What made you feel loved as a kid? Think about it. Maybe you remember rollerblading with your parents on holiday? Being helped with homework? Or just telling them what you thought was a really big secret? There certainly is a time and place for big presents and gestures but very often, it is the small things that count.

Turns out, quite a few of them end up on the Internet, too. And we at Bored Panda did our best to collect them. Below you will find a wholesome series of posts where kids celebrate their parents' signs of affection. Whether we're talking baking cookies or 3D-printing a little anti-stress elephant, these moms and dads went the extra mile for their kids, and even if some of them weren't executed to a tee, it's the intention that matters.

Continue scrolling to enjoy the entries and check out our interview with Vicki Broadbent, a writer, director, broadcaster, and founder of an awesome parenting blog called Honest Mum.

#1

Every Parent Should Be So Cool; The World Would Be A Better Place

Every Parent Should Be So Cool; The World Would Be A Better Place

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Acceptance. ❤️

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By no means do these posts mean that children are content with just short bursts of affection. Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. "Children want your time and attention, plain and simple," Vicki Broadbent, the author of Mumboss: The Honest Mum's Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home, told Bored Panda. "While every child undoubtedly loves a treat, a present, or a party, what they consistently crave is quality time with their parents and carers. They want you to listen to them (however long and convoluted their stories are) and when they request you play with them, they want you to do just that and not just once."

Children want you to commit to them and they can tell the difference when you are consistently showing care by devoting your time and energy. "Even if you can only spare 10 minutes of your time a day (because the parenting juggle is real), please try to do so," Broadbent advises. "Having children allows you to relive your own childhood, to feel free and see the world through your children's precious eyes so don't miss the opportunity."

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On Mother's Day In Thailand, Dad Put On A Dress For His Son, Because Everyone Was With Their Mothers, And His Mother Died

On Mother's Day In Thailand, Dad Put On A Dress For His Son, Because Everyone Was With Their Mothers, And His Mother Died

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7 months ago

Poor little guy, but hey dad pulled through💓

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Those 10 minutes don't have to be anything glossy. Simply, genuine. Broadbent, for example, said her mom would tell her stories of her own childhood, and they were her personal favorites. According to the mother, board games, sports, and other activities that encourage imaginative play and the family can enjoy together are also great ideas for those precious moments. "I love sharing the programs and films I loved as a child with my own kids (we're currently watching Sister, Sister on Netflix) and we often bake the biscuits I'd make with my Dad and the crumble that got me through every exam I've ever taken. Let yourself go and enjoy parenting."

These things help parents become attentive on a daily basis. "It is your job as a parent and carer to make your child feel emotionally secure and loved. If you were denied this as a child yourself and require help on how to connect with your child and become more demonstrative, please consider therapy so your children won't miss out on that crucial love and support every child needs and has a human right to."

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This Dad Is Doing Parenting The Right Way!

This Dad Is Doing Parenting The Right Way!

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7 months ago

I think his son got the message. When my son came out, I handled it well (I already knew) but his dad had a little trouble. My son actually asked if we still loved him. 😥 ❤️ ❤️

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One of the most bonding times Broadbent experiences with her own kids is when she reads to them at bedtime, a tradition which started when they were babies and has continued to this day, even though the fellas are already 10 and 8. "I relish in playing the different characters' voices and making the stories come alive for my kids," she said. "It's a time we are able to enjoy one another's company without distractions. I cuddle and kiss my kids a lot but I'm mindful that now that my son is 10, he doesn't want PDAs when I drop him off at school, for example, so I'm always respectful. It makes the odd hand holding extra special. Both of my sons know that they are enough and they are loved as I tell them every day, and in return, they are able to show love and care back."

Don't stress yourself with expensive gifts, Broadbent highlighted, those are not the things children will remember. "Consider the values you want your children to garner, not of materialism but connectivity, shared experiences, charity and empathy."

#4

Dad And Daughter Time

Dad And Daughter Time

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BusLady
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7 months ago

And he dresses up as well! Good for you, Dad.

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#5

This Dad, Who Never Promised You Maturity

This Dad, Who Never Promised You Maturity

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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7 months ago

This NEEDS to be higher!

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#6

Wholesome Graduation

Wholesome Graduation

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WilvanderHeijden
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7 months ago

Is this some American madness that I'm too European to understand?

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#7

It's Really Beautiful

It's Really Beautiful

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BusLady
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7 months ago

Beautiful message from beyond.

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#8

A Year Ago I Sent My Dad A Meme. Little Did I Know He Printed It, Dated It, Hand Laminated It, And Put It In His Office

A Year Ago I Sent My Dad A Meme. Little Did I Know He Printed It, Dated It, Hand Laminated It, And Put It In His Office

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JiminKimLip7
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7 months ago

That's so cute! That's definitely my favorite!

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#9

I Saw This Japanese Mom’s Amazing Cooking And Sent It To My Mom, Asked Her If She Could Make One For Me. I Was Just Joking Since I’m No Longer A Kid And Living In Another Continent Now. Two Hours Later She Replied With This Pic And Told Me She Will Be Practicing And Cook For Me When I Go Back Home

I Saw This Japanese Mom’s Amazing Cooking And Sent It To My Mom, Asked Her If She Could Make One For Me. I Was Just Joking Since I’m No Longer A Kid And Living In Another Continent Now. Two Hours Later She Replied With This Pic And Told Me She Will Be Practicing And Cook For Me When I Go Back Home

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BusLady
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7 months ago

Mom did a great job. So cute.

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#10

And This Dad Who Has Been Proud Of His Son's Work At Every Age

And This Dad Who Has Been Proud Of His Son's Work At Every Age

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Kyla Nicole Rivera
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7 months ago

awww, thats so sweet

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#11

And This Dad Who Sent A Hilariously Embarrassing Voice-Recorded Card To His Daughter

And This Dad Who Sent A Hilariously Embarrassing Voice-Recorded Card To His Daughter

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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7 months ago

I want this. I don't care if it's embarrassing

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#12

These Parents Who Made A Legit At-Home Blockbuster For Their Son

These Parents Who Made A Legit At-Home Blockbuster For Their Son

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Queasy
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7 months ago

Awwww

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#13

Very Shmol Dad

Very Shmol Dad

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7 months ago

I see he brought along his little helper.

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#14

Best Advice

Best Advice

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Lisa loves cats
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7 months ago

yes! believe in yourself! you can do it!

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#15

This Just Made My Day

This Just Made My Day

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7 months ago

This is so cute

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#16

Wholesome Dad

Wholesome Dad

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Pseudo Puppy
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7 months ago

OMG, that is so sweetly naive & courageous at the same time. <3

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#17

Life Goals

Life Goals

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BusLady
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7 months ago

Well, he never said he wasn't...

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#18

A Wholesome Dad

A Wholesome Dad

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K.
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7 months ago

-_- I felt that. Are most dads like this?

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#19

I’ve Been Having A Hard Time Bonding With And Getting My Daughter To Smile Lately. So I Finally Agreed To Let Her Give Me A Makeover And Her Smile Says It All

I’ve Been Having A Hard Time Bonding With And Getting My Daughter To Smile Lately. So I Finally Agreed To Let Her Give Me A Makeover And Her Smile Says It All

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Francis
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7 months ago

she got a great smile. and damn she got some make-up skills there too :D

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#20

Wholesome Dad

Wholesome Dad

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Zophra
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7 months ago

"I can't finish my homework...there's an elephant lying on my page."

Brigs
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7 months ago

I cannot get my tiny brain around how this is done, but what a great little Ellie

Carrot dude
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7 months ago

I want this so bad now

Kanrry Kang
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7 months ago

Whatever works. :)

glowworm2
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7 months ago

That is adorable! I want one!

Miyah Laliberte
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7 months ago

the elephant is sooo cute

Ms.GB
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7 months ago

Omg I want one!

Delancey
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7 months ago

Aww the elephant is so cute

serenagun
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7 months ago

i need this though

Whawhawhatsis
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7 months ago

The elephant is adorable -- but look at how perfect the OP's handwriting is! I guess you have to learn to write really neatly to make Japanese script readable. I am hugely envious, though, having nearly flunked handwriting most of my childhood years.

Pam Olson
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7 months ago

How precious!

tinker bell
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4 months ago

that is awesome good fro him

Madeline Rose
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5 months ago

idk

Mildred Thompson
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7 months ago

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Paige Garberding
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7 months ago

Great dad.

Mimi777
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7 months ago

I want one!! So cute!

WildBerry
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7 months ago

Very cute !!

Tugg Ster
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7 months ago

Omgeee the comments dissecting the material “wood”. Good gracious. 250+ comments about that...so missing the point. Hope YOU enjoy your elephant still. Ridiculously cute and thoughtful of your dad

Mishte Tine
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7 months ago

I want one.

