5. Lunchbox Dad(s)
Determined to make his daughter’s school lunches not only healthy but fun, a northern California father crafts lunches that totally put Lunchables to shame. Check out his broccoli turtles (and contemplate whether Lunchbox Dad ought to be recruited to jazz up the vegetables and fruit that many kids discard from their school lunches). Graphic designer David LaFerriere also has to be noted: since 2008, he has been drawing “sandwich art” every day for his kids.
Photo via sheri chen/Flickr
6. Nils Pickert
Pickert and his young son live in a “very traditional” village in Germany. His son prefers to wear skirts and dresses and had undergone more than his share of being ridiculed. Pickert decided that, rather than discouraging his son, he would join him and wear skirts too. After seeing his dad in a skirt, the little boy pulled one out and put it on; he’s since been wearing skirts to school and when other kids (usually boys) make fun of him, he says, “You only don’t dare to wear skirts and dresses because your dads don’t dare to either.”
Photo via Eric Peacock
7. Dicken Schrader
Columbian video artist Schrader enlists his two children, Milah and Korben, in a rendition of Depeche Mode’s “Everything Counts.” It is tres cool to see the trio perform but the best thing is, they look like they’re having fun making music together.
8. Steve Sobchyshyn
Another highly creative dad uses his crafting powers to create awesomeness for his child. Video editor Steve Sobchyshyn devoted an estimated 150 hours and a few hundred dollars to make an armor-clad Emile costume from the game Halo: Reach for his 12-year-old son, Brandon.
Photo via Dennis Kalantarov/Flickr
9. Mike Mika
When his daughter bemoaned the fact that the classic Donkey Kong game lacked any female characters, Mika did what a dad has to do and hacked the game to add one. You can see Mika’s version of Donkey Kong: Pauline version in action here:
I can’t end this list without a shout out for my husband, Jim aka “Charlie’s dad.” Over a decade ago, Jim took the training wheels off of Charlie’s little bike, beginning a sometimes harrying but often thrilling bike-riding adventure. Charlie is severely autistic and has lots of challenges, but he rides a bike in New Jersey traffic (with some unforgiving drivers) just fine. Together, they’ve biked several thousand miles since then. As Jim has often told me, the one thing he wants to be remembered for is the dad who “never said no to a bike ride.”
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