To the kids who love the bad guys and the dads that raise them (+ giveaway)

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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I was a kid who liked The Good Guy. I cheered for Luke Sywalker and Michael Jordan and He-Man. It was almost universal for me that if a movie was made pitting good vs. evil, I’d choose good. It seemed like the only option to me.

I’m not unique in this. Many kids ran or continue to run around pretending to be Leia, Han, Chewie, Luke, Rey, or Finn. They’d take care of bad guys using their lightsaber—often a branch from a tree, a LEGO creation, or the cardboard tube from a used-up roll of wrapping paper.

But my god, do I ever love kids who obsess over the bad guys. There are a few kids in my life who love the bad guy. They cheer for Voldemort and they praise the Joker. But more than anyone else, they love the voice and power of Darth Vader.

As a dad, I think I have to admit that Darth Vader also holds a little piece of my heart. Especially as a dad who is often called “the worst” because I don’t give my kids enough ice cream. I like the idea of redemption.

He reminds me that no matter how many ice cream bowls I do not fill or how many bubblegum machines I didn’t give my kids a quarter for, I am still their Father.

And my god, Star Wars themselves has created a video that perfectly captures the magnificence that is Darth Vader as “awwww, daddddd.”

SEE: I Am Your Father’s Day

How do we implement Star Wars into an average day?

Conversations about different kinds of families

Not all families are the same and it is important that you talk to your kids about that. Also, it is important that they know early years Darth Vader (like post-Anakin, pre-taking his mask off), while one of the most famous dads of all time, is not a person to model your parenting after.

Not cutting one another’s hands off

It’s the small things that really bring us together as a family.

Hey, look, I have a Darth Vader tattoo

I’m not joking you when I say Darth Vader is kind of a big deal in our family. Case in point, this daughter-drawn tattoo of the big guy on my leg.

Wookiee conversations

You simply don’t know a lot about your kids, or yourself, until you’ve sat down and had a five-minute conversation in Wookiee.

Complex and not-as-complex LEGO builds


Now that you have Darth in your heart, I just happen to have a Disney’s ultimate collection of Star Wars merchandise prize package to give away to someone. What is in such a fantastic sounding package? Well:

Or, if you like pictures more, this stuff…

star wars products

Or, if you like pictures of me and my Star Wars gear more than anything in the whole wide world, then…

strange looking dad and darth vader giveaway package

You’re sitting there, you’re wondering “okay bud, tell me how to enter this contest.” Well, here you go…

I Am Your Father’s Day Star Wars Gift Package

*I was compensated for this post but that Darth Vader tattoo is the real deal, I’m a fan.

24 responses to “To the kids who love the bad guys and the dads that raise them (+ giveaway)”

  1. Shaughnessy Dunnell says:

    Of my 3 kids, 2 are firmly in the cheering for the bad guy camp. Thanks for the post. Love the videos

  2. Jayne Kelsall says:

    He can bring out my dark side 🙂

  3. Brandon Sparks says:

    I love doing his voice to freak others out..

  4. Jenny Ham says:

    Darth Vader he takes me to another world

  5. Tracie Cooper says:

    Darth Vader reminds of my seeing the Star Wars movies during my childhood.

  6. Bea says:

    Obviously he is the driving force of keeping me going when my nursing shifts make me want to RUN! I love Star Wars ever since I was a young girl watching for the first time with my dad. I always wanted to find an Ewok of my own.

  7. Kelli Bryson says:

    Darth Vader reminds me of when I was younger

  8. melissa craig says:

    Darth vader taught me there is always room for change as he did at the end of Jedi

  9. Amy Deeter says:

    defiantly on how i was when i was younger at some points in my life

  10. Tracy Shafer says:

    It tells me that everyone even when bad, has a little bit of good left in them

  11. Trisha Musgrave says:

    Darth Vader influences me to always be prepared to fight for what you believe in, whether it be good or evil I suppose!

  12. judeanita47 says:

    Dark Vader is on my dark side

  13. sandy a says:

    Dark Vader is a role model in the aspect there is always a little good in everyone and everything

  14. kelly woods says:

    Darth Vader is cool even though he has a evil side.

  15. Judy Custer says:

    Darth wasn’t always bad

  16. My youngest son (who doesn’t even know his father) really likes Darth Vader and the whole dark side; takes after me 😉 We bond over the dark side; he enjoys “blowing” things up with his Emperial Starships and earlier was pretending the bubbles he was blowing were TIE fighters which he was trying to eat. He thinks Darth Vader is a bad-a** and I agree! Darth Vader influences me to be a better mom for my son and to “feed” his imagination with fun!

  17. GINA ROCK says:

    Darth Vader makes me happy when he turns to the light side.

  18. Kayla Klontz says:

    He brings out the fight in me!

  19. Ellie Wright says:

    Darth shows me that even on the dark side a little light exists.

  20. Amber Bourland says:

    Darth Vader, even though he is the quintessential “bad guy,” still had some decency left. he showed that nobody is completely evil. or completely good, for that matter.

  21. Kim Naumann says:

    Everyone should know how to fight with light sabers so we have backyard battles

  22. Pamela Sloss says:

    Nothing bad is all bad.

  23. Kelsey vinson says:

    He brings out my dark side

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