Basic moms are everywhere, so we see them and talk about them constantly. Basic dads, however, have been successfully flying under the radar for some time. Sure, some typical dad characteristics defy age and decade, but there are definitely some signs you're truly a basic dad by today's standards. After all, dads no longer come home, throw their feet up on the coffee table, and request that a beer be handed to them immediately. No, in today's world dads are finally encouraged to be just as involved in their kids' lives as mom. Well, almost as much.
The man I share my house, children, and life with definitely has a few basic characteristics. He loves his Netflix and chill, for example. I also know quite a few full-blown basic dads, so I believe I'm qualified to discuss the topic at hand. So that dude with the sensible shoes, wearing clothes with company logos and only purchasing "necessary" items? Yeah, that's a basic dad. The father that can't stop making ridiculous jokes, and unapologetically loves cargo shorts? Also a basic dad.
So while basic moms are getting all the attention (and the criticism) these days, I think it's time to give the basic dads of the world some love. From failing to finish another DIY project, to being a die-hard fan of a probably horrible sports team, you just have to appreciate the basic dad that, if nothing else, is an engaged parent and loving member of the family.