Teachable Moments

The Dad Joke

Dads are not Moms.  They are inherently different and they were intentionally created by God that way.  Now, this does not mean we don’t find any similarities. Dads care just as much about their children and want to parent well.  But, Dad-parenting does look very differently than Mom-parenting. Research gives us the following data:

  • At a playground, Dads tend to look “out” while Moms look “in”.
  • Dads push to try new things while Moms want to protect and practice what they already know.  
  • Dads take more risks and engage in more assertive physical activities;  Moms are rather risk aversive and engage in more interpersonal activities.  
  • Kids tend to behave better when Dad is at home and talk to Dad in a more reserved tone, respecting his authority and wanting their approval (even though many men feel they carry no authority and have failed in their role).  
  • Dads teach kids about humor earlier and more often than Moms.

It’s a parent’s responsibility to ‘train up a child in the way he/she should go’ (Prov. 22:6).  Dad’s tend to take this seriously when teaching kids how to take life not TOO seriously. Is this important? You bet!  Scripture advocates laughing to get through life:

  • Job 5:22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh: Neither shall you be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
  • Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
  • Ecclesiastes 3:4 (there is) a time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance

A common way fathers teach humor is through the infamous Dad Joke!  The Dad Joke has been around since…forever. And who doesn’t enjoy (or at least groan) when you hear a Dad Joke?  In honor of all our Dads out there, here’s to you! Here’s to the sacrifice, hard work and diligence in creating, finding and telling your jokes.  Our world would be a sadder place if it weren’t for you!

In honor of all those Dads who are faithful to the raising of their children in the many big and small ways, here’s a compilation of some of the best Dad jokes out there.  For this Sunday, when you standing around the grill or throwing a frisbee, take out one of these jokes and enjoy the moment!


A Mom got home from the store and found the baby crawling around with a diaper that was filled and probably weighed up to 10 pounds.  This poor child could hardly move! Mom picked up the baby and went racing around the house trying to find Dad. When she found him, she asked him why he had not changed the baby’s diaper. The Dad looked at the Mom with a surprised expression and said, “The diaper package clearly states that they are good for up to 25 pounds!

There were 2 muffins baking in the oven.  One muffin looked at the other said, “Hey – it’s pretty hot in here, don’t you think?”  The other yelled, “AAHHH!  A talking muffin!”

I just read a great book on anti-gravity!  I couldn’t put it down.

What do you call someone with no body and no nose?  Nobody knows!

Why did the invisible man turn down the job offer? He couldn’t see himself doing it.

The secret service no longer yells at the President of the United States to “Get Down”.  Instead, they yell out, “Donald, Duck!”

Have you seen the movie “Constipation”?  It’s not out yet.

Why DIDN’T the skeleton cross the road?  He didn’t have the guts for it.

5/4 of people admit that they’re bad with fractions.

Dad and Mom were going out on a date.  Mom: “How do I look?” Dad: “With your eyes.”

And in case you want to show a joke rather than tell it, text this to your children.
3 unwritten rules of life…

Dear Dads – thanks for all you do!  May the Lord richly bless you as you train up your children in the art of a good joke.

Blessings Abundant!  Elizabeth

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