Rob Kenney grew up without a dad and throughout his upbringing, he often had questions he wished he could ask a father. When he became one himself, he was determined to be the best dad to his kids and for others. Kenney is now going viral for his efforts to help all the kids without dads via his YouTube channel — “Dad, how do I?”
“My goal in my life was to raise good adults,” Kenney told Shattered. “I never wanted to be wealthy. I never wanted to be necessarily successful. My goal in life was to raise good adults — not good children but good adults — because I had a fractured childhood.”
Kenney created his YouTube channel “Dad, how do I?” to post videos showing viewers how to complete household and life tasks, lessons he wishes he had been given by a father. These videos include changing a tire, shaving, unclogging the shower drain, and getting ready for their first job interview. And, of course, share his collection of dad jokes.
The Viral “Dadvice”
Now that both of his children are both adults with their own careers, Kenney thought he could still step in and offer help in raising the younger generation. He toyed with the idea of making videos that detailed lessons not taught in school, but it wasn’t until quarantine hit that he decided to finally commit to a YouTube channel.
“I want it to be about everyday tasks, but I also would like to pass along some of the wisdom I’ve learned along the way to encourage people,” Rob said to Shattered. “I thought I was just going to be showing people how to do stuff, but it’s kind of resonating on a whole different level.”
While his channel’s just a month old, Kenney’s earned more than 1.6 million subscribers on the platform. In his last two videos, he shifts focus from his tutorials to addressing his new following and how appreciative he is of everyone tuning in.
In his latest video, titled “I am proud of you!”, he quotes Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena.”
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”Theodore Roosevelt
Kenney emotionally signs off to viewers, “I love you. I’m proud of you. God bless you.”
For those looking for a much-needed pick-me-up, Kenney’s just a click away with some dad-styled reassurance: