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Father of two Rob Kenney didn’t have an easy childhood. Growing up in Bellevue, WA, in the 1970s, Rob learned that his father was walking out on his parental responsibilities when he was just a teenager.
“He got custody of us, but he didn’t really want us,” Rob said in a recent interview with Shattered. “I think he was kind of done by that time.” One afternoon, the situation came to a head when his dad told him he didn’t want anything to do with him or his siblings anymore. “He said, ‘You know, I’m done having kids,'” Rob explained. “‘You’re going to have to figure out where these kids are going because otherwise I’m putting them in foster homes.'”
“He got custody of us, but he didn’t really want us.”
Once he became a dad, Rob knew he needed to get creative when it came to helping those children growing up without a parent. Because of his experience, over the last month, he’s been giving back to the community through his YouTube channel, “Dad, how do I?,” which provides kids and teens with “useful, practical content to many basic tasks that everyone should know how to do.”
Whether teens are eager to learn how to tie a tie for their first big job interview or need to check the oil in their cars, Rob has ’em covered. In case you’re wondering what you’re in for, one of Rob’s subscribers put it perfectly: “You are the Mr. Rogers for adults that we didn’t even know we needed. Thank you!” Ahead, find a mix of helpful videos from Rob’s YouTube channel designed for kids who need a little extra support.
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