How Many Different Types Of Dads Are There?

It would be impossible to answer that question. There are thousands of different types of dads in the world.

Stay at home dads or dads you meet at daycare? Not so many.

Needing time off work for maternity leave or quitting your job altogether to be a stay at home parent is a decision every family with kids must make for themselves.

The stereotype of an apron-wearing, vacuuming while baking cookies wife and a working husband still stands as an ideal picture of a marriage. Yes, even in this day and age.

Times are changing and the number of stay-at-home fathers in the past decade has increased as more wives take on the role of the “breadwinner”.

Stay at home dads suffer judgement they can’t do all the things moms do.

Dads certainly do things differently from moms. Kids tend not to care either way. They adapt quicker than we do.

Having a toddler and finding the best place for daycare has opened my eyes to the interesting types of dad you see at daycare.

Whether they are dropping their kids off or are stay at home dads, here are 5 different types of dads I have come across so far.

1. The Helicopter Dad

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Gotta love these types of dads.  They really mean well. When you see this dad, he is hovering over his child. His child cannot move more than 2 meters away from him before he panics.

He is constantly checking to see if the diaper is dirty, calling and texting his wife multiple times to “check-in”.

Cleans his child’s hand because the child touched the hair of another kid who just arrived. Then makes sure his child’s head is free from lice – just in case.

He is scared to leave out of fear he has missed something. This dad has a type-A personality.

Takes his job seriously. Very seriously. Too seriously?

He doesn’t want any mistakes on his watch.

2. The Braggadocious Dad

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He is a nice guy and we love these types of dads because they are so proud of their kids.

However, he becomes annoying because puts way too much emphasis on baby’s milestones.

Yes, we get it. We are parents too but do you need to announce at daycare that your child can poop at the same time every single day?

Or post to Facebook how your wonderful toddler is so well-mannered?

This type of dad brags way too much and needs to cool it.

Did I mention that his toddler can spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious backwards?

We all love showing off our kids and expressing our joy when they reach milestones.

Hey dad? Let’s stick to one milestone a day – if even that.


3. The All-Work-No-Play Dad

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Oh! You won’t get a smile out of these types of dads. They are strictly business.

Arrive at daycare at 08:00. Take off their kid’s shoes and jackets.

Let their child know they will be picked up by mom or grandma at 14:00.

Says goodbye and is out the door at 08:01.

Loosen up Dad! Prioritize your time. The meeting you are running off to can wait.

Spare five minutes of your time. You baby won’t be young forever and neither will you.


4. The Accident-Prone Dad

types of dads you see at daycare

For me, these types of dads are the funniest and most interesting.

They try the hardest but somehow cannot help but continuously get into accidents.

This dad arrives at daycare with both he and the baby are looking frazzled. They look like they left the house in a rush. Hair not brushed, baby’s pants are on backwards, dad’s pants zipper is undone and he forgot the diapers…..again.

I know a dad like this – so what don’t know is that he woke up an hour earlier just to get himself and the baby ready.

He sets the baby down who goes off running; shrieking delightedly to play with other kids.

Dad watches happily until he notices that the baby doesn’t have any shoes on. And yup – it’s snowing outside.

Sometimes you’ve got to wonder who’s taking care of whom. Just let mom know the baby is safe and sound. Don’t go into too much detail.

This dad still gets a serious A for effort.


5. The Gets-Along-With-Everyone Dad

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Ah, and finally the down to earth dad who gets along with everyone.

He chats with the moms, the dads, the kids. He’s gentle, he’s kind and funny.

Hangs out a little to see what’s new and how everyone is doing.

These types of dads ask a lot of questions because they are genuinely interested and always offers a helping hand.

His kids never doubts how much this dad loves him or her because he not only says so but shows it too.

Plus he gives his child lots of kisses before he leaves.

If he wasn’t married, the single mommies would be lining up to date him.


No matter which types of dads you see at daycare, and there are many more types, one thing is certain – dads struggle with the same things as moms do.

