How this handy dad became the “Internet’s Dad” with his how-to fix-it videos.
When Robert Kenney started his fix-it YouTube channel, “Dad, How Do I?” on April 1, he wanted to make fatherly how-to videos just for his own children.
The last thing Kenney, 55, expected was to become an internet sensation, gaining nearly 2 million subscribers, or new “kids,” in just a few short weeks.
“I just inherited 1.6 million kids, as of this morning,” said Kenney of Washington state. The number has since grown to 1.97M. “I had no idea (‘Dad, How Do I?’) would take off like it has.”
Inspired by all the “adulting” questions he received from his daughter, Kristine, 28, Kenney started making videos to share with his kids and, hopefully, his grandkids one day, he said.
“My daughter and I talk all the time about adulting and about how to do stuff and so I had mentioned it to her, and she said, ‘Dad, that would be brilliant,'” he recalled.
Kenney started with rites of passage that his adult kids, Kristine and Kyle, 25, or grandkids, might need, like how to shave your face and how to tie a tie, and then tackled common home improvement woes like how to unclog a sink, how to fix a running toilet and more.
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This Man Grew up Without a Father So He Started a YouTube Channel With Practical
Many of us have our dads to thank for knowing how to do little household tasks — changing lightbulbs, mowing the lawn, setting up a tent, changing a tire.
But not everyone is so lucky. Meet Rob Kenney, who grew up without a father. That meant he missed out on learning those little everyday things. Well, to make sure that doesn’t happen to any other children, Kenney launched the “Dad, How Do I?” YouTube channel to share practical dad advice on everything from fixing a running toilet to ironing a dress shirt.’
Kenney now has two adult children of his own and said he just wanted to raise them right.
“My goal in my life was to raise good adults,” he said. “I never wanted to be wealthy. I never wanted to be necessarily successful. My goal in life was to raise good adults — not good children but good adults — because I had a fractured childhood.”
People love this idea and say that Kenney’s mission is incredibly thoughtful and heartwarming.
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