10 Lessons We Learned From the Internet’s Favorite Dads

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A good father shares advice and life lessons with his kids — and a great father shares advice and life lessons with the whole Internet. So, let’s take a moment to appreciate the important lessons imparted to us by great dads who’ve really made their digital mark.

Lesson 1: You can be a single lady, even if you’re a toddler and male.

Back in 2010, one dad made his son cry by telling him, “You’re not a single lady, buddy” when the boy began to dance to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” The father soon realized his misstep and changed his tune, telling his young son that he CAN be a single lady, if he wants to be.

Lesson 2: Be thrilled about your accomplishments, even if they are remarkably average.

This dad wept with tears of unbridled joy when he learned that his son earned a C in math. So what if that’s, by definition, average? Stand up and be proud!

Lesson 3: Dads will always, always embarrass their kids when they dance.

Sometimes famous dads go viral for, well, just being really dad-like.

Lesson 4: There are plenty of songs to enjoy that are not “Let It Go.”

This father-daughter duo captured our collective heart for their spirited lip sync of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.”

Lesson 5: Laptops are not bulletproof.

Remember this dad who went on an eight-minute rant directed toward his daughter for her incessant whining on social media? One of the lessons here is don’t be a brat, but the real takeaway is that laptops don’t stand a chance in a firefight.

Lesson 6: You done goofed.

The now-deceased Gene Leonhardt became an Internet sensation for angrily defending his daughter from her haters — and for telling them, “You done goofed.” Let’s all try and apply that as a lesson every day, because we’ve probably all done goofed.

Lesson 7: Start planning NOW so you can become a viral sensation later.

This dad taped his kids coming downstairs on Christmas morning for more than two decades. It probably annoyed them — especially during their surly teen years — but look how much it paid off. They got millions of views on YouTube! Redemption.

Lesson 8: If you want to be a great dad, just get deployed to Afghanistan and then plan an elaborate surprise homecoming.

Sounds easy enough.

Lesson 9: America is number one!

In honor of the Sochi Olympics, this dad built a backyard snow luge for his kids and totally decked it out in red white and blue/woohoo America/USA is #1 type decor.

Lesson 10: You can’t hit people because you want pancakes.

The most important lesson of them all. Jury’s still out on whether or not you can hit people because you want waffles.

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