Nifty·Posted on Jun 11, 201419 Things Dads Do That You Won’t See In Popular CultureThis is what today's dads are really like.by Mike SpohrBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Change diapers. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com They even do it in public when they can't find a men's room with a changing table (which happens far too often). 2. Chauffeur their kids around. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Nowadays you see plenty of dads in the drop-off line at school, and nearly as many at pick-up. 3. Cook. Flickr: happykatie / Via Creative Commons A 2013 study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that on an average day, 41% of dads did food preparation or clean-up. 4. Dress their kids. Flickr: iamian_ / Via Creative Commons Dads know all too well what it's like to take their kids in public only to hear, "They look great! Who dressed them?" 5. Shower their kids with affection. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The uptight dad who can't tell his kids "I love you" might make a good character in a Lifetime movie, but today's dads make sure their kids know they're loved. 6. Get out of bed in the middle of the night. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Whether it's to feed the baby, soothe an older child back to sleep after a nightmare, or check up on a teenager, dads aren't snoring all night long. (I mean, they're probably snoring, but they're getting up too.) 7. Do their daughter's hair. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Anyone dare to make fun of this dad for doing it? Didn't think so. 8. Their daughter's nails too. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Whether it's hair or nails, more and more dads are doing this stuff to bond with their daughters and lessen the burden on their partner. 9. Clean. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Much like cooking, cleaning is a chore that more dads are sharing. 10. Handle the kid's baths. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Dads are cleaning the kids too. 11. Do the family laundry. Flickr: w5nyv / Via Creative Commons They don't ruin everything, either. 12. Volunteer at school. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com If they have to take off work to do it, they do. 13. Be stay-at-home dads by choice. Flickr: eastbayjay / Via Creative Commons And not because they can't find a job. 14. Do just fine when parenting solo. Flickr: pamwood707 / Via Creative Commons Parenting with a partner is terrific, but dads are perfectly capable of taking the kids out all by themselves. 15. Care about their kid's emotional well-being. Flickr: theloushe / Via Creative Commons Today's dads are able to physically comfort their kids, and not just give them advice while smoking a pipe like Ward Cleaver. 16. Appreciate their kid's mother. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Conflict is what drives drama, so it makes sense that moms and dads are at odds in many films and TV shows. In reality, though, dads understand and appreciate the monumental role mothers play in their children's lives. 17. Worry about whether they're doing a good job. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Buffoonish dads like Homer Simpson may not reflect on the job they're doing as a parent, but today's dads definitely do. 18. Put family first. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com In a Today show survey, 75% of dads polled said that being a dad was their most important job. 19. Get emotional. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via photographer: scobeyphotography.com The stoic, emotionally unavailable dad is a lot less common among today's dads than it is in the media. Dads love their kids, and if that means they show a little emotion now and again, they're perfectly fine with that. Are you a parent looking for a little help figuring things out? Sign up for the BuzzFeed Parents newsletter!