Why are good dads so likable? It's probably for these 5 simple reasons.

It's no secret that everybody loves good moms.

I know I do.

My wife is an amazing mom, and my kids love her to pieces.


I'm a grown man, and my own mama is still one of my favorite people on the planet due to all the love she provided and sacrifices she made to get me and my brothers to where we are today.

Identical twins giving our mama some identical holiday love. Photo provided by me.

But you know what? Everybody loves good dads, too. Their partners find them to be sexy, their friends enjoy being around them, and most importantly — their kids absolutely cannot get enough of them.

Why? Well, it's not only because they aren't interested in spending a random Tuesday night doing this.

Most good dads I know aren't making it rain at the club instead of being with their families. GIF from "Parks and Recreation."

Here are five simple reasons why good dads are so adored by their loved ones.

1. They love to wear their babies.

You don't have to wear babies to be a good dad, but good dads aren't afraid to try. Other than understanding that it's great for the baby's development, it's a beautiful thing to see a big strong man take part in a gentle act like strapping an infant to his chest. Not to mention, men who are willing to do this show their confidence, and most people I know love confident dudes.

These guys also aren't worried if Neanderthals laugh at them for using a baby carrier. They do it because they're demonstrating that building a bond with their babies is way more important than trying to impress the clowns who don't get it.

All photos are from Daddy Doin' Work Instagram, used with permission.

2. They're affectionate toward their children.

You know that "emotionally unavailable dad"? Sure you do. He's the guy who thinks he's an awesome father just because he brings home a paycheck. He never plays with his kids, he never tells them he loves them, and the only time he touches them is during a spanking when they "get out of line."

I'll go out on a limb here and say that nobody likes that dad.

But do you know the type of dads that everyone likes?

The dads who come home from work and instantly transitions into "play mode" (even without changing their clothes).

The dads who truly enjoy the bonding moments with their children.

The dads who hug and kiss their kids often.

It's a new world now and that emotionally unavailable nonsense is as played out as the Macarena and the Harlem Shake. Nowadays affection is the new toughness.

3. They aren't "too cool" to be a little silly.

The kids want to reenact a Disney movie scene? They're the first ones to set the stage.

Their daughters want a date for their tea parties? They're the first ones to put on dresses to own their fabulousness.

Good dads aren't "too cool" to do anything for their kids because they understand that making their kids happy is the coolest thing ever. Again, the level of confidence it takes to look silly and not care about anyone's opinion (other than his family, of course) is a great quality to have.

Not to mention, the silliest times always lead to the best memories.

4. If they're in romantic relationships, they choose to be parenting partners without being asked.

If the baby's crying in the middle of the night, they're the ones who quickly get up to tend to her so their partners can receive some much-needed rest.

And no, it doesn't matter to them if their spouses stay at home with the kids all day while they go to the office. These men are smart enough to know that they're both working and that everyone deserves a chance to enjoy a good night's sleep.

If they notice their partners are overwhelmed, they get busy in the kitchen to whip up a nice dinner for the family. Or, if they can't cook, they're thoughtful enough to bring home some take-out food instead.

Nobody asked them to do these things. They just do it because they're good people.

And that's what's up.

5. If they're in romantic relationships, they take the time to let their partners know that they're appreciated.

Newsflash: Raising kids is no joke. Between managing toddler tantrums, diaper changes, teenage hormones, and kids doing the complete opposite of what's asked of them, it can be a maddening and thankless gig at times.

But likable men are empathetic enough to know when their spouses need a pick-me-up. It doesn't take much, either. Just a simple, "You know what, honey? I appreciate everything you do for our family," and all of the stress seemingly disappears.

It takes so little effort to say thank you, but it has a ridiculously profound impact.

I'm sure it would have an even more profound impact if the Old Spice guy said it, but we don't need to go there. GIF from Old Spice.

In closing, I want to reiterate how awesome moms are.

Even though my dad is easily the best man I know, there's no chance I'd be the man and father I am today without my mom's guidance. But dads play an integral role in the parenting game too. The more involved we are, the better off it is for everyone.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to put on my blonde Queen Elsa wig and sing "Let It Go" about a dozen times. Because, you know, fatherhood.

It's one thing to see a little kid skateboarding. It's another to see a stereotype-defying little girl skateboarding. And it's entirely another to see Paige Tobin.

Paige is a 6-year-old skateboarding wonder from Australia. A recent video of her dropping into a 12-foot bowl on her has gone viral, both for the feat itself and for the style with which she does it. Decked out in a pink party dress, a leopard-print helmet, and rainbow socks, she looks nothing like you'd expect a skater dropping into a 12-foot bowl to look. And yet, here she is, blowing people's minds all over the place.

For those who may not fully appreciate the impressiveness of this feat, here's some perspective. My adrenaline junkie brother, who has been skateboarding since childhood and who races down rugged mountain faces on a bike for fun, shared this video and commented, "If I dropped in to a bowl twice as deep as my age it would be my first and last time doing so...this fearless kid has a bright future!"

It's scarier than it looks, and it looks pretty darn scary.

Paige doesn't always dress like a princess when she skates, not that it matters. Her talent and skill with the board are what gets people's attention. (The rainbow socks are kind of her signature, however.)

Her Instagram feed is filled with photos and videos of her skateboarding and surfing, and the body coordination she's gained at such a young age is truly something.

Here she was at three years old:

And here she is at age four:


So, if she dropped into a 6-foot bowl at age three and a 12-foot bowl at age six—is there such a thing as an 18-foot bowl for her to tackle when she's nine?

Paige clearly enjoys skating and has high ambitions in the skating world. "I want to go to the Olympics, and I want to be a pro skater," she told Power of Positivity when she was five. She already seems to be well on her way toward that goal.

How did she get so good? Well, Paige's mom gave her a skateboard when she wasn't even preschool age yet, and she loved it. Her mom got her lessons, and she's spent the past three years skating almost daily. She practices at local skate parks and competes in local competitions.

She also naturally has her fair share of spills, some of which you can see on her Instagram channel. Falling is part of the sport—you can't learn if you don't fall. Conquering the fear of falling is the key, and the thing that's hardest for most people to get over.

Perhaps Paige started too young to let fear override her desire to skate. Perhaps she's been taught to manage her fears, or maybe she's just naturally less afraid than other people. Or maybe there's something magical about the rainbow socks. Whatever it is, it's clear that this girl doesn't let fear get in the way of her doing what she wants to do. An admirable quality in anyone, but particularly striking to see in someone so young.

Way to go, Paige. Your perseverance and courage are inspiring, as is your unique fashion sense. Can't wait to see what you do next.

Images courtesy of John Scully, Walden University, Ingrid Scully
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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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