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    Posted on Feb 3, 2014

    23 Moments That Make Being A Dad Totally Worth It

    Anyone can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a dad.

    1. Meeting your child for the first time.

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    It's truly magical.

    2. Late night feedings.

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    When all of the world is asleep except for you and your baby your heart swells in the most incredible of ways.

    3. The first steps.

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    It's awe-inspiring to see your child go from a baby blob to an actual, walking person.

    4. Holding hands.

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    There's nothing quite like that little hand in yours.

    5. Coming home.

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    Seeing your kids shout "Dad!" as they sprint to the front door is the purest of joys.

    6. When your child turns to you for comfort.

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    Being able to right whatever is wrong? Awesome.

    7. Sharing ice cream.

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    It's so much more than just ice cream.

    8. Cuddles.

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    Every single one.

    9. When your child is your little mini-me.

    10. And when they amaze you by excelling at something you never could.

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    11. Being presented with a special drawing.

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    12. When they make you laugh.

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    Kids are freaking hilarious.

    13. Enjoying a movie together.

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    The movies are rarely any good but you don't care one bit.

    14. Watching your child find their star quality.

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    15. And their competitor within.

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    Even if it usually happens at an ungodly hour.

    16. Sharing something you love.

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    Introducing your little Robin to Batman (or Star Wars, baseball, rock n' roll, pizza, etc.) is a thrill.

    17. Celebrating the holidays.

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    You get to experience the magic all over again.

    18. When you become your child's teacher.

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    19. And, in turn, when they become yours.

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    20. Watching your child do good for others.

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    It's extra gratifying when someone compliments you on what a good kid you have.

    21. When your child comes to you for advice.

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    Especially when you're able to help them because you've been there yourself.

    22. Seeing your child become an adult who accomplishes something.

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    23. And when you realize that all your hard work and sacrifice mean you're always there for those you love most.

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