Dads are stepping up and taking the reins more and more when it comes to parenting.
Being the coolest dad can be as simple as showing up and throwing yourself into playing with your child.
Or it can mean dressing up in a tiara and throwing some shapes in the kitchen.
You might not feel cool to anyone looking in from the outside. But to your child – you’re the real deal.
Here are 11 things only the coolest dads would dare to do:
You drink endless cups of pretendy tea
No matter how big or bad you are, if your 2 year old asks you to attend a tea party you do it.
You get down on the carpet, don’t flinch when asked to wear a tiara and hold out your pinkie to drink cup after cup of invisible tea.
You get on down to their favourite songs
And the actions. You sing their songs with more passion than an X Factor contestant at Judge’s Houses and add some unique dad actions to go with them too.
All together now…Baby Shark Do do do do do dooo.
You cry when Simba’s dad dies
You’ve sat through Frozen 27 times, been to the cinema to take the kids to see Despicable Me 3 and you sob your eyes out when Mufasa dies in The Lion King.
When Simba cries ‘Daaaad’ it nearly breaks you and you ask your child if you can fast forward that bit.
You’re not afraid to ‘Let it Go’
Your son asks you to put on a princess dress and dance round the living room to ‘Let it Go’ – you’re on it. And you don’t hold back.
You swirl and twirl and dance like nobody’s watching.
There’s a glittery loo roll on your office desk
You took the homemade pen pot to work and actually use it. It was a Father’s Day present your kids made out of loo rolls and glitter.
It might be a bit wonky but it has pride of place on your office desk and makes you smile every morning when you see it there to greet you.
Once a year you dress up as a pumpkin
Each Halloween you’re there, dressed up in an outlandish costume, ready to take the kids Trick or Treating.
If the costume involves tights – you’re on it. No holds barred.
You think outside the box
When your partner’s feeling frazzled you step in and think outside the box to find a solution to tricky parenting problems.
The baby won’t stop crying?
Easy – play The Imperial March from Star Wars!
You’re the best at finding the most unlikely and outlandish ways to do things. And they usually work!
You’re there by their side when they need you most
Your child has been practising for their dance show for weeks but when it comes to the big performance, the nerves take over.
You don’t hesitate to get up there and be by her side to help her out.
You do the BEST Gruffalo voices
Bedtime stories with you can be the highlight of their day.
You don’t just read the story but you go all out to do the best voices for all the characters – using all your best accents and acting skills.
You’re surprised the phone call hasn’t come in yet for you to read a CBeebies bedtime story, so honed are your skills.
You give the best ever big bear hugs
When your child needs it most you scoop them up in your arms and give the very best Daddy hugs that envelope them in your arms and make everything seem so much better.
So whichever way you choose to be with your kids, enjoy it and dare to be one of the coolest dads in town!