There’s no tougher job than being a parent, or so they say. The Pew Research Center analysis backs it up; it turns out that parents find caring for their children to be much more exhausting than the work they do for pay. Paradoxically, they also find much more meaning in the time they spend with their children than in the time they spend at work.

But when it comes to American fathers, they seem to devote significantly less time than mothers to rearing their children, this research suggests. But in order to see how rewarding fatherhood really is, and how much happiness it brings to dads and children out there, we rolled up some of the most wholesome examples.

Scroll down below, upvote your favorite ones, and be sure to share your thoughts about the best job in the world⁠—being a da⁠d—in the comments!

#1

If This Dad Isn't One Of Us He Should Be

If This Dad Isn't One Of Us He Should Be

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EEF🤓
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6 months ago

I'll need to save this

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#2

This Little Heart On My Hand Is Called A "Cuddle Button". Since My Wife Died Last Year, My 4y/O Daughter Has Hated Being Away From Me. Her Teacher Draws This On Both Our Hands When I Drop Her Off At School And Every Time We Press It, It Sends A Hug To The Other. It Helps Her Feel Connected To Me.

This Little Heart On My Hand Is Called A "Cuddle Button". Since My Wife Died Last Year, My 4y/O Daughter Has Hated Being Away From Me. Her Teacher Draws This On Both Our Hands When I Drop Her Off At School And Every Time We Press It, It Sends A Hug To The Other. It Helps Her Feel Connected To Me.

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Jo Choto
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6 months ago

Clever, clever teacher.

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#3

My Six Year Old Daughter Has Been Asking For Months To Have A Mohawk Like Her Daddy. I Cut It For Her Today. My Kid Is A Right Badass.

My Six Year Old Daughter Has Been Asking For Months To Have A Mohawk Like Her Daddy. I Cut It For Her Today. My Kid Is A Right Badass.

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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6 months ago

That is one cool @ss dad!

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To find out more about the challenges of fatherhood and the joys that come with it, we reached out to Ricky Willis, the Kingston upon Hull-based author of the money-saving website Skint Dad. Being a dad to daughters Daniella and Chloe, Ricky had a lot to share about it. Ricky believes that fatherhood transforms a man in significant ways. “There is a whole new sense of responsibility and pride. I haven’t been able to place my finger on it until recently but I have started to realize how fragile life is and how much I want to ensure my girls are protected,” he explained.

#4

The Struggle Is Real. Men's Bathrooms Need Changing Tables.

The Struggle Is Real. Men's Bathrooms Need Changing Tables.

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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6 months ago

Yes!

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#5

Let's Do This Shit

Let's Do This Shit

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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6 months ago

Hey it's Elsa & Anna!!

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#6

I Turned My Son’s Wheelchair Into A Digger For Halloween!

I Turned My Son’s Wheelchair Into A Digger For Halloween!

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Tolga ÜSTÜN
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6 months ago

I see a happy child there! :)

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“I think the two main challenges are to be present and to be a good role model. I started out as a dad in a very bad place financially and I never want our children to be in the same position,” he said. Ricky added that he and his wife Naomi are very open and honest with them about money, “which I hope will give them a good education and grounding for when they need to make financial decisions of their own.”

“Having someone love you unconditionally is definitely up there for being the most rewarding part of fatherhood. There is nothing better than having my kids tell me they love me or look to me for advice. It makes me want to be a better man,” Ricky concluded.

#7

As A Dad, Giving My Daughter The Hairstyle That Makes Her Feel Like A Queen Always Is A Win In My Book.

As A Dad, Giving My Daughter The Hairstyle That Makes Her Feel Like A Queen Always Is A Win In My Book.

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DogMom
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6 months ago

Dad has skills. Beautiful

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#8

My 11 Month Old Took His First Steps Today, Safe To Say I Handled It Quite Manly

My 11 Month Old Took His First Steps Today, Safe To Say I Handled It Quite Manly

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm melting, melting aand melting! Hello, I'm a human pool now!

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#9

Just Won A Year Long Custody Battle. Mom Left State With The Little One. She Returns Today. Hope She Likes It.

Just Won A Year Long Custody Battle. Mom Left State With The Little One. She Returns Today. Hope She Likes It.

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Tolga ÜSTÜN
Community Member
6 months ago

We need a follow up on this. I am sure she did tho.

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#10

Three Years And Counting!

Three Years And Counting!

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Sian Waldron
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6 months ago

She is tough, brave & beautiful

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#11

Lost My Wife To Cancer In August. Pulled Myself Together And Made Costumes For Our Little Ones. It Felt So Great.

Lost My Wife To Cancer In August. Pulled Myself Together And Made Costumes For Our Little Ones. It Felt So Great.

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Brian Brown
Community Member
6 months ago

This is very cute

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#12

I Told My Daughter. You Leave Your Shit In The Living Room I Am Going To Try It On

I Told My Daughter. You Leave Your Shit In The Living Room I Am Going To Try It On

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Catherine Hankinson
Community Member
6 months ago

Santa?!

Nathan Pogorzala
Community Member
6 months ago

Jacked biker Santa? :D

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DogMom
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

King Triton on the right

Sabse
Community Member
6 months ago

There would be some things I would leave in the living room just to get some funny pics

Uber Mensch
Community Member
6 months ago

Dude. That _totally_ works for you...

A Bringhurst
Community Member
6 months ago

King Poseidon!

RoseTheMad
Community Member
6 months ago

He looks fantastic!

Blobban
Community Member
6 months ago

The real tooth fairy

SydneyP
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks good on ya poppa!

r tommo
Community Member
6 months ago

You are so rocking it

hilary rudd
Community Member
6 months ago

That tiara suits you !!!

SelkieBlackfysh
Community Member
4 months ago

Omg I want to see more of this 🤣

Okorie Jeremiah
Community Member
6 months ago

Damn those beard ❤️

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
6 months ago

You're hot!

Julia Verity
Community Member
6 months ago

All hail King Santa!

Jude Corrigan
Community Member
6 months ago

Has Santa joined a dating app?

Amy Stone-Chandler
Community Member
6 months ago

Please please tell me there are more!

シ *’-BLOODLUST-‘* シ
Community Member
6 months ago

I just woke up and this is the first thing I see but it’s beautiful so who gives a crap

Rebecca Clark
Community Member
6 months ago

🤣❤

MaShunnda Beard
Community Member
6 months ago

King Triton

Zella Haesche
Community Member
6 months ago

You wear it well!

MJ
Community Member
6 months ago

🤣 shock therapy at its best!

Ana Garfield
Community Member
6 months ago

Crown works for you. One day, these will be the pictures of you she will treasure the most.

Ace Girl
Community Member
6 months ago

King Triton?

Joe D
Community Member
6 months ago

She does it on purpose now I bet

LynzCatastrophe
Community Member
6 months ago

King Triton?

Ayden Manning
Community Member
6 months ago

Posiden?!

veronica bingham
Community Member
6 months ago

Looking good, you're rockin it hon. What was her reaction???...lol

Sofia Gonzalez
Community Member
6 months ago

You rocked the pink hair. And the crown looks so elegant

bxttery_bxby
Community Member
6 months ago

I saw these and nearly cried. He looks so much like my papaw. Right down to the tattoos. This is something he would've done, too. I lost him to heart failure a month ago, so this made me smile.

Enamelcamel
Community Member
6 months ago

The pink braids look HOT!!

Sunshine Sunshine
Community Member
6 months ago

Fckng love this man

Tavi-The-Taboo (He-They)
Community Member
6 months ago

You look amazing in that tiara

Lorrie Rothstein
Community Member
6 months ago

This guy is awesome

kjorn
Community Member
6 months ago

Ariel Father

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#13

First Pic Is Me And My Dad In 1990. Second Is Us With My Son. Same House, Same Spot, Same Goofy Grins.

First Pic Is Me And My Dad In 1990. Second Is Us With My Son. Same House, Same Spot, Same Goofy Grins.

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Lovin' Life
Community Member
6 months ago

This is precious!!! Your smiles are beautiful.

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#14

Words Can't Explain How Happy She Makes Me!

Words Can't Explain How Happy She Makes Me!

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Tolga ÜSTÜN
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6 months ago

And you her... apperently.

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#15

6months Ago We Had 0 Kids. Now Me And My Husband Have 2. It's Been Insanely Stressful But Insanely Exciting At The Same Time

6months Ago We Had 0 Kids. Now Me And My Husband Have 2. It's Been Insanely Stressful But Insanely Exciting At The Same Time

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Llewella
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6 months ago

What a cute family

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#16

Proud Dad Moment, First Few Weeks In Home Made Wheel Chair (Born With Disability)

Proud Dad Moment, First Few Weeks In Home Made Wheel Chair (Born With Disability)

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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6 months ago

That is neat!

