous ability to sear meat in just the proper manner with mouth-watering results.

Of course, the reality is that the kids are running around screaming that they’re starving, someone always has an opinion on what you should be doing with the food, and everyone seems to go deaf the second you ask to have a beer brought to you. Typical dad BBQ moments.

RELATED: The Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill Is So Good, You’ll Use It All Year Long – Fatherly

You may as well ditch the illusion of those perfect BBQ dreams and have some fun with it. Get (and give) a good laugh by poking fun at yourself in one of these really funny aprons for men. Some of these inappropriate aprons are NSFW (not safe for work you, you know..)—or for kids for that matter, but they’re still pretty damn funny for the right crowd.

You may be grilling at home these days with only yours truly (we don’t know who you’ve been stuck with for #quarantine2020), but eventually, the neighbors will start reappearing with booze in hand. When that does happen, we will all be needing a very good laugh.

Now, is it right that your family and friends have said laugh at your expense? You, the aforementioned grill-master? Especially when those same people are about to eat the food you’re cooking? I’ll leave that up to your discretion. Just remember: Revenge can come in many forms, including in burgers “seasoned” with ghost pepper. (Seasoned meaning doused in this case.)

Best Cooking Aprons for Men

funny grilling aprons for men: trophy husband

ApronMen Trophy Husband Grilling Apron

We all know the true reason our wives want us to grill … because we look sexy as hell. We can’t wash laundry, do the dishes, or dress ourselves in the morning correctly, but we know how to look good doing this. We might as well be honest about why she keeps us around with a funny apron for men that designates us as her trophy husband.

Buy for $23 on Amazon

funny grilling aprons: this shit is going to be delicious

Miracu This S*** Is Going to Be Delicious Grilling Apron

There’s a saying in the business world that you should under-promise and over deliver when making a presentation or proposal to a client. In other words, don’t make unrealistic promises about how well you can do a job, leaving your client underwhelmed when the process is over.

F*** that.

When it’s grilling time, you’re in your element. You’re in charge. With this inappropriate apron, you are promising a delicious BBQ meal, and you can be confident you will deliver.

If you want to try wearing this apron the next time you have to give a presentation to a client, we won’t stop you. Just understand it may not work as well in a boardroom as it does around the grill.

Buy for $20 on Amazon

funny grilling aprons for men: grill sergeant

ApronMen Grill Sergeant Grilling Apron

You know we had to throw a dad joke into any list of cooking aprons for men. (Personally, I feel like an angel kicks a puppy every time I hear a bad pun/dad joke. But I get it. Some people like them.)

This funny grilling apron takes the dad joke to the extreme, even using sergeant stripes and camouflage.

Honestly, every dad has a little bit of a drill sergeant in him, having to order children around the house. So this apron is extremely appropriate. (But never use it to order the wife around. We like to avoid sleeping on the couch.)

Buy for $23 on Amazon

funny grilling aprons for men: I'll feed all you fuckers

Famgem I’ll Feed All You F****** Grilling Apron

We all love grilling, but it’s also hard work. Standing over a hot grill, having to down multiple cold beers to offset the heat, just to keep our body temperature relatively normal.

No one wants to hear about our woes, though. They just want the food now, bitching and moaning the entire time.

Since we dads are known for holding in our tempers and remaining calm in all situations, we just have to smile and be polite while grilling, not being able to tell them what we really think.

That’s where this cooking apron for men enters the picture. Rather than continually having to answer the question — “When is it going to be ready?” — just keep your mouth shut and point to the front of this inappropriate apron. (Less talking leaves more time for cooling your body temperature with beer, by the way.)

Buy for $26 on Amazon

funny grilling aprons for men

Saukore That Ain’t Burnt, That’s Flavor Grilling Apron

My dad loved to grill, and he was great at it … most of the time. Once in a while, he’d get busy on a different project and forget to check the grill until it was a little too late.

There was no calling for pizza on these nights, though. The grilling results always ended up on the table, whether they were perfectly cooked, still actively on fire, or anything in between.

So this funny grilling apron speaks to me, as my dad used almost this exact phraseology if any of us little smart-asses dared to question the overdone grilling results. (He used significantly more colorful language than this apron does, but the sentiment is the same and still gets the point across.)

Buy for $18 on Amazon

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ApronMen Your Opinion Wasn’t in the Recipe Grilling Apron

At any barbecue where you are in charge of grilling, there always seems to be one pain in the ass who needs to inject an opinion into every move you make.

Since the law (at least for now) frowns on you smacking this backseat griller in the back of the head with a bag of briquettes, try showing him this funny apron for men instead.