Dads feel the same loss of identity, discontent, self-doubt and insecurity that moms feel.

Stay at home dads can cook, clean, go grocery shopping, do housework, mow the lawn, fix things, and take care of the baby without breaking them or burning the house down! (Don’t gasp in shock – it’s true!)

Being a stay-at-home dad is not for every family.

When a man decides to be one, he deserves the same credit and appreciation moms get.

Mom or dad – I say, if it’s your kid, it’s not babysitting. It’s parenting. Doesn’t matter who is staying home to do it.

So, what’s best for your family? Do you know any stay-at-home dads? What do you think of them?

Are you old-fashioned and think only moms should stay home?

Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.

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Types of dads you see at daycare are numerous. I have repeatedly noticed 5 interesting types of dads that I see. #4 is my favorite!

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58 thoughts on “5 Interesting Types Of Dads You See At Daycare

  1. My Ex is def the a combo of 1 and 3. and my brother is 5 and I kind of hope my husband is too. I was really into reading this. looking forward to all the other stuff on here.

    Posted on January 20, 2017 at 07:48
    1. Thank you for your comment and feedback Kristina! I think number 5 is great as they are usually the easy-going and open types. Looking forward to seeing you on here more. Have a great weekend. Sheri

      Posted on January 20, 2017 at 08:27
  2. So my dad was a mixture of: Gets-Along-With-Everyone, Accident-prone, and braggadocious. It was definitely the best because he was my best friend.

    Posted on January 4, 2017 at 01:11
  3. Loved reading this post! Can’t believe that there are different kinds of dads and their is terminologies for everyone!

    Posted on January 3, 2017 at 07:03
  4. The last two kinds of dads sound fun… LOL

    Posted on January 3, 2017 at 05:39
  5. Such an interesting post, I enjoyed reading this and I bet my dad and my hubby would love this idea.

    Posted on January 2, 2017 at 05:05
  6. I found this so funny to read! I’m not sure which I’d class my dad in, but I can notice traits in some of my friends with kids.

    Posted on December 30, 2016 at 22:15
  7. Not really sure which dad I am on this list. However I appreciate the article. I’m a traditional man and don’t believe in the stay at home dad role. To each their own. I don’t under appreciate it( it being extremely difficult task) just not for me.

    Posted on December 30, 2016 at 04:22
    1. Hi Lucas! I understand your position completely. You are right, it is not for everyone and I think it is great that you are doing what is working for your family.

      Posted on December 30, 2016 at 14:23
  8. This tickled me so much to read. Working with different families at my day job I see it all. Especially that father “who gets along with everyone” . I find that they are actually more attractive/physically fit which I think helps in that factor. I also have the dad who is “oblivious” to everything the child is doing…he means well, lol.

    Posted on December 29, 2016 at 23:29
  9. Whew! My husband is a get a long with everyone kind of dad. I don’t know how things would go with that type-a stuff, lol because I’m completely opposite. I would have to say I’m a blend of all of these parenting styles with a heavy emphasis of, “they living, ain’t they?”

    Posted on December 29, 2016 at 22:35
  10. My husband was definitely the get along with everyone dad. The teachers loved to see him come in.

    Posted on December 29, 2016 at 21:36
  11. Very funny and witty post. Yes its true there are lots of different types of dads with individual parenting skills just like mums. As long as there is love and kindness then all is good.

    Posted on December 29, 2016 at 20:37
  12. Really fun read. I’m surprised that many dads are stay at home these days. They don’t mind it at all. lol My brother in law is a combo of 4 and 5.

    Posted on December 29, 2016 at 16:57
  13. Such a cute read. I think my husband is a mix between the bragging dad and dad who gets along with everyone. And thank you for pointing out that it’s not called babysitting when it’s your child. I hate when people say otherwise.

