This is both a story that will warm your heart and pull at it at the same time.
Rob Kenney is the creator of the popular YouTube channel "Dad, How do I?"
Throughout the series, Kenney shares what he calls practical "Dadvice" for everyday tasks. Think videos teaching people how to tie a tie, shave, pump gas, go fishing – you name it.
"I am grateful that I do have the opportunity to be able to download some information from my own head (a lot of which was learned the hard way), that will be beneficial to the next generation," said Kenney.
Kenney launched the channel in 2020, "I thought of it several years prior, but I had a lot of time on my hands when we were all couped up because of Covid," said Kenney.
And along the way, he became what you might call an "Internet Dad" to many.
"If you spend any time on my channel reading the comments, it’s a little heartbreaking," said Kenney. "I feel blessed to be given this platform, but the flip side is it makes me sad that it is so needed."
Kenney moved to the PNW when he was just two years old, "I am the 7th of 8 children. Our family split up when I was 14, so I went to live with my older brother Rick and his wife Karen."
Kenney has two grown children of his own and being a dad means everything to him, "My daughter Kristine is 30 and my son Kyle is 27. My daughter Kristine encouraged me to start the channel, and she helped me for the first 2 years."
"I have always loved being a dad. When my dad left, I made a promise to myself that I would never do that to my own kids."
"I loved watching them grow up and did my best to always make time for them because the window that they were in my home was so short. I still enjoy spending time with both of them, and we still speak several times a week," Kenney tells us.
Since launching the series, Kenney has been getting endless support, "I have been very fortunate to be able to do a lot of things that are out of my comfort zone, but so thankful for the opportunities."
He shares that he even wrote a book, "I just spoke with a talent agency that wants to work with me. If I do that, it will open up even more venues for me. I think my subscribers/followers enjoy living vicariously through me on the adventure that I am on."
Check out the YouTube channel here.
Kate Neidigh is a freelance lifestyle writer for Seattle Refined. See more of her work on Instagram here.