With the world turned upside down, it’s hard not be reactive or over-reactive. Cynicism is trending. Virtue signaling, Hollywood’s favorite extracurricular, is de rigeur. The future is tinted with rose-colored visions of the past. If nothing else, leaders stand out most clearly in times of uncertainty. What does it mean to be a cool dad in 2020? It means overpowering the currents and setting course for a future of one’s own imagining.
The men on Fatherly’s Coolest Dads list are good people and parents, but just as significantly, they are visionaries and iconoclasts. They are leaders. American kids need new kinds of heroes and American adults need new kinds of role models. These men bring the news. They are artists and activists, athletes and entrepreneurs, investors and makers. They are thinkers and doers. They don’t just post about it for the likes. They hit the streets, the bricks, the road. They move forward and pull us along with them.
The men on the list are the fathers we most admire, the men whose example will help us raise our kids. These are the guys whose posters we’d put on our bedroom wall if our partners allowed it. These are the coolest caregivers alive.