Grace Marraffa
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7 months ago

How do you 3D print wood?

Rita Maneata
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7 months ago

This is definitely a dad. He has a 3D printer and uses it to bring joy.

Tyna Harrison
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7 months ago

I love it............

23AClark
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7 months ago

Awwwwwwwww ❤❤❤❤❤

The one and only
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7 months ago

AHAHHAHA THE CUTENESS-

Sawdust
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7 months ago

Video of a similar elephant being printed. Pretty cool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6VL1OQrebg

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#21

My Dad Is Adorable And His Bad Jokes Always Make Me Happy

My Dad Is Adorable And His Bad Jokes Always Make Me Happy

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7 months ago

Dad jokes are the best

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#22

This Mom Who Belted Out A Classic Song In Public Just To Cheer Up Her Kid

This Mom Who Belted Out A Classic Song In Public Just To Cheer Up Her Kid

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Pseudo Puppy
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7 months ago

yeah... I think you DO deserve her. <3

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#23

This Dad Who Overnighted Mangos To His Daughter Because She Forgot To Pack Them

This Dad Who Overnighted Mangos To His Daughter Because She Forgot To Pack Them

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varwenea
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7 months ago

That's Asian family love. We embrace this crazy!

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#24

This Is Amazing. A Mother's Love Is Truly Great

This Is Amazing. A Mother's Love Is Truly Great

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BusLady
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7 months ago

Ha ha, that mustache.

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#25

This Dad, Who Took What He Learned And Ran With It

This Dad, Who Took What He Learned And Ran With It

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Sara Rodrigues
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7 months ago

A pearl of wisdom!

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#26

My Dad Has Been Peeling Oranges For My Lunch Since Kindergarten & On My Last Day Of High School I Got This Instead

My Dad Has Been Peeling Oranges For My Lunch Since Kindergarten & On My Last Day Of High School I Got This Instead

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JiminKimLip7
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7 months ago

That's so sweet!

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#27

A Dad Who Firmly Believes In Solidarity

A Dad Who Firmly Believes In Solidarity

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BusLady
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7 months ago

I've never heard of those.

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#28

My Mom Found My Book In Her Local Library And I Can’t Get Over How Proud She Looks

My Mom Found My Book In Her Local Library And I Can’t Get Over How Proud She Looks

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BusLady
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7 months ago

I would be proud too.

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#29

My Mom Sent Me This Picture Of Her And Our Family Dog Showing Their Pride. It Made Me Smile To Know They Support And Love Me And The Lgbt Community!

My Mom Sent Me This Picture Of Her And Our Family Dog Showing Their Pride. It Made Me Smile To Know They Support And Love Me And The Lgbt Community!

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Zophra
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7 months ago

Dogs are naturally supportive!

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#30

Guys, My Mum Wants You All To Cheer Up And Look At Cute Babies

Guys, My Mum Wants You All To Cheer Up And Look At Cute Babies

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R L
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7 months ago

Supportive parent.

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#31

No Matter How Old, You're Always A Kid To Your Father.

No Matter How Old, You're Always A Kid To Your Father.

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K.
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7 months ago

I’ll be telling my mom I dress like The Schwarzenegger. So she can stop harassing me for choosing comfort lately.

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#32

This Mom And Gma Who Make Sure To Never Miss A Game

This Mom And Gma Who Make Sure To Never Miss A Game

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R L
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7 months ago

Proud gran :-)

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#33

Dad Who Sent His Daughter A Cake

Dad Who Sent His Daughter A Cake

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DEKU x TODOROKI
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7 months ago

oh no... here come the water works... :'(

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#34

Dad Builds A Stage Right On His Driveway To Host College Graduation For His Daughter

Dad Builds A Stage Right On His Driveway To Host College Graduation For His Daughter

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BusLady
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7 months ago

Complete with podium. Wow!

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#35

Heart Exploded

Heart Exploded

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Francis
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7 months ago

what evil person wouldn't drop the candy in her basket?? :') great idea

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#36

The Most Wholesome Parents

The Most Wholesome Parents

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7 months ago

I see a resemblance to his dad.

