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21 Things Dads Do Better Than Moms

Dec 6 2014 - 4:03pm

There are countless studies that prove moms and dads play their own critical roles in a child's development, and basically, moms and dads both rock in their own ways. And while I totally agree, there are many things that my husband is better at than I am when it comes to parenting. And guess what? I don't feel like less of a woman (or mother) because of it. It's just the truth. There are so many reasons men make great daddies [1], so let's celebrate the things — let's face it — that dads just do better.

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Playing Rough

Kids love to play rough, but most mamas just aren't as down to get down and wrestle on the floor like the dads are.

Source: Instagram user instagranph [3]

Getting the Kids All Riled Up

It is always awesome to watch a dad getting their tot all riled up. Unless it's right before bed, and then it's anything but awesome.

Source: Instagram user jessicasimpson [4]

Bumps and Bruises

While mom's tend to freak out a little bit over our child's spills and falls, dads tend to err more on the "he's fine!" side (and the latter usually gets a much more favorable reaction).

Source: Flickr user Brendon Connelly [5]

Reading

Dads have the best character and animal noises. In fact, studies suggest that when a father takes an active role in their child's life [6], the child is more likely to get good grades, be more socially involved, and actually enjoy school.

Source: Flickr user surlygirl [7]

Fishing

I know quite a few mamas who regularly take their kids fishing — I am not one of them (God bless you ladies that do). So I'm not saying it can't be done, but in general, fishing is usually dad's thing.

Source: Flickr user Yinghai [8]

Hide-And-Seek

No one has better hiding spots than Daddy.

Source: Flickr user Michael and Franzie Nelson [9]

Digging in the Sand

Whether they're making sand castles, digging holes, or getting buried, dads just know how to play in the sand.

Source: Flickr user Michael Bentley [10]

Shoulder Rides

I can piggyback my kids as well as the next person, but the minute one of them wants to get up on my shoulders is the minute they get passed on to dad (who always hoists them up without hesitation).

Source: Instagram user vanessalachey [11]

Adventures

One of my kid's favorite things to do after dinner is go on an "adventure" with Daddy. This usually involves exploring the outdoors, riding bikes, collecting hundreds of golf balls, or something else that the kids absolutely adore.

Source: Instagram user tathiessen [12]

Sports

I know there are some moms who wear the sporty socks in the family (again, not me), but many husbands have mamas beat in this department — my son's T-ball coach once asked me if my 3-year-old was a lefty or righty, and I had no idea. I later asked my husband, who immediately said, "He's a righty."

Source: Instagram user doutzen [13]

Swimming

Show me a pool, ocean, river, or water park, and I'll show you a 10:2 ratio of dads to moms swimming with their kids. We moms usually take our lifeguarding posts on dry land while questioning if our husbands are really watching the kids or not (they are).

Source: Instagram user tathiessen [14]

Camping

Simply said: camping is all dad. Bonus points, if he takes the kids camping alone — what a man!

Source: Flickr user heymarchetti [15]

Creepy Crawlies

Dad's got this one covered too. And he'll probably pick up whatever terrified you with his bare hands — and then go show the kids.

Source: Instagram user motleypixel [16]

Tough Love

A dad's matter-of-fact way of dealing with discipline is a nice change from mama's overanalysis of (and talk about) the situation.

Source: Instagram user joelmadden [17]

Going Off "Schedule"

Many a dad is perfectly OK with going off the schedule (missing naps, staying up late, etc.) — and they usually handle the late-night crazies a lil better too.

Source: Instagram user alessandraambrosio [18]

Goofing Off

Nobody, I mean nobody, goofs off like a dad does.

Source: Instagram user heathersmth21 [19]

Amusement Parks

He may be in it so he can go on the rides, but one thing is for sure, he'll show his child a good time along the way!

Source: Flickr user Gaelen Hadlett [20]

Breakfast

Maybe it's just my family, but in my house, breakfast is daddy's domain. If he is available to make it, he will — and my kids will happily tell me that mommy's eggs do not compare to daddy's.

Source: Flickr user Janine [21]

Eating Out

Is it just me or do daddies handle the whole eating-out-with-kids stress way better than moms? My husband will happily take the kids out to dinner, with or without me (that is where they all are, as I write this), and I'd rather keep the feeding frenzy at home.

Source: Instagram user eyeliam [22]

Science Experiments

Most dads have a knack for science (or at least a love for blowing things up), and kids adore this time with their fathers. Trust me, if he hasn't shown your kids the whole Mentos in Diet Coke experiment/explosion, show him this post, and he will.

Source: Instagram user dewalrus_love [23]

Vacation Without Kids

Most moms have a really hard time leaving their kids for a much-needed R & R trip with their spouse. Dads, not so much. It's not that they won't miss the kids — they absolutely will — but they also are able to see that the benefits of an adult trip far outweigh the negatives.

Source: Instagram user two_inlove [24]


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