Today, we’re going to celebrate all of the fun dads out there. Personally, one of my favorite memories was when my dad would buy me and my siblings sugary cereal like Cap’n Crunch and Froot Loops. He would buy it on rare occasions as long as we wouldn’t tell mom that he ate it as well.
Overall, it’s clear that tons of dads out there have their own little secrets with their kids. Fond childhood adventures with a parent are always awesome, no matter the occasion. Below are 15 different stories of people who shared a funny memory that they have with their father, who made sure they wouldn’t tell on them to their mom.
This Guy Asked Reddit For Their “Cool Dad” Stories
On ask Reddit, a user posted the question: “What’s the coolest thing your dad did where you knew what he was doing, and he said ‘never tell Mom?'”
The post has over 2,000 comments on it from different users who shared their stories, so let’s get into a few of them.
The Dad Who Loved To Eat Out
“When I was a kid, my dad regularly sabotaged our stove so that we would be ‘forced’ to go out to eat at a restaurant. We loved Pizza Inn, and my mom always nagged that we needed to ‘eat something green’. My mom knew squat about anything electrical, mechanical, etc.
“Sometimes Dad flipped the switch in the circuit box or anything else he could think of to make the stove non-functional. To this day, my mom still thinks the stove we had in the ’90s was flaky and intermittently faulty before we got a new one when I was in high school. By that time, family dinners were a no-go anyway due to everyone’s schedules, so we no longer had to deal with the tampering of the kitchen.” —Reddit
Donuts With The Suzuki Samurai
“I grew up in a fairly rural area, and when my sister and I were little, my dad would take us off-roading in snowy fields, doing donuts and the like with his Suzuki Samurai. One day, he stopped in the middle of a field and got out of the car.
“Out came a sled and some rope. He tied one end to the sled and the other end to the bumper, and with a gleam in his eye said, ‘Don’t tell Mom…’ He then proceeded to tow us around the field at fairly high speed doing big figure 8’s and circles in the powdery snow. So. Awesome.” —heynicemarmot
Sneaky Nintendo Nights With Dad
“During the Nintendo years, I had a strict early bedtime along with my younger siblings… Except on the nights when my mom worked.
“On those nights, I would be allowed to sneak past my sleeping brother and sister and go downstairs to play Nintendo with my dad until we heard the garage door opening, signaling my mom’s return home. At that point, I had to run back to bed and pretend I was sleeping. It was awesome.” —notjena
The Time He Got Pulled Over
“My dad and I were driving through Vermont. He was speeding, but nothing unreasonable. The highway was three lanes and completely empty so he was going about 75-80 mph. A cop sees him and pulls him over. My dad rolls down the window and just as the cop leans in and opens his mouth, a car BLOWS by us going at least 100 mph.
“The cop looked up at the other car, then back at my dad, then back at the other car, then back at my dad. Then he said, ‘Have a nice day.’ Walked back to his car and burned out after the other guy. My dad rolled up the window, turned to me, said ‘Never tell your Mom about this.’ Eight years later and still haven’t told her.” —Corky88
A Secret Allowance
“We used to make bank for a little while when I was about 12 years old (dad was making about 3 grand a week).
“Every paycheck he would give me a $100 bill and say those exact words, ‘Don’t tell your mother.'” —furmat60
Mix A Drunk Brother And A Speedy Drive To The Airport And You Have A Certified Disaster
“My sister was getting married, my 14-year-old brother (at the time) had drank himself stupid the night of the party; next day dad drives two hours in the wrong direction to the airport while brother throws up alllllllll over the back of the rental car.”
“Not wanting to stop, he drives 90 mph to make the flight, leaving the back seat of the rental car covered in newspaper, saying, ‘Mom doesn’t hear about this for five years.'” —sunnybrookmusic
The Dad Who Wanted To Give His Kid A Cool Guitar
“When I was about 10 my dad took me with him to buy a guitar (first time I had been to music shop) and bought this amazing and incredibly expensive Gibson Les Paul. My dad told me never to tell my mom how much it cost.
“Guilt got the better of him later on so he took it back but years later when I wanted a guitar he bought me a Gibson SG and told me, ‘This is for all the years I missed teaching you with a decent guitar. My dad is awesome. ” —squeedlyScree
The TV Was “Broken”
“About two months ago my dad decided he’d had enough of our 15-year-old big-screen TV, so before he went to bed one night he unplugged one of the cables in the back of the TV.”
“The next day my mom complained that the tv was broken and wouldn’t turn on, so my dad got his new replacement LG flat-screen later that day and they threw away the ‘broken’ one. I’ve been sworn to secrecy.” —Reddit
Playing Hookey With Dad
“Growing up my dad was active duty Air Force and he was gone a lot, so my mom, sisters, and I didn’t see him regularly. One day I was called out of my 4th-grade class because my parent was there to take me to my medical appointment.”
“Turns out dad was back in town, and he took me and my sister to the base, took us shopping, and bought me “Donkey Kong Country” for the Super Nintendo. Best school day ever.” —aapalx
Learning Handbrake Turns
“When I was 12 my dad picked me up after football practice and it had just rained. Out of curiosity, I asked my dad how to do a handbrake turn like in movies so he then took a turn to an empty parking lot and did handbrake turns in my mom’s car for five minutes.
“He told me not to tell her. I didn’t. Best childhood moment with my dad, ever.”—Reddit
Sworn To Secrecy Through A Bribe
“My dad has always had a crazy amount of steel in the backyard. Whenever he could get his hands on some cheap scrap he took it. I never really understood why he wanted all that until I started learning to weld. When we moved a few years ago my mom demanded we get rid of some of it.”
“So we took a tiny fraction of the pile to the scrap yard and got about five hundred bucks for it. My dad handed me a $100 bill and said: ‘Don’t tell your mom how much we got for that stuff or she’ll make us get rid of all of it.'” —AllCutUpOn
This Sneaky Tooth Removal
“One day my dad walked into my kitchen wielding some bloody paper towels, a pair of pliers, and a recently dislodged tooth in his hand.
“‘Don’t tell mom,’ he said. Easily the most hardcore thing he has ever done.” —Reddit
Secret Nights With Pizza And Ninja Turtles
“My mom was super against my brother and I having video games or watching awesome movies at home.
“So, whenever she was out of town to visit her mom, my dad would order pizza every night, rent us a system from Blockbuster, and let us watch Ninja Turtles way past bedtime.” —notonthelist
The Tattoo That Nearly Ended It All
“When I was 16 my dad signed for me to get a tattoo.
“When my mom eventually found out she almost divorced him, she was so pissed. Good times.” —EglsFan
The Wholesome Dad Who Wants His Wife To Feel Better
“My mom and my stepdad both have diabetes. My mom completely flips out when her blood sugar spikes a little bit.
“My stepdad will sometimes take a tablespoon of sugar to make his spike so she doesn’t feel so bad.” —AirborneAmbition