And if Mr. Opinion still doesn’t get the hint, pretend that you don’t have enough charcoal or propane to finish the job and send him home to get some … across town … in your car with the gas tank on E. If he doesn’t make it back, so much the better. If he does make it back, he’ll at least have put some gas in your car.

Buy for $23 on Amazon

Funny grilling aprons for men: Breaking Bad Los Pollos Hermanos

Loco Aprons Los Pollos Hermanos Grilling Apron

Breaking Bad involved a cook (of sorts) and a delicious restaurant (of sorts) called Los Pollos Hermanos. So fans of the show will love wearing this fun apron. (Sure, Los Pollos Hermanos was just a front for a huge meth operation, but those details don’t have to affect your enjoyment of this apron. The cook on your grill is completely legal, after all … even if you’re using secret sauce and ingredients that you wouldn’t reveal to anyone, including the cops.)

And for those who’ve never seen Breaking Bad, just tell them that, during a trip to Mexico, you were given this cooking apron for men by the master of a secret grilling society that has been active for centuries, and it gives you special grilling powers. If they’ve had enough beers, they might even buy it.

Buy for $15 on Amazon

funny grilling aprons for men: i like big butts

Nomsum I Like Big Butts Grilling Apron

What’s better than having dad grill some amazing burgers and steaks? Having dad do some freestyle rap while he’s grilling amazing burgers and steaks.

This funny grilling apron is sure to inspire dad to lay down some bars. (We feel very confident that one of the lines will include, “I’m here to say,” at some point.)

Do you think Sir Mix-A-Lot realized what he was unleashing on the world when he released Baby Got Back? Us either. Even if you’re a terrible rapper, you can still enjoy this funny cooking apron for men. Hey, and if your intention was to sleep on the couch tonight, #you’re welcome.

Buy for $18 on Amazon

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ApronMen Meat Is Murder … Tasty, Tasty Murder Grilling Apron

Sometimes, you’ll have someone at your barbecue who wants you to place some vegetables on the grill next to the meat. We understand that’s sacrilege for some grill masters. We’re not totally opposed to it on occasion, as long as everyone realizes the star of the show is the meat.

But if you run into someone at your barbecue who has a strong opinion that the grill should contain only vegetables, then this is one of those inappropriate aprons that simply must be worn.

Hey, it’s OK to appreciate animals and still think a pork chop or chicken breast tastes amazing on the grill. Humans have managed to balance the two ideas for centuries. This funny apron for men just helps to ensure the tradition continues.

Buy for $23 on Amazon

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Panoware I Grill and I Know Things Grilling Apron

Game of Thrones fans will appreciate the humor behind this funny grilling apron, as it twists one of the most well-known quotes from show character Tyrion Lannister. (Come to think of it, no twist was needed: “I drink and I know things” would’ve fit appropriately on cooking aprons for men for grilling time.)

If people who are not fans of GoT see the apron, they might just think you have super dad powers. (This is never a bad thing to make your kids think you have, by the way. The more they think you’re watching them, the less s*** they’ll screw up.)

Buy for $25 on Amazon

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The Dad Of The Month, March 2020: Matt Rispoli

(Matt Rispoli)

We are honored to announce The Dad of the Month for March, 2020: Matt Rispoli. Matt serves his community as a police officer, his kids as an attentive, involved father, and recently fought a wolf who attacked his family while camping. Seriously. Matt is a real deal hero. His wife Elisa gushed about Matt in her nomination:

“Well, first off, The Dad actually featured my amazing husband, Matt, a few months ago because he is such an amazing dad (and badass). In August, our family was attacked by a Wolf while we were sleeping in our tent while camping on a family vacation in Banff, Canada. Matt put himself between the wolf and myself and our two young sons, fighting off the wolf despite suffering repeated bites. The attack lasted about 5 full minutes and while I screamed (bloody murder) for help, he continuously fought and pinned the wolf that was trying so desperately to have Matt for his dinner.

In addition to solidifying his position as our forever hero, Matt is the most hands on dad that I’ve ever seen. He takes our boys snowboarding, hikes the High Peaks mountain range in New York, and builds LEGO sets for hours on end.

Matt doesn’t just protect and inspire our family. He’s an amazing police officer that helps his community every day, frequently visiting elementary schools to have lunch with the kids.

He is so patient and loving to us all, and even though he was the one with the physical injuries from our traumatic experience, he’s been our family’s rock as we all healed and continue to heal from what happened to us. He is the GOAT in our opinion and deserves to be Dad of the damn year!”

To honor Matt’s utter badassery and loving commitment to his family and community, we’re giving him $500 and some special edition dad gear. Matt’s courage and ferocity is what we all aspire to. We salute you!

Click here to read more or nominate a special dad in your life.

One Dad’s Quest To Save His Hair

Keeps Hair Treatment

I’ve always had pretty good hair. I’m bad at brushing it and have no idea what to tell the nice old Russian lady on Lorimer Street who cuts it, but I’ve always had a decent amount of it, and it’s always been pretty easy to maintain. But, like a lot of guys my age, I started noticing that…well, it’s not falling out or anything, but there’s some shiny scalp showing through up top there.

I know there’s no cure for going bald, but I also know that hair loss prevention products have been around since I was a kid, and it seemed like if they were just snake oil, that business model would have dried up.

So I decided to look into it, and here’s what I learned.

Natural Options

You can find guys on the internet claiming that anything from caffeine to ice baths cured their baldness, but most natural hair loss treatments don’t have a ton of scientific evidence behind them. Hair loss vitamins, for example, don’t work unless you have a deficiency in the nutrients they contain. Pumpkin seed oil and rosemary oil are good places to start if you’re looking for a DIY treatment with a decent chance of actually working, but the bottom line is that you’re not likely to get mind-blowing results by going the homeopathic route.

Science Options

The FDA has only approved two treatments for male pattern hair loss: finasteride (generic Propecia®) and minoxidil (generic Rogaine®). Finasteride is a prescription pill you take every day that stops hair loss or increases hair growth in up to 90% of men. Minoxidil is an over-the-counter topical treatment you apply to your scalp twice a day. Unlike natural options, finasteride and minoxidil are clinically proven to be effective.

But I Don’t Want To Ask For Bald Medicine At The Pharmacy

Some companies have popped up in recent years that all claim to help you keep your hair from the comfort of your home. Like the elder millennial that I am, I was intrigued by the idea of a subscription service, which is why I landed on Keeps. Full disclosure: they have that minimalist marketing design approach that I appreciate, so I thought, why not?

Keeps only offers the FDA-approved medications for hair loss, and they are the only hair loss treatment company offering minoxidil in both foam and solution.

Treatment plans with Keeps cost anywhere from $30 to $105 every three months, and are delivered directly to your door in discreet packaging – no pharmacy runs or doctor appointments required. You can choose your treatment plan and have your selection verified by a Keeps doctor or speak with a Keeps doctor first who will help you land on the right treatment plan for you. 

The Bottom Line

I don’t know if I’ll have flowing locks when I’m pushing my 90s, but Keeps isn’t snake-oil. The medication is legit, the results are noticeable, and I don’t have to go shopping in the old-man aisle at the pharmacy. If you’re concerned about losing your hair and know that you won’t pull off being a hat guy, Keeps is worth giving a try. Check out Keeps now and you’ll get 50% off your first month

Dad of Five Daughters Finally Has Son, Can’t Believe It

Dad Celebrates Boy in Viral Video
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My wife has four sisters.

We have two kids now, I can’t even imagine having a third, let alone a fourth. And my wife has a brother too! Her parents had five kids, and the boy came last. My father-in-law was simply desperate for a son, so he just kept at it until he got one.

I don’t know that the dad in this YouTube video had the same mentality, that he wasn’t gonna stop having kids with his wife until he got a boy, but judging by his reaction, he’s certainly thrilled about it!

The video shows Dad in the delivery room, sitting in a chair in his scrubs and mask, awaiting the arrival of his sixth child. When the kid emerges, it’s clear the couple hadn’t learned the gender in advance, because he is shocked and surprised and simply psyched out of his mind about the fact that he finally landed himself a boy.

He bursts out of his chair and exclaims, “Yeah baby! Oh my god! I GOT A BOY!”

The doctor can be heard asking him how many boys he has, and he responds incredulously, “This is the first one after five girls. Oh my god!”

Overwhelmed, he has to sit back down to compose himself (“I’m lightheaded.”) before telling his wife, “Babe, we did it!” After five girls, Dad obviously didn’t expect anything different. But boy is he thrilled with the change-up.

The hilarious, happy video of the dad’s explosive reaction has nearly 800,000 views. Check it out!

Father Figures: Feel the Relaxation

“This is Charles and his mini me, Hank. What you see in this picture is our new normal. Can you feel the relaxation? It wasn’t always this way…

You see, Charles was once a Kitchen Manager for a highly successful seafood chain. If you know anything about the restaurant business, you know it’s a demanding and thankless job. Charles had to handle situations ranging from employee call-outs, often leaving them short handed, to food trucks running behind, making product on hand scarce. It’s a hard job that requires adaptability and quick thinking.

