Being a single parent is hard, but these dads are showing the world how it's done by going the extra mile for their kids.

Single dads have unique challenges, especially when it comes to raising girls, who might find it hard to relate to a male role model sometimes. Taking a little nail polish for the team is always a quick fix, though, and learning how to braid hair like a boss is helpful as well. Even while working hard to provide for their little families, these dads find time to play.

Barack Obama once said that "any fool can have a child. That doesn't make you a father. It's the courage to raise a child that makes you a father." If you're a single dad raising your children with courage, add your sweetest moments with them below!

#1

Single Dad Couldn’t Do His Daughter’s Hair, So He Went To Beauty School

Single Dad Couldn’t Do His Daughter’s Hair, So He Went To Beauty School

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Natasha L
Community Member
3 years ago

Just wow. I can't even do a simple ponytail at that level of lawlessness.

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#2

My Daughter Turns Four Today. This Is My First Attempt At A Cake As A Single Dad. I Hope She Likes It!

My Daughter Turns Four Today. This Is My First Attempt At A Cake As A Single Dad. I Hope She Likes It!

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Inurri
Community Member
3 years ago

No doubt, I know I would love that!

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#3

I'm A Single Father. My Favorite Color Is Green. And My Daughter Knows When I've Had A Hard Day At Work

I'm A Single Father. My Favorite Color Is Green. And My Daughter Knows When I've Had A Hard Day At Work

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

That is adorable!

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#4

Single Father With His Daughter, Dressed As A Fairy And Princess

Single Father With His Daughter, Dressed As A Fairy And Princess

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

IMO this makes him MORE of a man. It is an admirable quality for a man to be 'anything' just to make his child's dream come true

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#5

This Is My Best Friend Aaron. He Became A Single Father At The Age Of 19

This Is My Best Friend Aaron. He Became A Single Father At The Age Of 19

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Richard Pickman
Community Member
3 years ago

It seems Aaron raises his own band. :-)

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#6

After Wife's Death During The Delivery, People Helped This Single Father To Recreate Her Recordings So Their Baby Could Listen To Mom's Lullabies. Jarred Also Plans To Complete Wife's Bucket List Together With Son James

After Wife's Death During The Delivery, People Helped This Single Father To Recreate Her Recordings So Their Baby Could Listen To Mom's Lullabies. Jarred Also Plans To Complete Wife's Bucket List Together With Son James

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

Her name was Sharry and you can find one of her BEAUTIFUL guitar lullabies on YouTube titled "Jessica" Sharry shared her love for music by recording herself singing and playing guitar, and she had only posted a handful of the videos to YouTube. After Sharry’s death, Jared found more music she had left behind in a file format he couldn’t access, so he asked Reddit for assistance in converting the files. “I just want to be able to hear her voice again,” he wrote in the post. Within hours, complete strangers offered their help. It didn't take long for Redditors to get to work and send him the files, one of which was Sharry singing a lullaby for her unborn son.

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#7

This Single Dad Is Making Heartwarming Illustrations Of Everyday Life With His Daughter

This Single Dad Is Making Heartwarming Illustrations Of Everyday Life With His Daughter

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Rajani Sarasan
Community Member
3 years ago

And I continue to cry..

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#8

Dad For The Win!

Dad For The Win!

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Violaine LB
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG they're both so adorable.

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#9

I'm A Single Dad. My Daughter Asked When I'd Teach Her How To Shave Her Legs. Well, Today Was The Day

I'm A Single Dad. My Daughter Asked When I'd Teach Her How To Shave Her Legs. Well, Today Was The Day

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder what he did on 'training bra day'

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#10

As A Single Dad And Pilot, I Fly Passengers So I Can Go Home And Feed My Kid. I Also Often Take Her Around The World With Me

As A Single Dad And Pilot, I Fly Passengers So I Can Go Home And Feed My Kid. I Also Often Take Her Around The World With Me

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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
3 years ago

That little girl is going to have the coolest life

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#11

This Funny Single Dad Takes A Daily Selfie Right After Waking Up His Daughter. Her Reactions Are Priceless

This Funny Single Dad Takes A Daily Selfie Right After Waking Up His Daughter. Her Reactions Are Priceless

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

One day she's gonna be old enough to do it back . . . lol

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#12

As A Single Dad, She Loves Our Halloween Nights

As A Single Dad, She Loves Our Halloween Nights

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Emre
Community Member
3 years ago

who wouldn't love this :D

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#13

A Little Over Two Years Ago My Daughter Made Me This Bracelet. It Was A Complete Turning Point In My Life And Never Leaves Me

A Little Over Two Years Ago My Daughter Made Me This Bracelet. It Was A Complete Turning Point In My Life And Never Leaves Me

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

This is beautiful.

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#14

I Can't Wait To Pick My Baby Up From Her First Day Of Kindergarten

I Can't Wait To Pick My Baby Up From Her First Day Of Kindergarten

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Rajani Sarasan
Community Member
3 years ago

You guys are winning in life

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#15

I Had Always Planned On Doing Something Like This For A Woman, But I Realized The Most Important Female That Deserves My Attention Is Already Right Here Beside Me. – P.s. She Said Yes!

I Had Always Planned On Doing Something Like This For A Woman, But I Realized The Most Important Female That Deserves My Attention Is Already Right Here Beside Me. – P.s. She Said Yes!

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Ana Ryguła
Community Member
3 years ago

No way she will meet a guy able to keep up the standard. The dad tho! <3

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#16

After Becoming A Single Dad, He Learned How To Do His Daughter’s Hair And Now Teaches Other Dads

After Becoming A Single Dad, He Learned How To Do His Daughter’s Hair And Now Teaches Other Dads

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

A great father AND a smart businessman

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#17

As A Single Father, I Try My Best Even When Having Tough Times

As A Single Father, I Try My Best Even When Having Tough Times

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Rajani Sarasan
Community Member
3 years ago

The fact that you care is enough.. things will get better with that attitude :)

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#18

Oh, You Know, Just A Little Spa And Movie Time With The Girls

Oh, You Know, Just A Little Spa And Movie Time With The Girls

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

He better hope the spa day doesn't come with hair waxing next! O-U-C-H

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#19

I'm A Single Dad. Daughter Asked Me To Give Her Stuffed Bunny A Bath. She's At Her Mom's So I Sent Her This

I'm A Single Dad. Daughter Asked Me To Give Her Stuffed Bunny A Bath. She's At Her Mom's So I Sent Her This

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Bunny has a better life than me!

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#20

I Raise You Single Father Dress Up Time

I Raise You Single Father Dress Up Time

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Herb Eaversmells
Community Member
3 years ago

His eyes look like stuffed olives in the second picture

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#21

It's A Wonderful Feeling To Be The First Man To Give Her 2 Dozen Roses And Show How Men Are Supposed To Treat Ladies

It's A Wonderful Feeling To Be The First Man To Give Her 2 Dozen Roses And Show How Men Are Supposed To Treat Ladies

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

Showing her at such a young age how to respect herself -. WONDERFUL!

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#22

My Uncle Is A Single Dad. This Is What He Came Up With When His 3-Year-Old Asked For Non-Circle Pancakes

My Uncle Is A Single Dad. This Is What He Came Up With When His 3-Year-Old Asked For Non-Circle Pancakes

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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
3 years ago

His kid will love that. My dad always made me different shaped pancakes. I'm 27 now, he just came to my house for Christmas and made me one in the shape of my dog. It's something I've always loved about him. (I've never seen a horse riding pancake !!!)

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#23

Built A Box Fort For My Son Today

Built A Box Fort For My Son Today

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Tasha Harris
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome!!

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#24

As A Single Father, My Son Always Makes Me Something For Mother's Day. This Year's Drawing Is A Turnip Arm Wrestling A Puma

As A Single Father, My Son Always Makes Me Something For Mother's Day. This Year's Drawing Is A Turnip Arm Wrestling A Puma

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Elizabeth Mesick
Community Member
3 years ago

I totally want to be friends with that kid.

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#25

My Son Turns Five Tomorrow. I'm A Low-Income Single Father, So I Couldn't Buy The Cake He Wanted. This Is The Cake My Nine Year Old Daughter Made For Him - Captain America Cake

My Son Turns Five Tomorrow. I'm A Low-Income Single Father, So I Couldn't Buy The Cake He Wanted. This Is The Cake My Nine Year Old Daughter Made For Him - Captain America Cake

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Nancy Arnold
Community Member
3 years ago

Well done , I bet he enjoyed it

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#26

It's Not Always Easy Being A Single Dad But Sometimes I Get To Experience Some Things Other Dads Might Not

It's Not Always Easy Being A Single Dad But Sometimes I Get To Experience Some Things Other Dads Might Not

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Sreejith
Community Member
3 years ago

I can see who you remember by seeing her

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#27

Young, Single Dad, Minimum Wage, And College. This Is The Only Thing I Need To Be Happy

Young, Single Dad, Minimum Wage, And College. This Is The Only Thing I Need To Be Happy

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Ana Ryguła
Community Member
3 years ago

Fingers crossed for you, bro!

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#28

I'm A Single Dad Of 3. This Is Me Sending Off My Only Daughter To Her First Day Of Kindergarten

I'm A Single Dad Of 3. This Is Me Sending Off My Only Daughter To Her First Day Of Kindergarten

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

The camera and everything! :-D

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#29

So Close, Even Shaving Together

So Close, Even Shaving Together

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

I actually just hung up the phone with my dad. I completely forgot he did this to me as a child. When asked if he remembered, his reply was "Yes, you always wanted to shave with me" This photo brought back a beautiful memory for BOTH of us. Thank you.

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#30

Single Dad Here, This Happens A Lot. For Real

Single Dad Here, This Happens A Lot. For Real

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Natasha L
Community Member
3 years ago

Dad seems to be enjoying it!

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#31

Single Dad - How'd I Do?

Single Dad - How'd I Do?

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

How did you do?? Magnificent - Best sew job ever

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#32

After Divorce This Single Father Knew He Would Have To Learn To Cook In Order To Raise His 6-Year-Old Son. Not Only Did He Learn The Art Of Cooking, But He Also Wrote A Cookbook Together With His Now Grown-Up Son

After Divorce This Single Father Knew He Would Have To Learn To Cook In Order To Raise His 6-Year-Old Son. Not Only Did He Learn The Art Of Cooking, But He Also Wrote A Cookbook Together With His Now Grown-Up Son

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Dawn Denham
Community Member
3 years ago

How gorgeous are they?

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#33

First Halloween As A Single Dad, My Girls Wanted Me To Sew Them Toph And Katara Costumes. Ps. Hair Loopies Are Hard!

First Halloween As A Single Dad, My Girls Wanted Me To Sew Them Toph And Katara Costumes. Ps. Hair Loopies Are Hard!

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Smoofy
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG THATS FREAKIN AWESOME

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#34

An Acrobatic Single Dad, Who Quits University To Join Circus, And His Adorable 3-Year-Old Son

An Acrobatic Single Dad, Who Quits University To Join Circus, And His Adorable 3-Year-Old Son

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Zombie Gurl
Community Member
3 years ago

That last image tho XD

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#35

Working Out Together

Working Out Together

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Melissa Nunya
Community Member
3 years ago

Adorable ;)

#36

As A Single Dad, This Pretty Much Sums Up My Life Right Now

As A Single Dad, This Pretty Much Sums Up My Life Right Now

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Natasha L
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm sure he secretly loves it...

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#37

I'm A 23 Year-Old Single Father Of 2 And This Is My First Attempt At A Hula Girl Cake For My Little Girl's Birthday

I'm A 23 Year-Old Single Father Of 2 And This Is My First Attempt At A Hula Girl Cake For My Little Girl's Birthday

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Sasy
Community Member
3 years ago

perfect

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#38

Getting To Spend Some Special, One On One Time With My Oldest Before We Pick Up The Other Two

Getting To Spend Some Special, One On One Time With My Oldest Before We Pick Up The Other Two

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Violeta Vieru
Community Member
3 years ago

I wish my dad was brown haired Thor

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#39

This Is How Single Fathers Handles The Situation When His 6-Year-Old Decides To Check If Tooth Fairy Is Real

This Is How Single Fathers Handles The Situation When His 6-Year-Old Decides To Check If Tooth Fairy Is Real

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

Should have left a few coins for effort and told her to wait for the BIG money when she really loses the tooth!

