Ah, Dadisms. They’re the best. Honest, direct, often witty, and always dispensed with the best of intentions. These are the bits of advice, the wry little quips of wisdom, that helped shape the people we’ve become, and how in turn we raise our children.
In celebration of fathers everywhere, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite Dadisms from fathers across the country. Real wisdom from real dads.
The best advice we’ve ever received from our dads
Put the fight out before lights outSettling your differences before bedtime is as important as not going swimming for 30 minutes after eating. Wait? Is that not still a thing? Ok, so it's more important than that.Thinkstock/Lisa Felepchuk
The kids don't give upDad's tenacity is legendary. Too stupid to quit, some would say. He had another outlook. And you still can't beat him at an arm wrestle.Thinkstock/Lisa Felepchuk
Fashion dadHe may not be an authority on all things sartorial, but he does know a good hat (and a bad hat) when sees one.Thinkstock/Lisa Felepchuk
100 per cent chance of weatherFathers know the futility of cursing the forces of nature. You can either work with it or stay inside. Incidentally, they also own many pairs of wool socks...Thinkstock/Lisa Felepchuk
Smart is the new coolConvincing children that learning is fun can be a struggle. It takes constant effort to keep scholastic motivation up—for both the parents and the children. A good dad always packs some positive reinforcement in his children's lunch boxes.Thinkstock/Lisa Felepchuk
Direct deposit of wisdomMost parents never miss an opportunity to remind us of the importance of effort and a positive outlook. You reap what you sow...Dad knew it and now we do too.Thinkstock/Lisa Felepchuk
Debt is for somebody else's kidsThe old man doesn't believe in debt. Sure, he never had to rent in today's housing market, but he'll never admit he had it easy. While we're on the topic, can we pretty please borrow some money, sweet Daddy?Thinkstock/Lisa Felepchuk
Life happens in the grey areaDad knew some decent shortcuts, some of which were a bit questionable, and others that were totally legit, but he always found his way. The trick is to know the map well enough to not get lost.Thinkstock/Lisa Felepchuk
Fix-it FatherHe taught us to use the right tool for the right job, and to take the time to make sure you're using it properly. He also taught us how to use superglue in place of a stitch when you don't use it properly.Thinkstock/Lisa Felepchuk
Don't hate the playerThis is basically dads way of saying hater gonna hate, hate, hate. If someone's judging you for something you're doing, it's probably because they haven't had a chance to do it themselves.Thinkstock/Lisa Felepchuk
Tell us your old man’s favourite saying by using the hashtag #TheLoopDadisms on Twitter.