The two skills that make him a great manager also make him an excellent father. Never once did he stall on his commitments at home. From bathing a baby to making the perfect grilled cheese for our picky eater, this man made fatherhood look easy. And though he sometimes missed holidays, birthdays, school functions and many bed time routines, he made every moment count when he had his babies in his arms.

But now, after hard work, some soul searching and a great recommendation, Charles now has a job that allows him to be home with us. Instead of a 60 hour work week, he now has a 7-4 with weekends off. Instead of demanding bosses, he has a boss who works along side of him. Instead of feeling defeated, he’s encouraged.

The best part is how he’s demonstrated to our kids that hard times will come, but it’s how you handle them that counts the most. We are so proud and so lucky we have him. We are so happy for this new normal, where we can relax, and enjoy and appreciate the life we given.
We love you dearly, Charles, and you are truly The Dad.

– Sarah Jackson

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Check out the previous editions of Father Figures here

The Dad Of The Month, February 2020: Luis Arcos

(Luis Arcos)

We are honored to announce The Dad of the Month for February, 2020: Luis Arcos. Luis and his family have been through a lot, and Luis has been a  dedicated provider and unwavering source of love and support. Here is what his wife, Eva, had to say about him:

“Luis and I are parents of Moises and Ernesto. As a family we have been through so much. Luis has been our rock and the best father.

(Luis Arcos)

Luis has always been involved in our sons’ lives. I remember being home those first few weeks with Moises, losing my mind trying to breastfeed him all night, and Luis would get home in the morning after working all night and help me. He was there every day for us, from late night feedings, changing diapers, bedtime stories, and so much more. No matter how tired he was, Luis was there with help.

(Luis Arcos)

Our youngest, Ernesto, was born with Chromosome 18q- Syndrome. No parent plans for their child to have a chromosome anomaly. It was difficult to adjust, but Luis was determined to give Ernesto the best quality of life. Ernesto was constantly in and out of the hospital, spending countless hours at doctor and therapy appointments. Our city doesn’t have a local genetic specialist, so Luis drove many miles out of town to get Ernesto the care he needed. Many nights he’d stay up just to make sure Ernesto was okay.

(Luis Arcos)

In 2018, when Ernesto was 2, his chromosome anomaly ended up taking him away from us. We are still battling depression, but it hasn’t stopped Luis from being the best dad to our son Moises. He is present and truly there for him.

(Luis Arcos)

Any time we’ve struggled financially, Luis would find a way to get our family everything we needed. He even picked up general labor jobs to help with all the extra expenses. Currently, Luis is working one full-time and another part-time job as a healthcare provider, while going to college, and somehow still manages to be there for his family and others.

(Luis Arcos)

I know I’m biased, but in the 7 years I’ve known my husband, he has grown into the hardest working dad I know. I wouldn’t have been able to get through the obstacles we’ve faced as parents if he wasn’t there for us. I’m very proud of the man he is today and the man I know he will be.”

(Luis Arcos)

To recognize Luis’ devotion to his family, we’re giving him $500 and some special edition dad gear. Throughout struggle and heartbreak, Luis has always put fatherhood first, and let his love for his family carry them through. We salute you!

Click here to read more or nominate a special dad in your life!

The Dad Of The Month, January 2020: Andy McCall

(Andy McCall)

We are honored to announce The Dad of the Month for January, 2020: Andy McCall. Andy wears a lot of hats: father, husband, coach, teacher, author, volunteer, advocate. No matter what role he’s in, Andy is giving his all and inspiring those around him. His wife Ellen shared their story with us:

“Andy and I are parents to Penelope and 1 year old twins, Scout and Maizie. We’ve been through many trials and tribulations since we became parents in 2014, when our daughter Penelope was born with a brain malformation and many special needs.

In 2016, Penelope passed away at 23 months old. Andy has always worked hard in his roles as a 2nd grade teacher and high school football coach, even when Penelope was in and out of the hospital. No matter how exhausted or stressed he was, Andy drove many miles at the end of his work day to be with Penelope, and give me a break. On many occasions he stayed all night, driving to work in the morning straight from the hospital. When we received Penelope’s cancer diagnosis in 2016, I flew with her to St. Jude while Andy drove across the state for 8 hours to meet us. Her cancer was too aggressive to treat, and we made the decision to spend her last month with us at home.

(Andy McCall)

I know I am biased, but Andy really tries to set an example for what a dad should be. I’m thankful every day that my children have the most amazing role model in their lives.”

(Andy McCall)

 

To honor Andy’s perseverance and recognize him as a shining light for others, we’re giving him $500 and some special edition dad gear. There is more hope and love in the world because of Andy. We salute you!