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#17

Diaper Brand In Sweden Has The Dad On The Packaging

Diaper Brand In Sweden Has The Dad On The Packaging

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Zedrapazia
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm really glad we're slowly slowly coming to gender equality. Even if it's just little things like the picture on a bag of diapers, it shows we're moving with slow srsly into the right direction

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#18

Don't Be Jealous Fellas, But My 3 Year Old Made Me Car Soup Today. 10/10 Would Order Again

Don't Be Jealous Fellas, But My 3 Year Old Made Me Car Soup Today. 10/10 Would Order Again

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Sue Lynn Chan
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6 months ago (edited)

Can i have his recipe?

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#19

Still Not 100% Sure What I’m Doing But These Past 4 Month Have Been The Best!

Still Not 100% Sure What I’m Doing But These Past 4 Month Have Been The Best!

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LisaMarie
Community Member
6 months ago

As a single parent of two amazing children I can confirm that you will never be 100% sure what you are doing, even when they are in their 20s! And thats perfectly okay! 😊 But you certainly look like you are doing an amazing job 👏 Thats one beautiful and very happy baby 😊

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#20

My Daughter Showed Me That She's Been Writing Every Number When She Gets Bored. So I Dug Up My Very Old Notebook

My Daughter Showed Me That She's Been Writing Every Number When She Gets Bored. So I Dug Up My Very Old Notebook

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Tolga ÜSTÜN
Community Member
6 months ago

Woa man... Father must be soo proud! No need a paternity test...

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#21

Our Son Has Sensory Sensitives And Doesn’t Always Like Physical Contact With Others (As A Part Of His Autism). He Surprised Me Yesterday While We Waited For The Bus.

Our Son Has Sensory Sensitives And Doesn’t Always Like Physical Contact With Others (As A Part Of His Autism). He Surprised Me Yesterday While We Waited For The Bus.

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karla Meixnerová
Community Member
6 months ago

This is a real love.

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#22

Six Months Ago I Moved From One Side Of The World To The Other. When I Did, I Left My Wife And Kids Behind. I Facetimed Them Every Day And Worked My Ass Off To Prepare A New Life For Them. They Finally Arrived!

Six Months Ago I Moved From One Side Of The World To The Other. When I Did, I Left My Wife And Kids Behind. I Facetimed Them Every Day And Worked My Ass Off To Prepare A New Life For Them. They Finally Arrived!

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Kimi Tomminello
Community Member
6 months ago

Congrats!!! Beautiful pic and story!!

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#23

Dads: Buy Your Kid(S), Regardless Of Gender, A Kitchen. I Get More Done When I Ask My Son To “Make Me Lunch” Than Any Other Toy Out There.

Dads: Buy Your Kid(S), Regardless Of Gender, A Kitchen. I Get More Done When I Ask My Son To “Make Me Lunch” Than Any Other Toy Out There.

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James016
Community Member
6 months ago

This 100%. My son has had his toy kitchen for several years now and he still plays with it. At the weekend he made us pasta.

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#24

Found While Cleaning Out Old Photos; They Would All Scream For Food At Once So Best Thing I Came Up With To Do 3 Bottles Simultaneously

Found While Cleaning Out Old Photos; They Would All Scream For Food At Once So Best Thing I Came Up With To Do 3 Bottles Simultaneously

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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6 months ago

That is next level dad right there!

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#25

Today I Found My Reason Why.

Today I Found My Reason Why.

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Lovin' Life
Community Member
6 months ago

The most beautiful reason why EVER! Enjoy it!

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#26

In The Future When Someone Ask What It Was Like To Work From Home In 2020. I'll Just Show Them This Picture.

In The Future When Someone Ask What It Was Like To Work From Home In 2020. I'll Just Show Them This Picture.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
6 months ago

That's been my whole life!

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#27

27 Years Between Photos Of My Daughter And Me. She Is Now A Lady And I’m Still In The Military.

27 Years Between Photos Of My Daughter And Me. She Is Now A Lady And I’m Still In The Military.

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J. G.
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6 months ago

Hahaha.... still that same pout :)

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#28

I’ve Been A Full Time Single Dad Since November, And Today I Took My Girls To Get Our Nails Done. It Was My First Time And I Love It!

I’ve Been A Full Time Single Dad Since November, And Today I Took My Girls To Get Our Nails Done. It Was My First Time And I Love It!

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oli
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6 months ago

Im a man, and i do that when i have the time, i dont see why we should have daughter to enjoy our masculinity 🤣

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#29

Me At Home With My Three Kids All Weekend

Me At Home With My Three Kids All Weekend

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Tolga ÜSTÜN
Community Member
6 months ago

-Wellcome to the parendhood. -What? -I SAID WELLCOME TO THE... oh nevermind...

