I know that sounds awfully silly, but let me make a case. A parent is a noun – and a verb – to parent (source). I am a parent, and when I parent, I am actively caring for my children.
So if a parent equals the people who raise their kids, then those people: Mom and Dad, or any other combination, are in fact Mom-ing and Dad-ing – since that is essentially the act of parenting.
My point here is that being a parent is more than the Miriam Webster definition of “one that begets offspring.” It’s the act of Mothering, and Fathering – or as I like to say “mom-ing” and “Dad-ing”
So clearly you are convinced that parenting is a verb, and therefore to “Dad” is a viable statement.
Let’s test this out:
I am going to “dad” this up!
- Used obviously when you are doing something awesome.
He is dadding that kid quite well.
- Used as a compliment for taking action with your child as a father.
Last time I dadded, I pulled my back out.
- Used in past tense, dadded makes perfect sense – so why does my auto-correct not like this? Hmm… conspiracy against fatherhood?
I love to dad.
Clearly this presents no issue and makes perfect sense. So to all the dads (the noun) out there I applaud you and ask you to please, keep dadding it up.
The serious side of this post is that being a dad is more than a paycheck, more than your presence – it is an activity. You need to take action connecting, playing, talking, listening and engaging to be a dad(n) and to actually dad(v).