Click here to read more or nominate a special dad in your life.

NBA Legend and Laker Great Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

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Tragedy struck Sunday afternoon when NBA legend and Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, just outside of L.A. There were nine people on the helicopter including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore (Gigi), with whom he was headed to basketball practice. There were no survivors.

Bryant was just 41 years old, and leaves behind three other daughters, including a newborn, and his wife Vanessa.

The superstar was a bit of a polarizing figure, turning off many fans with the constant comparisons to Michael Jordan, his “selfish” playing style, and his at times abrasively competitive personality. But at a time like this, it’s not his career as a basketball player that stands out. It’s his role as a family man and father to four young girls, including Gigi, with whom he was recently filmed sitting courtside, explaining something about the game they were watching together.

Kobe, who was partially raised in Italy where his dad, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, played professionally, is synonymous with Los Angeles, where he spent every one of his 20 years in the league in the Lakers’ purple and gold. The city will be reeling, as will the NBA itself, facing the premature death of one of its biggest stars, who was one of the faces of the NBA for the better part of this still young century and remains prominently tied to the league and the current generation of players who saw Bryant as a role model. The tributes will be pouring in all week long.

Bryant entered the NBA straight from high school and almost immediately made his mark on the league, teaming with Shaquille O’Neal to bring the Lakers back to NBA prominence, and dominance, before retiring a few years ago as a five-time champion, an 18-time All Star, two-time Finals MVP, and the league’s third all-time leading scorer. (He moved to fourth place just 16 hours before the crash, when LeBron James passed him Saturday night.)

Love him or hate (losing to) him, he was one of the game’s greatest players, and one of the most fun to argue about. But no matter how you feel about Kobe Bryant himself, you have to feel for his family, especially the thee young girls who lost their father – and a sister – just after he’d retired and was able to be more present for them.

It’s an incomprehensibly sad day for his family, and a loss for basketball fans everywhere.

Father Figures: Not For Riches

“Recently, Disney movies have been getting under my skin. Partially because I have a daughter that just turned four years of age and she’s always looking to emulate them.

She loves to play dress-up and put on her princess dresses, and she tells me that she wants to be a princess. She then proceeds to do her nails and put on make up and pretend that she is a princess waiting for her prince. Granted, not all of the stories form Disney are antiquated, more recent movies like Mulan and Brave show how a woman is capable of more than just sitting back and waiting for a prince to rescue her and provide her with riches.

This past week we celebrated her birthday and over the weekend we had a party with all of her family and friends. But on Monday night, I decided to take her out on a date (just she and I) and show her how a gentleman ought to act. I picked up flowers before coming home and I put on a suit and tie (like she always asks me to do). As we were walking out of the car and I go to open her door and sit her in her car seat, she told me, “Daddy, I want to get married!”

I was shocked to hear those words out of my little princess. I was caught off guard and my first response was to say, “Ok, baby.” I fastened her into her seat and walked around the car, but before I got in I took a moment to take a deep breath and think about how I wanted to respond. I got in the car and told her that she would make a beautiful bride – when she turns 45. I figured that would buy me time to address the bigger issue!

When we arrived at the restaurant (her favorite Italian place), she wanted to bring her flowers inside with her. We ordered her favorite meal (spaghetti with meatballs) and at the end of our dinner I surprised her with a dessert, complete with a candle and another rendition of ‘Happy Birthday!’ (Thanks to the waiter at Maggiano’s!)

It was then that I realized that if I do my job as her daddy – love, protect, encourage, and challenge her when appropriate – she would know what a gentleman should do. She would grow to be a strong and educated woman and when she does fall for her ‘Prince Charming’ it will be for love and not for the riches.”

– Manuel Carrera

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Check out the previous editions of Father Figures here.

101 Funny Riddles and Brain Teasers for Kids

101 Riddles for Kids
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Looking for a way to keep your kids minds running fast, but also, maybe, not their bodies for just 10 minutes? Well The Dad is here to help, with a list of 101 amazing riddles to challenge your kids, that also lets you just sit down for a little while.

1. Q. A man fell off of a 100-foot ladder, but he didn’t get hurt. How is this possible?
A. He was only on the first step.

2. Q. What tastes better than it smells?
A. A tongue.

3. Q. What gets wetter the more it dries?
A. A towel.

4. Q. David’s parents have three sons: Snap, Crackle and…?
A. David.

5. Q. If you have two coins which total 35 cents and one of the coins is not a dime, what are the two coins?
A. A quarter and a dime. One coin isn’t a dime, but the other one is.

