A father’s role is to inspire and protect his children, to be a role model and to offer them valuable lessons so they can grow and flourish as adults.
Iny3vr Not every father gets this right the first time. Mistakes are made. The children grow up to be less than you’d hoped or, in some cases, genuinely horrible people. As a father you have the opportunity to step in and right those wrongs, correcting the errors of your progeny and offering your hard earned wisdom in a late but good-intentioned show of support.
Or you can just let them learn the hard way, encourage their misadventures, and occasionally pimp the out for “no rules” sexual favors. And so I salute Frank Reynolds, from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the dad who treats parenting the same way you might treat a trip to the carnival—as a base, tedious, and sporadically thrilling experience that by the end makes you smell like you work there.
You can learn a lot from Frank. If his child does something bad he’s not afraid to waterboard them to get a confession. Many of his “teaching moments” come from stories in his life, which also bear a striking resemblance to stories in John Rambo’s life. And when his roommate–who may or may not be his son who survived an abortion after a one-night stand–fakes his death, he wears his grief on his sleeve, carrying a plastic likeness of him through the streets.
Sure, I may not agree with all Frank’s methods. I probably wouldn’t set my daughter on fire. If someone finds a baby in a dumpster I probably wouldn’t say, “Put it back. It’s not yours.” And I definitely wouldn’t poop in bed. He’s selfish, crude, and lecherous. But give the guy credit…he genuinely has his kids best interests in mind.