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#40

This Single Dad Is Raising 3 Daughters In A Single-Wide Trailer

This Single Dad Is Raising 3 Daughters In A Single-Wide Trailer

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Dixon's Mama
Community Member
3 years ago

It's not where you live, but how you live <3

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#41

As A Single Dad I Try Extra Hard To Make My Kids Eat Healthy On Halloween

As A Single Dad I Try Extra Hard To Make My Kids Eat Healthy On Halloween

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Denise Carpenter
Community Member
3 years ago

Great idea!

#42

My Princess Passed Out On With Me

My Princess Passed Out On With Me

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Arely Andrade
Community Member
3 years ago

Omg her face!! She's totally enjoying her nap :D

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#43

This Single Dad Was Left With His Baby Girl When She Was Only 2 Months And Was Very Afraid Of Failure. Gladly, An Online Fatherhood Community Helped Him To Gain Strength

This Single Dad Was Left With His Baby Girl When She Was Only 2 Months And Was Very Afraid Of Failure. Gladly, An Online Fatherhood Community Helped Him To Gain Strength

Life of Dad Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

His BEST success story was not being afraid to ask for help. She too will learn that quality.

#44

My Son & I On His Very First Day Of School. I Plan On Having K-12 Pictures Of The Same Pose And Will Gift To Him On His Graduation Day

My Son & I On His Very First Day Of School. I Plan On Having K-12 Pictures Of The Same Pose And Will Gift To Him On His Graduation Day

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Franjo Grgić
Community Member
3 years ago

great idea!

#45

Single Father's Life: Home From Work With My Sick 5-Year-Old

Single Father's Life: Home From Work With My Sick 5-Year-Old

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Melissa Nunya
Community Member
3 years ago

Sweetest picture

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#46

Even Though Single Parenting Is Tough, Those Hugs And Love Are Totally Worth It!

Even Though Single Parenting Is Tough, Those Hugs And Love Are Totally Worth It!

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Tammy Chapman
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, they are. Remember that, every day, and you'll do just fine.

#47

How Lucky Am I To Get To Scratch This Baby's Back Whenever She Wants Me To

How Lucky Am I To Get To Scratch This Baby's Back Whenever She Wants Me To

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Kipper Mcgee
Community Member
3 years ago

Back scratching was the best thing ever when I was a kid.

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#48

One Of My Many Joys In Being A Single Dad. Taking Care Of My Princess!

One Of My Many Joys In Being A Single Dad. Taking Care Of My Princess!

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Denise Carpenter
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful hair! That is hard.

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#49

Pinterest Level: Single Dad

Pinterest Level: Single Dad

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Socially Awkward
Community Member
3 years ago

Great job!!!!

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#50

Single Dad And His Son Are Matching Their Outfits. Like Father Like Son

Single Dad And His Son Are Matching Their Outfits. Like Father Like Son

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Sirius
Community Member
3 years ago

I thought that kid is his younger brother *_*

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#51

I'm A Single Dad And This Is A Surprise For My Daughter's Birthday Coming Up. She's A Good Kid (great Marks In School, Etc) And She Earned It!

I'm A Single Dad And This Is A Surprise For My Daughter's Birthday Coming Up. She's A Good Kid (great Marks In School, Etc) And She Earned It!

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Sreejith
Community Member
3 years ago

I feel, one new item on each month is better than giving all together. Just a thought

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#52

Single Dad's And Son's Book Ritual Before Bed Time

Single Dad's And Son's Book Ritual Before Bed Time

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Petunia Nuezic
Community Member
3 years ago

Just love the happiness in your eyes

#53

Getting Ready For The Beauty Contest

Getting Ready For The Beauty Contest

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Rajani Sarasan
Community Member
3 years ago

Damn he doesn't look old enough to have fathered the 3 of them!