6. Q. What’s black and white and blue?
A. A sad zebra.

7. Q. What question can never be answered with a Yes?
A. Are you asleep?

8. Q. What is bigger than an elephant yet weighs nothing.
A. The elephants shadow.

9. Q. I start with the letter e, I end with the letter e. I contain only one letter, but am not the letter e. What am I?
A. An Envelope.

10. Q. The more there is of me the less you see. What am I?
A. Darkness.

11. Q. What has to be broken before you can use it?
A. An egg.

12. Q. I’m found in socks, scarves, and mittens. I’m found in the paws of playful kittens. What am I?
A. Yarn.

13. Q. Why is Peter Pan always flying?
A. He Neverlands.

14. Q. What goes up but never comes back down?
A. Your age.

15. Q. What has four eyes and runs south?
A. The Mississippi River.

16. Q. How can you tell the difference between dogs and trees?
A. By their bark.

17. Q. When it’s alive we sing, when it dies we clap. What is it?
A. A birthday candle.

18. Q. What has many keys, but cannot open a door?
A. A piano.

19. Q. I make two people out of one.  What am I?
A. A mirror.

20. Q. If you have me, you want to share me. If you share me, you haven’t got me. What am I?
A. A Secret.

21. Q. What is easy to get into but hard to get out of?
A. Trouble.

22. Q. I run all around the pasture but never move.  What am I?
A. A fence.

23. Q. What has one head, one foot, and four legs?
A. A bed.

24. Q. What falls often but never gets hurt?
A. Snow.

25. Q. I have one eye and it’s always open. What am I?
A. A needle

26. Q. I’m tall when I’m young, and I’m short when I’m old, what am I?
A. A candle.

27. Q. I blow but don’t have lungs. I can move objects but don’t have arms. What am I?
A. The wind.

28. Q. I have two hands, but no thumbs. What am I?
A. A clock.

29. Q. What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
A. “Short”

30. Q. A man was driving a black truck. His lights were not on. The moon was not out. A lady was crossing the street. How could he see her?
A. It was daytime.

31. Q. Who can shave a dozen times a day but still have a beard?
A. A barber.

32. Q. Even if you give this to someone else, you still get to keep it. What is it?
A. Your word.

33. Q. What has four wheels and flies?
A. A garbage truck.

34. Q. When was the last year that looked the same upside down and right side up?
A. 1961.

35. Q. What jack has a head but no body?
A. Jack-o-lantern.

36. Q. How can a leopard change its spots?
A. By moving from one spot to another.

37. Q. The more you take away, the bigger I get. What am I?
A. A hole.

38. Q. A word I know, six letters it contains, remove one letter and 12 remain, what is it?
A. Dozens.

39. Q. I act like a cat, I look like a cat, yet I am not a cat. What am I?
A. A Kitten.

40. Q. Which weighs more: a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?
A. They both weigh the same. A pound.

41. Q. What is the longest word in the dictionary?
A. Smiles (there is a mile between the two S’s)

42. Q. What are moving left to right, right now?
A. Your eyes.

43. Q. What is so fragile that saying its name breaks it?
A. Silence.

44. Q. What has a bed but never sleeps, can run but never walks, and has a bank but no money?
A. A river.

45. Q. A full bus was traveling over a bridge. No one gets off the bus, but when it gets to the other side there isn’t a single person left. How is this possible?
A. They were all married.

46. Q. Where can you find cities, towns, and streets but no people?
A. A map.

47. Q. What is something you can put in your pocket that keeps it empty?
A. A hole.

48. Q. What has no body and no nose?
A. Nobody knows.

49. Q. What is the hardest key to turn?
A. A don-key

50. Q. How can you make seven even?
A. Remove the letter s.

51. Q. What’s black and white and read all over?
A. A newspaper.

52. Q. If a brother, his sister, and their dog weren’t under an umbrella, why didn’t they get wet?
A. It wasn’t raining.

53. Q. It floats like a log. It looks likes a log. But it isn’t a log. What is it?
A. Alligator

54. Q. I walked through a field of wheat, I picked up something good to eat. It was white and had no bone, in twenty-one days it walked alone. What did I pick up?
A. An Egg.

55. Q. What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?
A. The future.

56. Q. What belongs to you but is used more by others?
A. Your name.

57. Q. What is full of holes but still holds water?
A. A sponge.

58. Q. How many seconds are there in one year?
A. 12 of them, there’s a 2nd every month.

59. Q. What do you get when you cross a black cat and a lemon?
A. A Sour Puss.

60. Q. What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?
A. The letter M.

61. Q. I am white when I am dirty, and black when I am clean. What am I?
A. A blackboard.

62. Q. The more you take the more you leave behind. What are they?
A. Footsteps.

63. Q. Everyone has it but no one can lose it. What is it?
A. A shadow.

64. Q. Mary has four daughters, and each of her daughters has a brother — how many children does Mary have?
A. Five, each daughter has the same brother.

