He wants to guide the children who grew up without a parental figure to teach them the way through life.
A man who was abandoned by his father at 14 is making Youtube videos for people teaching them what a father normally guides a child through. Rob Kenney created his YouTube channel Dad, how do I? because he has experienced what it's like to not have a father around. When his parents got divorced, his mother was deemed unfit to parent because of her alcohol abuse. She used it as a coping mechanism to deal with anxiety and depression. So, Kenney's custody was given to his father. His dad got into another relationship and was ignorant towards the kids, reports Washington Post.
He would stock groceries for a week and leave them unattended. A year later, he told the kids that he would be never coming back. Kenney was the seventh of eight siblings and was just 14 at the time. He moved with his married elder brother and his adolescence was marked by rage and bewilderment. Kenney pledged he would never put his children through such an ordeal. He quickly learned that he wasn't alone and that there were many children who didn't have a father role to aid and lead them.
Kenney discussed launching a YouTube channel with his family, and they were all supportive. He created plans but started acting on them during the coronavirus pandemic. On April 2, he uploaded his first video, which was about tying a tie Kenney gradually gained a following since he was teaching valuable life skills for free while also motivating viewers. He describes his Youtube Channel by saying, "I will do my best to provide useful, practical content to many basic tasks that everyone should know how to do." His videos contain fixing things, storytimes, and a lot of dad chats.
He now was 3.95 million subscribers and millions of views on his videos. His daughter, Ponten, believes the pandemic played a key role in making his videos popular. She said, "I don’t think it would’ve gone viral in another circumstance. It is definitely pandemic-specific regarding the beginnings of it." He shoots and edits the videos, while his daughter administers his Facebook and Instagram profiles. Ponten added, "I genuinely think he was put on Earth to be a dad."
Kenney never expected to go viral with his Youtube Channel and it came as a big shock. He said while describing the experience, "It was terrifying. At first, I didn’t look at it as a great thing." Kenney understands that his channel isn't only about mending things but also about interacting with them.
His latest video titled How To Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies has already crossed more than 22,000 views. A person commented on the video, "thankyou for being there for people who aren't fortunate enough to have a father or parent figure! You deserve everything and I hope you have a good day (and life)!" He has been dubbed as the "Internet Dad" by many of his viewers.
He has recently started a podcast that he is hosting along with his nephew, Travis Kenney. He will share more information about his personal life and answer questions from listeners.
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