w: Johnathon E. Briggs

The 7 Best Dad Moments of 2019

The 7 Best Dad Moments of 2019

These viral videos captured the hilarity and intensity of fatherhood

— January 5, 2020 —

Fatherhood in all its poignant and comical glory continued to go viral in 2019, yet another reminder that when you’re in need of a pick-me-up, you can count on dad. As we kick off 2020 and the start of a new decade, Fatherhood@Forty looks back at the year that was and presents our seven Best #DadMoments of 2019.


7. Doug Payne’s Airport Shenanigans

Doug Payne is 100 percent THAT DAD. You know, the one that is happy to pick up his daughter, Courtney, from the airport because it gives him yet another chance to affectionately embarrass her. Like for Christmas when he greeted her at the Kansas City Airport—dressed as a cheery elf and holding a glittery “Santa’s Naughty List” sign with Courtney’s name on it.

“He’s always been a comedian,” Courtney told PEOPLE.

We can’t wait to see what shenanigans Doug has in store for 2020.

(Credit: Courtney Payne | Twitter)


6. Larry Sumpter’s Social Media Takeover

Speaking of the Naughty List, that’s what teenager Madelynn Sumpter found herself on when her parents, Tawnya Ford and Larry Sumpter, found out she had helped sneak boys into a sleepover party. They were kind enough to give her two options for her punishment.

“We said you can either go a month without a phone, or two weeks without a phone but we have complete control of your social media,” Tawnya told TODAY Parents. Madelynn chose the second option.

The takeover of Madelynn’s TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts began on November 11, and Larry’s posts quickly became Internet gold. In one of my favorite Facebook posts, Larry and his son-in-law strut down a hallway and dance in daisy dukes and crop tops before lip-syncing in unison to Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song.”

In the post, which has generated nearly a million views, Larry wrote: “Parent take over day 3!!! She definitely should have chosen the month of grounding instead of 2 weeks and giving us access to all of her social media!!…#parenttakeover #parentingwin #makebetterchoices”


(Credit: Larry Sumpter | Facebook)


5. Donte Palmer’s Squat for Change

Donte Palmer was fed up with the lack of changing stations in men’s bathrooms. So he went into Papa Bear mode on Instagram in September 2018 with a post of him kneeling on a bathroom floor while trying to change his son’s diaper.

“This is a serious post!!! What’s the deal with not having changing tables in men’s bathroom as if we don’t exist!!” Palmer wrote on Instagram. “Clearly we do this often because look how comfortable my son is. It’s routine to him!!!! Let’s fix this problem! I Kaepernick drop a knee to this issue! Let’s show the innovation of fathers!”

Palmer’s post helped launch the #squatforchange movement which caught the attention of Pampers. In June 2019, just before Father’s Day, Pampers announced it will provide —in partnership with Koala Kare— 5,000 new changing stations in men’s public restrooms across the U.S. and Canada by 2021 “to help address the inequality hands-on dads face when it comes to taking care of their babies.” And they’ve enlisted musician John Legend to help raise awareness for the campaign.

(Credit: Donte Palmer | Instagram)


4. Daddy-Daughter Ballet Steps

During the month of November, instead of Thanksgiving, Erin Lee, founder of the E’chappe Dance Arts school in Philadelphia, observes what she calls “dancegiving” in which the school encourages family connections through dance.

It was during this time that she posted a video of dads doing ballet with their daughters that generated international attention and was praised by celebrities.

“Primarily we are an African-American dance school which we love so much just because a lot of our fathers are stigmatized. You look at them and you don’t think they are going to be great fathers or they have tattoos or their hats are to the back, and it’s totally not the case,” Lee told the BBC. “So it’s really good that we get to use our platform to change people’s minds a bit.”

Dads will do just about anything for their daughters, including a plié.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Awesome BOGA today dance dads!!!!

A post shared by Echappe Dance Arts, LLC (@echappedancearts) on

(Credit: E’chappe Dance Arts | Instagram)


3. Rolland Holland’s Cheerleading Routine

It’s one thing to cheer for your kids and another thing entirely to cheer with them.