65. Q. Why didn’t the car feel well?
A. It had gas.

66. Q. What has teeth but cannot bite?
A. A comb.

67. Q. No matter how smart you are, there is one thing you will always overlook. What is it?
A. Your own nose.

68. Q. What goes up and down the stairs without moving?
A. Carpet.

69. Q. What did the dollar say to the four quarters?
A. You’ve changed.

70. Q. Where do baby ghosts go while their parents work?
A. To day scare.

71. Q. What has a bottom at the top?
A. Your legs

72. Q. Where does success come before work?
A. The dictionary.

73. Q. If a red house is made of red bricks, and a yellow house is made of yellow bricks, what is a greenhouse made of?
A. Glass.

74. Q. What word is spelled wrong in every dictionary?
A. The word “wrong.”

75. Q. I have no feet, no hands, no wings, but I climb to the sky. What am I?
A. Smoke.

76. Q. They have not flesh nor feathers, nor scales nor bone; but they do have fingers and thumbs of their own. What are they?
A. Gloves.

77. Q. What kind of goose fights with snakes?
A. A mongoose.

78. Q. I’m flat when I’m new. I’m fat when you use me, then flat again when something sharp touches me. What am I?
A. A balloon.

79. Q. You must keep this thing, its loss will affect your brothers. For once yours is lost, it will soon be lost by others. What is it?
A. Your temper.

80. Q. What is at the end of everything?
A. The letter “g”.

81. Q. You bought me for dinner but never eat me. What am I?
A. Silverware.

82. Q. I know a word of letters three, add two more and less there will be. What word is it?
A. Few.

83. Q. All about the house, with his partner he dances. Yet he always works, and never romances. What is he?
A. A broom.

84. Q. What do you throw out when you want to use it, but take in when you don’t want to use it?
A. An anchor.

85. Q. A hundred feet in the air, but its back is on the ground. What is it?
A. A centipede flipped over.

86. Q. I run in and out of town all day and night. What am I?
A. A road.

87. Q. What goes up when the rain comes down?
A. An umbrella.

88. Q. It doesn’t bark, it doesn’t bite but it still won’t let you in the house. What is it?
A. A lock.

89. Q. What travels around the world but never leaves the corner?
A. A stamp.

90. Q. A man in a car saw a Golden Door, Silver Door and a Bronze Door. What door did he open first?
A. The car door.

91. Q. What instrument does a skeleton play?
A. Trombone.

92. Q. What can be picked but not chosen?
A. A nose.

93. Q. How do spiders communicate?
A. Through the World Wide Web.

94. Q. Light as a feather, almost nothing in it, but the strongest man can’t hold it much more than a minute. What I am?
A. Breath.

95. Q. Give me food and I will live, Give me water, and I will die. What am I?
A. Fire.

96. Q. I have a thousand needles but I do not sew. What am I?
A. A Porcupine.

97. Q. Why couldn’t the skeleton cross the road?
A. Because it didn’t have the guts.

98. Q. Some months have 30 days, some months have 31 days. How many have 28?
A. They all do.

99. Q.  I am the beginning of the end and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I?
A. The letter e. End, timE, spacE, Every placE

100. Q. There is a rooster sitting on top of a barn. If it laid an egg, which way would it roll?
A. It wouldn’t, roosters don’t lay eggs.

101. Q. What begins with T, finishes with T, and has T in it?
A. A teapot

Still not enough for you? We’ve got a list of 101 puns to keep you going! Just phrase them as questions and they’re basically riddles that make your kid roll their eyes.

The Dad Of The Month, December 2019: Greg Gottsch

(Greg Gottsch)

We are honored to announce The Dad of the Month for December, 2019: Greg Gottsch. Greg’s experience as a father didn’t begin the way he anticipated, but every step of the way Greg has stepped up as a partner and parent. His wife, Amber, shared the following:

(Greg Gottsch)

“Our first child was born at 24 weeks, weighing 1lb 4oz. I had preeclampsia and would have died the night our son was born, but my husband was so worried he stayed awake to watch over me. As soon as I started seizing, he rushed me to the hospital where I had an emergency C-section. I was unconscious in ICU in critical condition while they explained to my husband that our son, Wyatt, would likely die but he could hold him while he passed. While I remained unconscious, Greg learned to pump my breast milk to feed our son in hopes of increasing his chance of survival. When I woke up, Greg carried me to finally meet Wyatt and he’s been carrying our family ever since.

