A man whose father ran away from him when he was a teenager started a YouTube series to teach children who need guidance on household chores that are not taught in school.
Rob Kenney, a father of two grown children, launched his aptly titled channel, Dad, how am I supposed to?, start April with a tutorial on how to tie a tie that has been viewed over 240,000 times.
Over the past month and a half, his heartwarming tutorial videos have turned him into an online star with over 1.4 million subscribers.
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Give back: Rob Kenney, father of two adult children, has started a YouTube series to teach children in need of guidance household chores
Start it all up: He launched his aptly titled channel in early April, Dad, How Do I ?, with a tutorial on how to tie a tie
Kenney’s desire to give back was inspired by his own tumultuous childhood in Bellevue, Washington, where he grew up as one of eight children. He was left with his father after the deterioration of his parents’ marriage, but it did not last long.
“He got custody of us, but he didn’t really want us,” he said Shattered magazine last month. “I think he was a little ready by then.”
Kenney was 14 when he moved to his 23-year-old brother’s mobile home after his father announced that he no longer wanted children.
After raising two children who had turned into well-adjusted adults, the father realized he had more insight to give, especially to those who grow up in fragile homes like his.
Kenney told the magazine that he had always wanted to make a series of instructional videos about useful tasks such as shaving and ironing a shirt, but never found time – until the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Tools of the trade: So far, he has taken over shaving your face, hanging a plank, and unclogging a bathtub drain
Broken house: Kenney knows what it’s like not to have a father around. He was abandoned by his father and had to move in with his 23-year-old brother when he was 14
Getting it Done: Dad said he always knew he wanted to shoot a series of instructional videos, but he had to be quarantined amid the coronavirus pandemic before starting
“I had a lot of excuses, but while we were quarantined I had no more excuses,” he admitted. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while.”
Describing his channel, he wrote that he will do his best to provide useful, practical content to many basic tasks that everyone should know. ‘
So far, among his other tutorials, he’s taken over shaving your face, hanging a shelf, and unclogging a tub drain.
In one of his most popular videos, he shows how to fix most running toilets. The lesson is a perfect mix of dads and valuable instructions.
“My father died in early to mid-2009, I never had a relationship with him. I was raised by my mother alone. This channel comes home in a completely different way … it’s a miracle, ‘wrote one fan.
Going Viral: Over the past month and a half, his heartwarming how-to’s turned him into an online star with over 1.4 million subscribers
Amazing: In one of his most popular videos, he shows how to fix most running toilets. The lesson is a perfect mix of dads and valuable instructions
“Every time I want to do a house project, I catch myself saying my dad was here. He was good at everything and I don’t have anyone to teach me. So this channel is really great, ”someone else commented.
Earlier this week, Kenney posted a heartfelt thank you video to show his gratitude to his ‘great’ supporters.
Although he has noticed that some people call him the “perfect” father, he said that he is really just “an internet father.”
“Please understand that I have not always done everything right with my children,” he said before giving some parenting advice to the adults watching.
“If I fail, if you fail as a father; it is part of the human experience. You are not always going to do things right, so I think it is very important to ask forgiveness and not pretend you have it all figured out. Because sooner or later your kids will find out that you don’t find out when they grow up, right?
“They don’t stay small for long; the window you have them is so short. ‘