Rolland “Hekili” Holland put the pep in parenthood when a video of him mirroring his daughter’s on-the-field cheer routine from his seat in the bleachers during a high school football game went viral.

As it turns out, Rolland had asked his 15-year-old daughter, Mackenzi to teach him her cheer routine, practicing it 20 or 30 minutes at a time so he could be ready for the Big Game.

“A lot of people think I would have been embarrassed but I’m really not,” Mackenzi told TODAY Parents. “I’m just proud that my dad’s here and that he’s doing everything with me.”

(Credit: Scott Willard | Facebook)


2. Maverick Austin as “The Period Fairy”

There’s The Tooth Fairy and now, thanks to Texas dad Maverick Austin, we have The Period Fairy.

Maverick, a single dad, was hosting an important conference call at work, when the onset of his daughter’s puberty upended his day.

“Dad it’s weird, but think I pooped my pants!” he recounted his daughter, Avi, saying in a now-viral Facebook post. “So I rush to school take her a change of undies, put the old ones in a bag and rush back to my conference call and threw the bag in the kitchen trash.

“Few hours later she calls and I had to put a very important work meeting I’m hosting on hold, which I never do, and she says “Dad it happened again”…

“I’m confused and very annoyed because I’m super busy… I yell “just wipe your butt better then stuff toilet paper in the back of your pants and I’ll have to call you back in an hour!” and I hang up.”

It dawned on Maverick minutes later that it wasn’t poop, it was Aunt Flo. He rushed back to the school office to take his daughter home. Later on, she asks, “Don’t I get something, like when a tooth falls out?”

“So I snuck off to the store and when she got out of the shower, I told her “The Period Fairy” brought you something.”


(Credit: Maverick Austin | Facebook)


1. D.J. Pryor and Son in Dialogue

Sitting together on a big comfy couch, D.J. Pryor and his then 19-month son, Kingston, strike up a conversation about the season finale of the TV show “Empire.”

“They need to work on that, right?” D.J. asks. “Yes,” Kingston responds.

“Did you understand it, though?” D.J. continues. “No,” Kingston says.

Thanks to D.J.’s impeccable improv skills, the pair go on to have what appears to be a full-on conversation, complete with hand gestures and adorable gibberish from Kingston.

At the end, D.J. says to his son, “That’s exactly what I was thinking! We think a lot alike.”

It’s a true gem that has delighted millions and led the dad-son duo to star in a Denny’s commercial. (Fun fact: According to Diane Paul of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the video also “demonstrates key skills needed for speech, language, and communication development.”) #TalkToYourKids

(Credit: D.J. Pryor | YouTube)


What was your favorite #DadMoment of 2019?

Did you miss our Top 7 Dad Moments of 2018?

Share your thoughts with me on Twitter.

Father on,

Featured image photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash

1381 words

1.5.20

Johnathon E. BriggsI love wingtip shoes + statement socks • Husband • Autism Dad • Comic Book Geek • #BlackDadMagic • ΑΦΑ

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Input comment
Input name Input email

9 Reasons You Should Watch Disney/Pixar’s “Loop”

An Open Letter to Pixar: Diversity and Inclusion in Animation Affirms Us All

Inside the Bubble of Childhood

Don't miss a post! Subscribe to Fatherhood@Forty via email.

© Legend - A Handcrafted Misfit Theme

Copyright © 2019 — Blank Canvas Studio, LLC | No use without permission

About

Six weeks before my 40th birthday, I became a first-time father. This life-changing moment made me think about my own dad, who became a father at 44. As my parenthood journey unfolded, I noticed that most of my friends had become parents earlier in life yet, here I was, changing diapers and battling sleep deprivation at (nearly) 40. I told my wife, “Parenting is definitely a young man’s game.” But is it really?