(Greg Gottsch)

For the 6 months our son was in the NICU, Greg worked during the day, providing for us and ensuring I could be in the hospital with Wyatt. All the while he was working toward his bachelor’s degree, determined to give his family the best he could. It was physically and emotionally the most exhausting year of our lives. The hospital staff warned me that many relationships can’t withstand the stress we were faced with, that they often see men leave. But not Greg. Never once did he complain. He simply said, ‘this is fatherhood and I will do whatever it takes to take care of my son.’

(Greg Gottsch)

Greg stepped up to the plate of caring for a special-needs child, to being the sole provider, and to carrying our family through many more storms. We’ve since had another (full-term and healthy!) child and he has stepped up to the challenge again. Being a father is his greatest joy. In fact, we hope to become foster parents and offer a stable home to kids who need it, and I’m confident we can offer that because Greg is such a great daddy. I don’t know anyone who works harder or loves his kids more.

(Greg Gottsch)

The passion Greg has for fatherhood and for supporting men to embrace the role of dad is contagious. It’s what led him to following The Dad. I can’t think of anyone more incredible or deserving of being The Dad of the Month than Greg. He is the epitome of a great dad!”

(Greg Gottsch)

To recognize Greg’s perseverance and dedication to his family, we’re giving him $500 and some special edition dad gear. From the very beginning, Greg has proven his outstanding commitment to the well-being of his wife and kids. We salute you!

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The Dad Of The Month, November 2019: Tom Roderick

(Tom Roderick)

We are honored to announce The Dad of the Month for November 2019: Tom Roderick. Tom is 2 years into his fight against Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Long before his diagnosis, Tom was taking on life’s ups and downs with an unrelenting bright spirit and heart full of gratitude. Read his daughter Rachel’s nomination below:

(Tom Roderick)

“My dad, Tom, known by many as TR, has a particularly brilliant sense of humor and unmatched charisma. Growing up, he would go out of his way to bring laughter and cheer into every room he visited, whether it be him walking out with a nylon on his head pretending to be an alien looking for his mothership or doing improvised comedy acts in strange wigs via FaceTime. On vacations my Dad would be the first person in the water and would be found rolling up in the waves of the tide, like a big kid. He taught me to not be timid and to find joy in the present. Beyond his sense of humor, he is a talented musician and artist, playing both the keyboard and the guitar. As a child, I have strong memories of him and his band playing in our basement. The Grateful Dead’s song ‘Shakedown Street’ became the soundtrack to my earliest years.

(Tom Roderick)

When I was a year old, he decorated a playhouse cardboard box, where he painted gorgeous iris flowers on the outside. Upon seeing his remarkable talent, my mom immediately went out and purchased him a set of paints. Since that day he has been an artist selling pieces around the world. Together we have always created art and played music; he inspired me to play the violin and join the youth symphony. He taught me how to gesso canvases and mix paint to get the right color pigment. Countless hours have been spent listening to music and looking at and making art together. He also encouraged me to test my stamina in sports and running, making it to all of my cross country meets.

(Tom Roderick)

As I’ve grown older, he’s taught me the importance of gratitude and looking for an underlying purpose in any situation. I have an extraordinary relationship with my Dad that has always been intentional and full of love; I have always considered him to be my best friend. I think the depth of the relationship we share directly relates to his relationship with his father, whom we all lovingly called Jimpa. Both my Dad and Jimpa have brought so much happiness into people’s lives.

(Tom Roderick)

In a span of 3 years, my Dad lost his mother, older brother, and Jimpa, then my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through the extremely trying experience, he was our rock. He helped me stay grounded and optimistic through my first semester in college. During my mom’s surgery and chemotherapy, he motivated her to walk every day and lifted her spirits. Fast forward 3 more years to my father’s trip to the emergency room where his brain tumor was discovered and he underwent brain surgery, which he rolled out of making peace signs, smiling ear to ear. He went into radiation and chemo glowing with gratitude for his successful surgery.

(Tom Roderick)

Through all that my dad’s been through, he’s never given up, only ever expressed gratitude and immense appreciation for the people in his life. We have only grown closer, and our time has only been more cherished. We are always living in the moment and counting our blessings. I feel so fortunate to have this one of a kind dad.”

(Tom Roderick)

To honor Tom’s grounding optimism, tenacity, and contagious spirit we are sending $500 and special edition dad gear. Your example of a full life lived with gratitude is a welcome inspiration. We salute you!

Click here to read more or nominate a special dad in your life.