As a single dad, I find that there are a lot of ways that I end up with my socks knocked off. Here are a few.

1) One of Noah’s favorite things to do is climb into my bed while I’m still sleeping and start peeling my socks off. He knows that it tickles my ankles like crazy when his tiny fingers begin doing their work, and more importantly, he knows that I can’t sleep through it which is his quickest ticket to breakfast.

2) Every now and then, while walking around the house in my socks, I take a step into something… wet. Sometimes dog pee. Sometimes spilled drink. Sometimes a melted ice cube that has clumsily fallen from the fridge door. Sometimes I have no idea what it is. I do know this. I hold the world record for how fast I can yank a sock off my foot.

3) Spring is here. That means seventy degree days followed by twenty degree days. That also means that the temperature in my house is never quite right. Half the days I’m putting on an extra pair of socks, the other half, I toss and turn for an hour or more at bedtime before I realize my feet are boiling, and off come the socks!

4) It’s laundry day. I know it’s laundry day because I open my sock drawer and there isn’t anything left for me inside. So, I begrudgingly put on a pair of dirty socks should I need to go anywhere. And, once again I prove my world record sock removal skills when I hear the dryer beep.

5) Sometimes there is a need to chase my four-year old around the house with stinky socks. And sometimes there is a need for him to chase around his Dad with stinky socks. Enough said.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. As a parent, what are ways you find your socks getting knocked off?

This is a reprint of a guest piece I wrote for the Land O’Moms website. View the original post.

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he’s most known for, with more than 2 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It’s an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!