    Posted on December 29, 2016 at 11:46
  14. Ha! I love this post. Mine was a combination of 4-5. 4 now that we are both back to work. 5 when he wasn’t working! I can’t wait to show him and ask him which one he is.

    Posted on December 29, 2016 at 04:11
    1. Hi Zuqueta, I am curious to know what type he considers himself to be. 🙂

      Posted on December 29, 2016 at 15:46
  15. My old man is the get along with everyone dad. The neighbors. The other parents everyone. Meanwhile I be in the house. Lol

    Posted on December 29, 2016 at 03:53
    1. Hahahahahaha Kenya! Sounds like me. I will wait and chit chat with him and the others for a bit then just check out. LOL

      Posted on December 29, 2016 at 15:45
  16. I personally don’t know many stay at home moms. However, I believe the family should do whatever works best for them. I’ve seen a trend over the last couple of years of more dads staying home.

    Posted on December 29, 2016 at 03:46
    1. Oh! That’s interesting that you don’t know many stay at home moms. I guess many families need to have both parents working, or if the moms are single then they need to go to work. I think SAHM are more common here in Europe where you have paid maternity or paid paternity leave. 🙂

      Posted on December 29, 2016 at 15:44
  17. I believe in doing what works best for your home. For us we both leave home in the morning and work a 9 to 5. I don’t judge those that do. As much as I love my kids, I couldn’t deal with being home with them every single day all day long.

    Posted on December 29, 2016 at 03:13
    1. I understand you Mimi and I don;t think it is bad or negative to feel that way. It doesn’t mean you love your kids less. You are still a person and an individual and if that is what works for oyur family then that is what is best. 🙂

      Posted on December 29, 2016 at 15:50
  18. I think My man would be a helicopter dad Didn’t know there was some labels for them !

    Posted on December 29, 2016 at 02:17
    1. Well, I wouldn’t exactly call them “labels”. I dont want to label anyone into a certain category, I just needed those terms in order to describe what I meant.

      Posted on December 29, 2016 at 15:49
  19. Love this…my husband is definitely #5…since I am now working and he takes our daughter to therapy he comes home with stories about all the families. Im always sitting there listening like did you conduct interviews…how do you know all of this. But he will make friends with ANY and EVERYONE!!!

    Posted on December 29, 2016 at 00:35
  20. I like it when a dad helps and gives a mom a break when taking care of the kids. Love this post.

    Posted on December 28, 2016 at 20:44
    1. Thanks Garf! I love it when I see dads helping moms or doing it by themselves. Really warms my heart and I think both sides deserve the same credit.

      Posted on December 28, 2016 at 21:53
  21. Ha! I’ve seen some of these types of parents at my kids’ daycare. I definitely think dads can be stay-at-home parents just as much as moms. Some of us are just not built for that though.

    Posted on December 28, 2016 at 20:15
    1. LOL. I can imagine. I think it is great that dads are getting on board to do their best and not all dads are made to do so, just like not all moms are made to either. Thanks for stopping by.

      Posted on December 28, 2016 at 21:52
  22. Interesting post I actually work in ECE and have to admit, I haven’t seen these types of dads myself. I guess all dads are unique people and love their children in different ways

    Posted on December 28, 2016 at 20:02
    1. Hi Marleen, they are out there trust me. LOL. May I ask, what is ECE?

      Posted on December 28, 2016 at 21:51
  23. I know all of these types of dads, I like it when a Dad actively helps out and gives poor mama a break!

    Posted on December 28, 2016 at 16:12
  24. I’ve not met a stay at home dad yet but I think there needs to be more of them, it’s great for dads to play a more prominent part in their kids lives =^.^=

    Posted on December 28, 2016 at 14:36
  25. WHat an amazing post! These types of dads put a smile on my face. It really made me laugh

    Posted on December 28, 2016 at 10:48
  26. There’s so many different types of parents in the world 🙂 loved this post, so informative haha 🙂

    Posted on December 28, 2016 at 10:35
  27. Haha very funny to read, I am way to young to think about daycare but I totally feel this list!