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#30

My Daughter Put Her Sandals Inside My Work Shoes So She Could Wear Them And "Be Like Daddy".

My Daughter Put Her Sandals Inside My Work Shoes So She Could Wear Them And "Be Like Daddy".

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Tolga ÜSTÜN
Community Member
6 months ago

Atta girl!

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#31

We Drive Past A Mcd’s On The Way To Daycare And She Always Wants To Stop And Get Hash Browns (It’s Expensive And Takes Forever). I Started Saving The Wrappers And Cooking Frozen Ones From Aldis Before We Leave.

We Drive Past A Mcd’s On The Way To Daycare And She Always Wants To Stop And Get Hash Browns (It’s Expensive And Takes Forever). I Started Saving The Wrappers And Cooking Frozen Ones From Aldis Before We Leave.

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Brian Brown
Community Member
6 months ago

Very smart and a true Dad move...

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#32

Daughter (2 Years Old) Wanted To Sleep With The Skeleton In Her Room. You Choose Your Battles…

Daughter (2 Years Old) Wanted To Sleep With The Skeleton In Her Room. You Choose Your Battles…

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James016
Community Member
6 months ago

Bonsey will keep her safe

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#33

I Worried Before He Was Born That I Wouldn't Feel Like A Dad Right Away. But It All Hit Me Like A Freight Train As Soon As I Saw Him

I Worried Before He Was Born That I Wouldn't Feel Like A Dad Right Away. But It All Hit Me Like A Freight Train As Soon As I Saw Him

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James016
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6 months ago

Skin to skin is so important in the first few weeks.

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#34

Tonight Is My First Time Watching The Baby Alone. I Photoshopped This And Sent It To My Wife.

Tonight Is My First Time Watching The Baby Alone. I Photoshopped This And Sent It To My Wife.

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Ember
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6 months ago

Ha ha ha!

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#35

When You’re Balding, But Your Daughter Wants To Do Your Hair.

When You’re Balding, But Your Daughter Wants To Do Your Hair.

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Lovin' Life
Community Member
6 months ago

I love it! My dad had long hair (shoulder length). I loved the times he let me play with his hair. It was so soft and healthy. Oh how I miss him. 💔

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#36

Surrounded By Women His Whole Life And Now He Finally Has The Sons He’s Always Asked For

Surrounded By Women His Whole Life And Now He Finally Has The Sons He’s Always Asked For

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Brian Brown
Community Member
6 months ago

LOL, this is awesome.

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#37

19 Months Old And Already Has Life Figured Out

19 Months Old And Already Has Life Figured Out

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Aroace tiger (any pronouns)
Community Member
6 months ago

Smart kid

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#38

It's Not Always Easy Being A Single Dad But Sometimes I Get To Experience Some Things Other Dads Might Not [x-Post From Pics]

It's Not Always Easy Being A Single Dad But Sometimes I Get To Experience Some Things Other Dads Might Not [x-Post From Pics]

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EEF🤓
Community Member
6 months ago

Aw she looks so pleased. Can confirm she looks like a little princese

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#39

First Time Cutting My Son's Hair

First Time Cutting My Son's Hair

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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6 months ago

Those faces! LOL!!

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#40

Best Thing I’ve Ever Done.

Best Thing I’ve Ever Done.

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
Community Member
6 months ago

Aww!! Such a sweet picture!

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#41

Despite The Odds Myself As A Fraternal Twin Graduated With Fraternal Twins.. Couldn’t Be Happier.

Despite The Odds Myself As A Fraternal Twin Graduated With Fraternal Twins.. Couldn’t Be Happier.

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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6 months ago

This is so awesome! A couple of friends of mine have fraternal twins due in June!

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#42

Here's How My 9-Year Explained Net Neutrality To His Friend

Here's How My 9-Year Explained Net Neutrality To His Friend

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Brian Brown
Community Member
6 months ago

BRAVO! SH*T!!! Now I understand it too!

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#43

From My Daughters Daycare Today. My Eyes Only Got A Little Bit Sweaty.

From My Daughters Daycare Today. My Eyes Only Got A Little Bit Sweaty.

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Eppe
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6 months ago

Sweaty eyes :)

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#44

My Construction Worker Dad Friend Let And Kept The Nail Art His 4yo Daughter Gave Him

My Construction Worker Dad Friend Let And Kept The Nail Art His 4yo Daughter Gave Him

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Sian Waldron
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6 months ago

Love the pokeball tattoo!

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#45

Airborne

Airborne

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Tolga ÜSTÜN
Community Member
6 months ago

Weeeee...

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