If you’ve been or known a dad for more than a minute, you know this crazy experience provides countless dad jokes. Maybe it’s not hilarious in the moment, but looking back at these experiences provides us with times where smiling is the only way to get through those (many, many) sleepless nights. Here are a few dad jokes from dads who’ve been there—a lot.
If you’re not prepared to spend 1/3 of your day “watching this,” then you aren’t ready to be a parent.
— Beau Coffron (@lunchboxdad) August 4, 2016
I haven’t seen the new Fast & Furious movie but I’ve driven a baby home on the brink of sleep an hour past naptime. So I got the gist of it.
— The ParentNormal (@ParentNormal) May 1, 2017
I was just enviously admiring the energy and flexibility of a 3yo and then he kneed himself in the face.
— HowToBeADad (@HowToBeADad) April 27, 2016
My version of headphones is having a forty pound child on my shoulders who’s singing about fish.
— dadpression (@Dadpression) May 10, 2017
“When i grow up i dont want to be a dad. I dont want to be fat.” – my 5 year old former son.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) March 5, 2017
4-year-old: I don’t want any more long dresses.
Me: Why not?
4: I can’t run from zombies.
— James Breakwell (@XplodingUnicorn) May 12, 2017
As important as it is to think back on the funny times, it’s also vital to do a quick parenting checkup in the present so that you can lead your children to be who God wants them to be in the future. Here are two questions to ask yourself on a regular basis.
Have my choices pointed my kids to Jesus today?
Even without realizing it, we daily guide our children on a path to become the adult they’ll eventually be. The good news is God is guiding you, even when you haven’t slept for two days and your kid just somehow destroyed the living room using only a blueberry muffin. Consistently check to see if you’re modeling actions, attitudes, and words that help your child see Jesus in you so they can be Jesus to others.
What kind of parents am I surrounding myself with?
Parents need to be part of a community that understands them. Dads, you’re not excluded from this. Sometimes we think this doesn’t apply to us, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This community isn’t just for advice on removing nail polish from the dog or how to make the strongest caffeinated drink known to mankind. The Bible talks time and again about how we’re created to be in community with God and others. If you currently feel like your life is spinning out of control, and you have no time for anything more, you especially need this kind of community now.
Being a parent provides hilarious memories, hard lessons, and unforgettable moments. As you navigate these years, remember to ask yourself the two questions. Most importantly, remember what God reminds us, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 NIV