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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