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The Backstory To Those ‘Dad, How Do I?’ YouTube Vids Will Make You Cry

You’re gonna need tissues.

In probably the most wholesome thing you’ll see all day, the Internet has just stumbled upon a YouTube channel called ‘Dad, how do I?’ and we’re all basically crying.

This channel follows an Internet dad who does his “best to provide useful, practical content to many basic tasks that everyone should know how to do.” But, the backstory will make you bawl your eyes out. 

This DIY YouTube channel is run by a man named Rob who was abandoned by his own father many years ago. In an interview with Stranded Magazine, Rob talks about how his own father left him and his 7 siblings because he didn’t “want them anymore”. As a result, his adolescence was rocky. His mother turned to alcohol and he became the responsibility of his older brother. Subsequently, he wanted a life for his children that was completely different. 

Honestly, us right now.

In the same interview, Rob said “My goal in my life was to raise good adults… I never wanted to be wealthy. I never wanted to be necessarily successful. My goal in life was to raise good adults — not good children but good adults — because I had a fractured childhood.” And, after raising two children who have grown up with excellent life-skills and who garnered multiple accreditations to their names, he’s spreading his mantra with the rest of the world. 

‘Dad, How Do I?’ is the YouTube channel that Rob started during COVID-19 quarantine because he finally had the time to do so.

Speaking of quarantine projects, we spoke about how to stay creative during the pandemic on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

He uploads videos weekly giving advice to those who don’t have access to fatherly advice. The lengthy videos are rooted in house-work skills like, “How to fix most running toilets” and “How to unclog a bathtub drain”, to name a few.

Just recently these videos have gone viral on Twitter with multiple posts talking about Rob garnering a positive reaction. As a result, his success on YouTube has skyrocketed.

The Internet dad now has over a million subscribers and we have to say, he deserves every, single one of them. Keep spreading the love, Rob. It’s exactly what we need at a time like this. For a thank you from the man himself, check out this video here.

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What Your Video Call Background Really Says About You

Prepare to feel very seen.

What background are you using for your video call?

Now that we’re weeks into COVID-19 quarantine, most of us have got an established working-from-home routine going on. From squeezing in a few daily walks to cooking our own lunches, our day-to-day lives have changed dramatically. Another element of our day-to-day lives is Zoom meetings. 

Speaking of isolation habits, we spoke about baking on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Whether it be for a weekly catch up for a monthly WIP meeting, most of us are hopping on some sort of video call and are talking to our colleges semi-regularly. And as a result, we’ve picked up a bit of a technological routine.

With that in mind, we have to ask, what background are you choosing? With limitless options (depending on which app you’re using), what you’ve selected for your video-call background says a lot about you. Let’s break it down.

A Blurred Background

If you’ve opted to blur your background, which is something available on Microsoft Teams (among other apps), what on earth have you got to hide? A blurred background is just as bad as having a dead body on your screen. In fact, it’s worse because at least with a dead body, we can see what we’re dealing with. A blurred background? What are you hiding? We have to know.

A Plain While Wall

Conan O’Brien has opted for a plain white wall, and we’re suss as hell. (Credit: YouTube)

If you’ve opted for a plain white wall, we’re a little suss on you. The fact that you’ve gone to the effort to try and make your canvas as blank as possible makes us wonder what your home is like? Are we going to be surprised with your home furniture based on the personality you show at work? Perhaps. You’re not as shady as a blurred background, but you are getting there…

A Bookshelf

Okay, we get it, you’re smart. Upon first glance, you look like a scholar, which is awesome if you’re gunning for a raise at work. Having said that, make sure those books are actually good reads. We don’t want the day for front-facing cameras to go up in quality and for us to discover that all those books are The Twilight Saga or 50 Shades of Grey. No shade to them, but those are not CEO-reads.

A Messy Room With Good Lighting

Demi Lovato opted for a spot with good lighting in the Sonny With A Chance zoom. Queen.

Okay, we love where your priorities are at. This one goes out to all the people who don’t care what their background is but have opted for the best lighting possible. The placement of the sun determines where the laptop is propped up. We salute you.

A Screenshot Of Yourself

You’re a little prankster, aren’t you? You love to get a little meta and you love the idea of leaving the meeting without anyone realising. Just be careful you… It’s only a matter of time before your boss realises that’s not actually you on screen, but in fact, a screenshot.

We hope that you remember all of this the next time you select the background for a video call with your boss.

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This ‘Throwback’ Pic Of An Influencer Dating Her Step Son Has Gone Viral

In the worst possible way.

Welp. If 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, we’ve got some influencer news (that involves a woman dating her step-son) that’ll leave you shook.

Speaking of influlencers and their platforms, we spoke about TikTok on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

When influencers aren’t complaining that they can’t travel during the COVID-19 pandemic or making uncleanable messes, they’re finding a way to make content pop up onto our timelines. This story involves a 35-year-old Russian, her step-son and an incredibly disturbing throwback photo. 

Meet Marina Balmasheva. Just a few days ago, she shared a photo of herself with her stepson 13 years ago, when he was just seven years old and she was 22. Yep, gotta love a Vlada-mere 15 year age gap. Now, while throwback photos are usually cute and fun, this photo evokes no such emotion, as this influencer is now dating her stepson. 

Marina Balmasheva was married to her ex-husband Alexey who is 45-years-old before their relationship ended in divorce. After being married for 10 years, the two split with Marina eventually moving on with his son, Vladimir.

Marina Balmasheva posted the photo in the hopes to win social media support for their relationship, but it backfired. Many of Marina’s 420,000 followers were wondering if the photo was actually a “prank”. 

“You never know how life will turn out and when you will meet a person who makes you smile, I know that some will judge us, others will support us, but we are happy and wish you to be as well.” Marina captioned the photo.

But the comment section wasn’t as kind as Marina was. One user said, “What shocks me most is that this boy grew up before her very eyes” and another asked “This is a prank right? You are teasing?”

Welp, we don’t know what to think at this point. If you’re curious about what Marina Balmasheva is up to now, she is very much in love with Vladimir and the two of them are raising three of his five siblings – the other one of his siblings living with his father. According to local reports, Marina Balmasheva wants to have children with Vladimir and the two of them are planning their wedding. 

Maybe it’s all this Russian talk, but we need some vodka. Please influencers, don’t go dating your step sons. It’s too much.

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