22 Things Your Dad Can Do Better Than You

Dads come equipped with a range of useful abilities. Sadly not all of these are hereditary.

1. Putting up shelves. It looks easy.

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But somehow it isn’t.

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2. In fact, anything involving a drill.

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Even if he wasn’t always taking it very seriously.

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3. Fixing any kind of car-related problem.

There was a time when men would crease up with laughter at the thought of taking a car to a garage, and would instead fix whatever the problem was them themselves. Now we take cars to garages to fix the fluffy dice.

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4. Skimming stones so they bounce more than twice on the water.

“It’s all in the wrist, son.”

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5. Fixing bikes.

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6. Fixing toilets.

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Where do dads learn this stuff?

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7. Inhabiting a shed / garage and filling it with “dad stuff”.

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8. Sleeping on the sofa.

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9. Shouting at the TV.

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10. Re-wiring a plug.

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11. Parking. This is you:

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This is your dad.

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12. Haggling in shops.

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It never ceases to amaze me how often this works.

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13. Telling dad jokes.

Via TheThspian13 on Reddit and Dads On Vacation.

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14. Complaining in restaurants.

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“Just leave it.”
“No, we’re paying good money.”

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15. Doing accounting properly, like an adult. Because your paperwork still looks like this.

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16. Navigating to any part of the world using a map (without using a satnav).

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17. And knowing how to fold up the map afterwards.

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19. Putting up a tent AND not watching it fly away.

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20. Decorating, including all wallpaper-related activity, which for some reason is harder than it looks.

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21. Gardening. You think: “Oh those flowers look nice.” He thinks: “I’ll just do some pruning.”

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22. Dad dancing.

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Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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