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by Gina Valley

I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the detail oriented scientist in me has observed that dads and moms have some differences.

Perhaps you’ve noticed.

For example, around our house, mom (me!) includes something green with every meal she prepares, even if it’s just chocolate kisses in green foil wrappers.

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Dad (The Professor), on the other hand, includes cheese with every meal he prepares.  He never includes green, even on St. Patrick’s Day.  He’s a meatetarian, so he doesn’t want to chance ingesting a plant part.

Mom insists the pack is dressed appropriately, in outfits that are at least close to matching, and are unmistakably clean.  Dad is happy with pack attire as long as there aren’t any parts hanging out that shouldn’t be.

In our house mom (me!) tends to be very direct and to the point, i.e. “No, you may not wear that.  You look like a hooker.”  Dad tends to be a bit more tangential, i.e. “Did your mom see that outfit? Are you going to a costume party? I thought you had school today.”

I guess everyone’s parents have their own way of communicating.  I know mine do.  My mom bakes a different cake for us every single day while we visit.  She’s taught my kids to sew and to garden.  She tells me how beautiful I am, even when I look like something the cat dragged in, thought better of it, and dragged back out again.

My dad takes a different approach to communicating.

Join me over at DadsRT to decipher my dad’s Dadspeak in my post How My Dad Says “I Love You!”.

Come on.  Click that link.  You know you want to.  Go for it!  You want to know how this bad boy turns out.

I’ll meet you over at How My Dad Says “I Love You!”.   As always, the extra click counts as cardio.

Laugh Out Loud!


How does/did your dad tell you that he loves you?  How do you tell other people you care about them?  Are the male cooks in your life cheese dependent?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Be sure to click over to DadsRT to read my How My Dad Says “I Love You!” post.  And, please, let me know how you like it.  Thank you for all of your support!

4 Responses
  • Kathy Radigan
    June 17, 2013

    I love this post!! We have the same attire miscommunication at our house. Actually as long as my kid have something on them my husband is cool with that, I on the other hand think a summer dress in the winter is not a great idea!! Lol! Thanks for the laugh!

    • gina valley
      September 28, 2013

      I’m so glad you liked it, Kathy! I’m always happy to get to share a giggle with you.

      It’s so funny how moms and dads view wardrobe supervision through such different glasses! Your husband sounds a lot like mine in that department. “They aren’t naked,” counts as a win for my hub. I’m a bit pickier than that, too.

  • Lisa Ladrido
    June 19, 2013

    So true and so funny! I almost spit out my coffee when I read, “You look like a hooker”. My mom said those words at least once in her life to us! I have all boys, but some of their girlfriends should have heard those words!

    • gina valley
      September 28, 2013

      I always consider it a successful post if I can get someone to spit something out! ;o) I’m so glad you liked it.

      I’ve noticed some “interesting” outfits on my older son’s female friends, too. I’m glad none of the ladies he has dated, thus far, have gone with the “hooker vibe.” :o)