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Today's Dads Aren't Who You Think They Are, And Thank Goodness For That

They're definitely not who the internet tells you they are.

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Today's dads aren't who you've been told they are.

Seriously — the overwhelming majority of today's dads look nothing like Homer or any other bumbling, ineffectual sitcom patriarch.
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Seriously — the overwhelming majority of today's dads look nothing like Homer or any other bumbling, ineffectual sitcom patriarch.

And despite what you see during the commercial breaks, today's dads are perfectly capable of handling things on their own.

Today's dads are also capable of shopping for their babies. In fact, they do it all the time no matter how many times people share this meme.

And tbh, there are WAY too many "dads stink at parenting" memes out there.
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And tbh, there are WAY too many "dads stink at parenting" memes out there.

Now you may be thinking, "it's just a little bit of fun," but it's not fun for involved dads to see.

This kind of thinking — also found on this popular baby shower gift — tells men even before their babies are born that they aren't cut out for parenting.

It also doesn't exactly encourage involved fatherhood, or teach young men to see parenting as something they should aspire to excel at.
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It also doesn't exactly encourage involved fatherhood, or teach young men to see parenting as something they should aspire to excel at.

So this Father's Day let's celebrate all of the things today's dads ARE doing for their families, which is a lot more than most people may realize!

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Today's dads do their kid's hair.

Check out this dad's hair skills in action here.
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Check out this dad's hair skills in action here.

And they let their kids do their hair.

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They cook for their families.

And pack their kids' lunches too.

This dad even turned packing his kids' lunches into an art form.
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This dad even turned packing his kids' lunches into an art form.

They change their kids' diapers (even when the world doesn't always make it easy to do so).

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And they take their kids grocery shopping (without doing anything meme-worthy).

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And do their families' laundry.

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They call it "parenting" when they're alone with their kids, not "babysitting" — no matter how many times people say, "Babysitting today?"

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They shower their kids with affection (and don't care if it goes against outdated macho ideals).

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They get up with their kids in the middle of the night.

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They read to their kids.

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And do a whole lot more. So let's hear it for today's dads!

And, uh, maybe stop sharing all of those uncool memes.
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And, uh, maybe stop sharing all of those uncool memes.

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