He Knows How It Feels Not To Have A Dad, So Now He’s Sharing Valuable Dadvice

Meet Rob Kenny. He’s quickly becoming an internet sensation. He’s taken it upon himself to share useful “dadvice,” or advice that your dad would give you, with millions of strangers online. Have you ever wanted to learn how to change a tire or how to iron a dress shirt? Rob Kenny is your man.

Kenny knows exactly how it feels to have nobody to turn to for fatherly wisdom. He’s had to figure out all of this stuff on his own, and now he’s making videos so you don’t have to self-teach like he did.

A Man On A Mission

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This is Rob Kenny. His dad left when he was just 12 years old, so he didn’t have anyone around to teach him how to shave his face or tie a tie.

Teaching The World’s Kids

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Kenny knows exactly how it feels to have to navigate those kinds of tasks on your own, so he created a YouTube channel to help kids and kids at heart.

A Channel Was Born

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Kenny started posting videos on his YouTube channel in April of 2020. He wanted to put out some positive content to keep everyone’s spirits up during a pretty difficult time.

His First Video

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The first video that Rob posted on his channel was a tutorial for how to tie a tie. The video was very well received and it now has over 300,000 views.

The Videos Kept Coming

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After that first video came out, Rob was on a roll. He released several more helpful tutorials including “how to unclog a bathtub drain” and “how to hang a shelf.”

A Bit Of A Boost

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Rob Kenny was slowly gaining subscribers when a guy by the name of Chris Hart (who has a rather large Facebook following) shared Kenny’s channel on his platform. After Chris’ post, Kenny’s channel really took off.

Chris’ Nod Of Approval

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Photo Credit: Dad, how do I? / YouTube

Chris shared Kenny’s channel with his audience along with the following message:

“This YouTuber’s dad walked out on his family when he was 12 years old. Now that he’s a father of his own two adult children, he’s created a YouTube channel called “Dad, how do I?” where he posts videos of common tasks you might ask your dad for help with, so that children without fathers can use his videos as a resource.”

People Were Loving His Videos

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Chris continued, “I don’t know this man, but he got an instant subscribe from me. What an amazing, selfless thing to do for someone else. It’s stories like these that give me hope for humanity.”

Fans Flocked To His Channel

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Chris’s followers turned Kenny’s channel into a viral sensation. People were so happy that this man had turned his own childhood hardships into a positive, creative resource for others who might be struggling.

Useful Even If You Have A Dad

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Of course, boys and men in Kenny’s position find these videos useful and heartwarming, but even if you have an excellent dad or you are a dad yourself, there’s so much you can learn from Rob’s videos.

Basic Construction Advice

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You might have a great dad, but he may not know much about how to hang a shelf. That’s where Rob Kenny comes in. He can help you with all kinds of DIY projects.

All Over Social Media

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Rob doesn’t just have a YouTube channel, he’s also running a Facebook page and an Instagram account. He often shares heartwarming fan reactions to his posts in his Instagram stories.

Adoring Fans

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Rob has received tons of positive comments on his videos. One subscriber commented this on his video explaining how to check your car’s oil:

“My dad passed when I was 15. We never got to the point where these conversations happened. I really, really, from the bottom of my heart appreciate what you are doing here.”

A Touching Comment

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A subscriber by the name of Jeffrey Rieger commented this on his video titled “How to iron a dress shirt:”

“Sitting here, 41 years old, tearing up… No matter how old some of us fatherless children get, the kindness expressed by a father figure is profound. A simple lesson can be a wonderful gift of caring. Bless you, good sir, for spreading the love as you can.”

How To Shave Your Face

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On his shaving tutorial video, one subscriber commented, “A couple of years back my parents ended up divorcing, and thus, as a result, my contact with my father slowly diminished. My father, who is currently serving time inside the military, ended up being deployed elsewhere and because of this, I lost a lot of valuable moments to be taught skills that would later help me into adulthood. Content like this helps a lot of young men and because of this, I thank you not only on behalf of myself but on behalf of all the people who’ve watched your videos.”

A Heartfelt Thank-You

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Rob Kenny was very moved by the response to his YouTube channel. He never expected his videos to get the kind of attention that they did. He posted a “thank you” video to express his appreciation.

Over 1 Million Views

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His “thank you” video now has over one million views, making it the most popular video on his channel. In the video, Rob says, “I’ve been a little bit of an emotional wreck today. A little overwhelmed by all the amazing stories that you’ve shared with me.”

A Powerful Message

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Photo Credit: Dad, how do I? / YouTube

The next video that Rob put out after his “thank you” video was a video titled “I am proud of you!” In this video, Rob gets emotional about the response to his videos, addresses his subscribers directly, tells some dad jokes, and offers up some words of encouragement.

Be Good To Yourself

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Rob goes on to talk about how difficult it can be to believe in yourself when you don’t have a father figure who tells you that they believe in you. Rob goes on to encourage his subscribes to go out and do that difficult thing they’ve been putting off. He also reads Theodore Roosevelt’s “the man in the arena” speech.

A Real Success Story

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Rob has two kids of his own who are now independent and successful adults. He has directed his dad energy to the internet, and we could not be more thankful that he did. His channel now has over 1.5 million subscribers, and it’s still growing.