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#37

This Dad Who Praised His Daughter's Makeup Look

This Dad Who Praised His Daughter's Makeup Look

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Metaniel
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7 months ago (edited)

"yo annoying ass mama". Love it! 😂

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#38

My Mother-In-Law Set Up A Sweetheart Table For My Fiancée And I On What Was Supposed To Be Our Wedding Day

My Mother-In-Law Set Up A Sweetheart Table For My Fiancée And I On What Was Supposed To Be Our Wedding Day

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7 months ago (edited)

Awww, what a beautiful thing for her to do.

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#39

Wholesome 100!! Dad Made Custom Controller For Her Specialy Abled Daughter So She Could Play Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Wholesome 100!! Dad Made Custom Controller For Her Specialy Abled Daughter So She Could Play Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

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R L
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7 months ago

Impressive electronic skills

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#40

This Dad Who Was So Proud To Walk His Son To School No Matter His Son's Age

This Dad Who Was So Proud To Walk His Son To School No Matter His Son's Age

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BusLady
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7 months ago

Same hair, just longer.

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#41

My Mom Recently Moved In With Me. She Spent 30 Years Working In A Jewelry Store. I Needed A New Battery In My iPhone. She Immediately Looked Me In The Eye And Said “I Got This”. Welcome Home Mom. I Love You.

My Mom Recently Moved In With Me. She Spent 30 Years Working In A Jewelry Store. I Needed A New Battery In My iPhone. She Immediately Looked Me In The Eye And Said “I Got This”. Welcome Home Mom. I Love You.

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7 months ago

Crikey, what kind of battery does an iphone have? The one in my Samsung, anyone could replace - although I wouldn't expect it to ever need replacing.

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#42

My Daughter’s Entire 1st Grade Class Had A Virtual “Fort Night” Together To Celebrate The End Of The Year And Boy, Did Her Dad Deliver On The Fort Making

My Daughter’s Entire 1st Grade Class Had A Virtual “Fort Night” Together To Celebrate The End Of The Year And Boy, Did Her Dad Deliver On The Fort Making

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Francis
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7 months ago

the idea to celebrate the end of school year like this is so great. and her dad made a great fort

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#43

Ever Since I Came Out My Mom Has Sent Me Rainbow Hearts

Ever Since I Came Out My Mom Has Sent Me Rainbow Hearts

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7 months ago

If only all parents were this accepting :(

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#44

I Asked My Bar Guest What She Was Writing. Turns Out She Has 3 Daughters And She Writes 5 Lines A Day To Each Of Them. These Will Be Gifts When They Get Married One Day. Mom Of The Year

I Asked My Bar Guest What She Was Writing. Turns Out She Has 3 Daughters And She Writes 5 Lines A Day To Each Of Them. These Will Be Gifts When They Get Married One Day. Mom Of The Year

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7 months ago

What if they never get married? I feel we should stop using that as a mile marker of achievement in a woman's life.

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#45

She’s Got Great Chat, An Eye For Colour & This Only Cost Me £1.

She’s Got Great Chat, An Eye For Colour & This Only Cost Me £1.

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BusLady
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7 months ago

She got every toe.Pretty good for a nearly 3 year old.

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#46

My Son Broke His Wrist And It Extra Sucks Since We Are Stuck At Home For At Least Another Month. I Decorated His Cast And Now He Loves It And Is Super Happy To Finally Have A "Tattoo"

My Son Broke His Wrist And It Extra Sucks Since We Are Stuck At Home For At Least Another Month. I Decorated His Cast And Now He Loves It And Is Super Happy To Finally Have A "Tattoo"

I'm not an artist but am really proud of this.

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BusLady
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7 months ago

If you have to wear a cast, why not have fun with it? When I broke my foot, I asked for a pink one for Valentines Day. When they had to put on a second one, I asked for green for St. Patrick's.

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#47

And This Dad Who Sat In On His Daughter's Grad School Class Just To Embarrass Her

And This Dad Who Sat In On His Daughter's Grad School Class Just To Embarrass Her

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BusLady
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7 months ago

Dad has a great smile.

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#48

Really Wholesome Mom

Really Wholesome Mom

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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7 months ago

Definitely worth waking up for.

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#49

This Dad Who Took The Family Dog To A Motorcycle Event

This Dad Who Took The Family Dog To A Motorcycle Event

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BusLady
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7 months ago

Doggo looks like he's having the time of his life. Wearing his Doggles.

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#50

Middle School Lunch Period Is Hard So My Mom Wrote Me Encouraging Notes To Read At Lunch

Middle School Lunch Period Is Hard So My Mom Wrote Me Encouraging Notes To Read At Lunch

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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7 months ago

I love your eyebraows haha

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