Where most of my friends were preparing for their children’s middle and high school graduations, I was mastering the art of the swaddle, perfecting the one-hand baby wipe, and learning to decipher my daughter’s gurgles and whimpers. It occurred to me that I had so much more to offer my daughter at the sure-footed age of 40 than I did at, say, 28, when I was still coming into my own.

Fatherhood@Forty: Dispatches from the Parent Hood™ is a creative outlet to share my experiences and connect with other (relatively) late-in-life dads.

Here are a few factoids about me, Johnathon Briggs, the editor behind this blog:

  • I’m a former journalist (Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune).
  • I love exploring Chicago and the Midwest with my family.
  • I remain on a constant quest to stay fit.
  • I support charities that fight HIV, uplift families affected by incarceration, and ensure African American boys graduate from college.
  • I’m a comic book geek (mostly Marvel, but a bit of DC and Image Comics).
  • I’m a child of the ‘80s, so please expect occasional references to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.

As a reporter for daily newspapers, I had the opportunity to interview fascinating people and to test out great products and brands for my readers. I hope to do the same for you as I blog about the moments that make up this adventure called fatherhood.

Feel free to tweet (@fatherhoodforty) or email (fatherhoodforty@gmail.com) me if you’d like to collaborate or have ideas for a blog post.

Father on,

P.S. Check out The Art of Conversation podcast interview I did with Art Eddy from Life of Dad.

 


Disclaimer: Fatherhood@Forty may contain affiliate marketing links, which may result in commission on sales of products or services I write about. My editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

9 Reasons You Should Watch Disney/Pixar’s “Loop”

The 7 Best Dad Moments of 2019

Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum Spark Togetherness

To Tree or Not to Tree? That Is the Question

An Open Letter to Pixar: Diversity and Inclusion in Animation Affirms Us All

Inside the Bubble of Childhood

Dad Bod: What It Means to Me at Mid-Life

A Developmental Delay is a Comma, Not a Period

Ask a Dad: What’s Your Shaving Routine?

Stepping Into the Outdoors of a New Year

View More

About

Six weeks before my 40th birthday, I became a first-time father. This life-changing moment made me think about my own dad, who became a father at 44. As my parenthood journey unfolded, I noticed that most of my friends had become parents earlier in life yet, here I was, changing diapers and battling sleep deprivation at (nearly) 40. I told my wife, “Parenting is definitely a young man’s game.” But is it really?

Where most of my friends were preparing for their children’s middle and high school graduations, I was mastering the art of the swaddle, perfecting the one-hand baby wipe, and learning to decipher my daughter’s gurgles and whimpers. It occurred to me that I had so much more to offer my daughter at the sure-footed age of 40 than I did at, say, 28, when I was still coming into my own.

Fatherhood@Forty: Dispatches from the Parent Hood™ is a creative outlet to share my experiences and connect with other (relatively) late-in-life dads.

Here are a few factoids about me, Johnathon Briggs, the editor behind this blog:

  • I’m a former journalist (Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune).
  • I love exploring Chicago and the Midwest with my family.
  • I remain on a constant quest to stay fit.
  • I support charities that fight HIV, uplift families affected by incarceration, and ensure African American boys graduate from college.
  • I’m a comic book geek (mostly Marvel, but a bit of DC and Image Comics).
  • I’m a child of the ‘80s, so please expect occasional references to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.

As a reporter for daily newspapers, I had the opportunity to interview fascinating people and to test out great products and brands for my readers. I hope to do the same for you as I blog about the moments that make up this adventure called fatherhood.

Feel free to tweet (@fatherhoodforty) or email (fatherhoodforty@gmail.com) me if you’d like to collaborate or have ideas for a blog post.

Father on,

P.S. Check out The Art of Conversation podcast interview I did with Art Eddy from Life of Dad.

 


Disclaimer: Fatherhood@Forty may contain affiliate marketing links, which may result in commission on sales of products or services I write about. My editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Scary Mommy
The Mighty Contributor
Copyright © 2019 Blank Canvas Studio, LLC | No use without permission