    X, Alex

    Posted on December 28, 2016 at 10:12
    1. Hi Lex! if or when you do become a dad, we’ll see just where you fit in to here 🙂

      Posted on December 28, 2016 at 21:53
  28. This is a good list! My dad is the best dad ever and I think he has something of all categories.

    Posted on December 28, 2016 at 07:44
  29. Being a mom of two I am very much aware that my husband does things differently as a dad and they are so much fun always. The Helicopter Dads are awesome & my husband is one of those for sure.

    Posted on December 28, 2016 at 05:38
    1. Hi Lisa! Helicopter dads are great because some of them don’t overdo it. They are doting dads and we love to see that connection with kids.

      Posted on December 28, 2016 at 21:54
  30. CUTE! My husband is the get along with everyone dad. We both work from home so we share drop-off responsibilities!

    Posted on December 28, 2016 at 04:55
    1. My hubby is exactly the same. Gets along with everyone plus the kids. I like well and all-rounded dads. They are the best.

      Posted on December 28, 2016 at 21:55
  31. Well said. I think that, recently, the stay-at- home dad is more common category.

    Posted on December 27, 2016 at 23:37
  32. My husband doesn’t quite fit into any of the categories but he is literally the best dad ever. He would be a great stay at home dad.

    Posted on December 27, 2016 at 13:10
  33. No matter what type of dad, they all play the same importance in our lives. We love them!!!

    Posted on December 27, 2016 at 01:34
  34. I don’t think I know a single stay-at-home dad! I wish I did. I feel like it’s time to see some changes in our society 🙂

    Posted on December 26, 2016 at 22:49
    1. Hi Divya – I am seeing many of these changes, at least over here in Europe there are lots of stay at home dads because paternity leave is offered in most EU countries.

      Posted on December 26, 2016 at 22:56
  35. I’d get along with the accident prone dad since I am as well!

    My dad actually stayed at home with me so I don’t believe only moms should be at home. My dad did it all and he was fantastic at it.

    Posted on December 26, 2016 at 22:29
    1. Hi Amber! I am so glad you got to spend those valuable years with your dad! Happy holidays to you and your family. 🙂

      Posted on December 26, 2016 at 22:58
  36. Oh dads. Mine is a sarcastic, cynical man of few words. However he’s always there for you when you need it. This is a good list, though. Covers the range.

    Posted on December 26, 2016 at 20:14
    1. LOL. Hahahahaha. I am glad he is there for you when you need him. 🙂

      Posted on December 26, 2016 at 22:59
  37. Dads do so much, they just do it differently. We’ve made the difficult decision this year for me to stay home and parent our two littles why hubby goes to work. Quite a different dynamic for everyone. I love this dad-centric-post!

    Posted on December 26, 2016 at 15:39
    1. Thanks Meg! I think SAHD should also get the same credit as SAHM. It is so difficult when both work and if one can stay home, and it has to be the dad, then I say “why not?’

      Posted on December 26, 2016 at 15:46
  38. Our family takes a Biblical road when it comes to family. My husbands role is to provide for our family and mine is to care for our family. That’s work out well for us in the 16 years we’ve been married and rising our family.

    Posted on December 26, 2016 at 15:38
    1. Hi Saidah! I think that is great. I say, whatever works best for your family is what you should do. I like that there is a choice and everyone is free to make the one that works out best for them. 🙂

      Posted on December 26, 2016 at 15:48
  39. A good read again Lady! I’ve experienced some of the types and I do agree with you. Do what is best for your family. Whoever stays home should be doing the best job for their family. That’s parenting.
    Thanks again for you article.

    Posted on December 26, 2016 at 13:22
    1. Thank you Joleisa! Yes parenting is about doing what is best for your child and raising them in the right way. Teaching them while caring for them. Does not matter which parent is doing it for the most part of the day. 🙂

      Posted on December 26, 2016 at 15:49