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Anyone who has grown up with an absent parent will tell you that at one point in their life they've wished the help of that parent was on hand. This could be where Rob Kenney comes in very helpful indeed - he's set up a YouTube channel offering basic advice and life lessons for kids in that very situation.
Rob, from Bellevue in Washington, has experienced these difficulties himself after his dad walked out on any parental responsibility when he was just a teenager.
In a bid to make sure no other children go through the same thing as him, Rob has set up a YouTube channel to help kids with no support to tackle what many would think are simple tasks.
On his YouTube channel, titled 'Dad, how do I?', Rob has made advice videos on subjects ranging from how to tie a tie or change a tyre, to unclogging sinks and even ironing shirts. What a LAD.
his father left when he was 12, now he has a YT channel called "Dad, how do I?" to help kids who're growing up without dads. teaching them basic tasks that you'd usually ask your dad for help on. this is the purest thing :sob: pic.twitter.com/JMKXM541xd
- Mother Moon (@earthygissel) May 19, 2020
Talking about his own childhood in an interview with Shattered, Rob explained: "By the time I got to be 10, 11, 12, you could definitely tell there was some dysfunction going on.
"We used to have even boxes in our downstairs because my mom never really unpacked. I think my mom... wanted to get back to Kansas. I think that really took a toll on her.
"He got custody of us, but he didn't really want us. I think he was kind of done by that time. He said, 'You know, I'm done having kids... You're going to have to figure out where these kids are going because otherwise I'm putting them in foster homes.'"
He and his father did eventually reconcile after his old man asked for forgiveness, at which point Rob decided his goal in life was 'to raise good adults'.
He and his wife of 29 years have had two children who now life successful lives. As Rob explained: "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."
During the recent coronavirus lockdown, Rob decided now was his chance to help others. He said: "I had lots of excuses, but while we're in quarantine, I ran out of excuses.
"I want it to be about everyday tasks, but I also would like to pass along some of the wisdom I've learned along the way to encourage people."
You can check out Rob's YouTube channel here.
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