When I first became a father, I was shocked at the lack of resources readily available to dads. As someone who had every intention of being an actively-involved parent, I desperately craved the support network my wife easily found by the mere appearance of a baby bump. I wanted examples of other dads that I could look up to and utilize as a resource. Examples that could help tear down the superficial walls that seemed to divide dads and moms for no other reason than “that’s how it’s always been done.” It was that journey that led me to create a podcast presenting honest conversations about modern parenthood from the often underestimated perspective of a father. The goal was to create a forum showcasing how very similar modern dads and moms actually are beneath the surface — a chance to introduce examples of dads that I personally would want to be friends with; hence, the name of the podcast: Dad I’d Like to Friend (aka The DILF Podcast).
The main criteria were three factors that could exhibit the qualities of an excellent parent — no matter their gender:
- D = depth of character
- A = accessibility
- D = Darn fun to be around (at least some of the time)
With that criteria, I thought it might be nice to honor some examples that have been standing before us all along, but are rarely celebrated for their parenting skills — great examples of dads ANY parent would want to… friend. And with that, I give you the top 10 most iconic DILFS (Dads I’d Like To Friend) to ever grace our TV screens.