Forget Dad Fail; Here Is Some Dad Awesomeness! #AwesomeDads

I got slightly annoyed this week, after seeing two separate posts featuring photo slideshows with the tagline of DadFail. I won’t link to them but I assure you, they are out there and the pictures were a complete misrepresentation of what I’m guessing in 98% of the Dad population.

I thought it would be a fun idea to counter that post with some pictures of the Dads I associate with, doing the things that real Dads do with their children. I’m sure it won’t get even 1% of the hits those other posts got but it’s a start. We’re certainly not perfect but we are definitely not failures. I put a call out for photos and received so many that this could become a weekly feature.



This is another Canadian Dad blogger, James from EduDad and also from the Dads Round Table. You can catch him on Twitter at @SaskaDad. He’s a good dude and a great Dad!







Meet Trent Hamilton, who blogs over at Green Eggs & Hamiltons and also at Life of Dad. Don’t be afraid to hit him up on twitter at @mrThamilton. He is a perfect example of the changing face of fatherhood today.







This is Spencer Warren and his daughter at last year’s Ottawa Children’s Gala, which he also organizes. It’s an excellent event, for kids too, which raises money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s ‘Plan It Safe’ Program. He is a really good person and has committed a lot of his time to helping kids in my community. You can follow him at @CharityForCHEO on Twitter.






This is Daddy Nickell from the website Daddy Scrubs. It’s actually a very cool website and I encourage you to check it out. You can also catch up with him on the Daddy Scrubs Facebook page.








How about a Dad who doesn’t blog? They are the majority after all! Here is a cool shot of Darryl hanging with his kids out in the wilderness. I’m willing to excuse the Penguins hat here because of the amazing setting and the giant smiles!






Last but certainly not least, we have Mark Buell from my hometown of Ottawa. Hard to believe we are back to tobogganing season already! You can find Mark writing things at, A Semitone Higher and on Twitter @MeBuell.



That’s all for this week’s Untitled Dad Awesomeness Feature! I hope enjoyed it as much as I did putting it all together. I’m hoping to keep it going but I’ll need your help. You can do so by sending me your cool, Dad pictures, of you and your kids spending quality time together. You can send them to me on Twitter at @CanadianDadBlog, via my Facebook Page, or email them to me at [email protected]. Have a great week!


20 replies
  1. Kevin Linkie
    Kevin Linkie says:

    GREAT post Chris and I think a great feature going forward. I hate hearing all about the man bashing that goes on.. dads and non dads these days. If the shoe were on the other foot OH BOY..


  2. Kelly @ City Mom
    Kelly @ City Mom says:

    I really dislike the “dad” stereo type too! My husband is an amazing and hands-on dad. He’s almost more hands on than I am. The old joke about dads needs to die with dial up Internet!

    With that said, I do have some friends who’s husbands only add fuel to the stereotype fire. But that’s their problem, not you great dads out there.

    • Chris
      Chris says:

      I hear you about the ones adding fuel but I think that is relevant on both sides of the parenting spectrum. I really hate all the negative stereotypes and will keep working towards breaking them.

  3. Julie (@Flip_4)
    Julie (@Flip_4) says:

    I LOVE this idea!! It’s fantastic.

    My dad is absolutely fantastic and I can’t think of any time where he has disappointed me (other than those little unappreciative kid moments).

    So many #DadAwesomeness I couldn’t even begin to list them.


    • Chris
      Chris says:

      Just in the interest of full disclosure, I am also against the parenting stereotype as a whole, but those posts really caught my eye last week. Not all parents are created equal and I think this was a nice counterpoint to that argument.


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