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This guy’s dad walked out on him age 14… now he makes videos to help kids from broken homes learn life skills

Rob Kenney's videos include learning how to shave, how to check car oil, and how to iron a shirt.

A man whose father abandoned him has made it his life’s mission to help other kids by creating a YouTube channel of common tasks you might ask your dad for help with.

US native Rob Kenney now hopes to leave a legacy online, in particular for those who struggle with a broken family or absent parent.

His heartwarming tutorials cover topics such as how to shave, how to tie a tie, how to check car oil, how to check tyre pressure, and how to iron a shirt.

Speaking about his channel, Rob said: “I want it to be about everyday tasks, but I also would like to pass along some of the wisdom I’ve learned along the way.

“I thought I was just going to be showing people how to do stuff, but it’s kind of resonating on a whole different level.”

Rob, now a father himself, told Shattered magazine: “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.”

Rob, from Washington, was just 14 when his dad left before his 23-year-old brother took him in after their mother turned to alcohol to cope with the stress of her marriage.

His channel has now gained huge popularity across the globe after a member of the public posted about Rob on Facebook.

Writing on his profile, Chris Hart wrote: “This YouTuber’s dad walked out on his family.

“Now that he’s a father of his own, two adult children, he’s created a YouTube channel called ‘Dad, how do I?’ where he posts videos of common tasks you might ask your dad for help with, so that children without fathers can use his videos as a resource.

“I don’t know this man, but he got an instant subscribe from me.

“What an amazing, selfless thing to do for someone else. It’s stories like these that give me hope for humanity.”

When Chris posted, he shared a screenshot of the channel’s homepage where it states Rob had 41.7k subscribers.

However, after his post snowballed, Chris was forced to add an update as Rob’s channel went on to amass 1.57m subscribers at the time of publication.

Chris added: “VIRAL EDIT: Wow this blew up, thanks for all the shares!

“I’ve emailed him [Rob] directly in hopes that he sees this post and can utilise this momentum to keep expanding his platform.

“From the time I posted this, he’s already doubled his subscribers on YouTube and I couldn’t be more happy for him.”

For more info, click here: Dad, How Do I?

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