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#54

Baking Cake Together

Baking Cake Together

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JillVille Child Care
Community Member
3 years ago

The hats rock! Her face - adorable!

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#55

This Single Dad Shows Up To His Daughter's School And Eats Lunch With Her And Her Friends

This Single Dad Shows Up To His Daughter's School And Eats Lunch With Her And Her Friends

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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh man. The eyes

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#56

Just A Normal Friday Night With Sea Salt Clay Masks Watching A Movie

Just A Normal Friday Night With Sea Salt Clay Masks Watching A Movie

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Chris Gen
Community Member
3 years ago

In the beard too, lol!

#57

Going Everywhere Together

Going Everywhere Together

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Me
Community Member
3 years ago

That's great, but please protect his or her little ears

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#58

"Daddy Must Only Drink From The Elsa Cup!"

"Daddy Must Only Drink From The Elsa Cup!"

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Lorraine
Community Member
3 years ago

HAHA love it!

#59

It's Tough Being A Single Daddy

It's Tough Being A Single Daddy

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Samantha Bing
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the nails - y'all are too cute!

#60

As A Single Father For Years, This Is What Happens When I Take My 8 Year Old Daughter Shopping At Claire's

As A Single Father For Years, This Is What Happens When I Take My 8 Year Old Daughter Shopping At Claire's

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JillVille Child Care
Community Member
3 years ago

The pony tails work for me! Very cute!

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#61

I'm A Single Dad, And My Son Has No Idea Where I've Been For The Last Six Hours. He Will Be Excited To Unbox This With Me In The Morning

I'm A Single Dad, And My Son Has No Idea Where I've Been For The Last Six Hours. He Will Be Excited To Unbox This With Me In The Morning

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Tammy Chapman
Community Member
3 years ago

Good job Dad!!

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#62

Those Naps With A Tiny Newborn Are One Of The Most Special Moments For Me

Those Naps With A Tiny Newborn Are One Of The Most Special Moments For Me

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Regina Kearns
Community Member
3 years ago

are these singles ads? the men are so gorgeous with their families.

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#63

Sweetest Moments

Sweetest Moments

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JillVille Child Care
Community Member
3 years ago

The ear grab!! So sweet!

#64

Single Dad, Here. How'd I Do On The Nails?

Single Dad, Here. How'd I Do On The Nails?

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Socially Awkward
Community Member
3 years ago

Aww.... Based on the look on her face, I'd say you did great!

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#65

What Do You Do When You're Home Alone With Your 8-Year-Old? Well, You Play Spa, Tattoo Shop, Unicorn Tea Party, And Of Course, Get Your Face Covered In Marker Ink

What Do You Do When You're Home Alone With Your 8-Year-Old? Well, You Play Spa, Tattoo Shop, Unicorn Tea Party, And Of Course, Get Your Face Covered In Marker Ink

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

The face drawing is the BEST

#66

Going To Work With My One-Year-Old

Going To Work With My One-Year-Old

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Sara
Community Member
3 years ago

Your so hip XD

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#67

As A Single Father, This Means The World To Her Even Though I'm Not Very Good At It

As A Single Father, This Means The World To Her Even Though I'm Not Very Good At It

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#68

Been A Very Special Birthday With My Daughter Putting Our "Little Farm" Together

Been A Very Special Birthday With My Daughter Putting Our "Little Farm" Together

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Tammy Chapman
Community Member
3 years ago

I think y'all look adorable.

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#69

After A Hard Day Of Being A Single Dad

After A Hard Day Of Being A Single Dad

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Kipper Mcgee
Community Member
3 years ago

Who took the photo?

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#70

Amazing To Hold My Son's Hand And To Adventure With Him

Amazing To Hold My Son's Hand And To Adventure With Him

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Tammy Chapman
Community Member
3 years ago

Be careful.

#71

Single Dad And His Daughter

Single Dad And His Daughter

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