Someone recently asked the Internet to share "Don't Tell Your Mother" stories about their fathers, and the results are equal parts hilarious and heartwarming (and sometimes slightly worrying). As much as every child mythologizes their father, inevitably there comes a day when you realize they're human—and while it sometimes happens when they disappoint you, more often it comes when you realize they're just as scared of your mom as you are. That's when you stop being a parent and child and become a team. Here are 15 of the best stories people shared in response to the question:
1. Let's start with a father who made the promise you're supposed to make to your teenagers and followed through like a champ.
2. Now that a responsible story has been told, let's pivot to the dad who put himself on the line for his horny son and bears a limp of honor to this day.