11 Men Reveal What They Love Best About Being a Dad

11 Men Reveal What They Love Best About Being a Dad

Men tell us what they absolutely love the most about being a father.

By Judy Koutsky

There’s something special about seeing a man with his kids. I love seeing my husband with our two boys. It doesn’t matter if it’s as simple as picking the kids up from school or spending some quality “guy” time coaching soccer.

We couldn’t help but wonder what dads think about their time with their kids. So we asked 12 men to share what they love the most about fatherhood.

1. “I love school performances. There’s nothing like seeing my kids on stage -- shy, nervous, and also super excited -- and then, that little wave and big smile when they spot me in the crowd.” -- Marty B., St. Louis, Missouri

2. “I know it is quintessential dad stuff, but I love Little League. I have three boys, and I’ve been the coach for each of them. It’s just the best.” -- Stan K., New York City

3. “My wife and I had a hard time getting pregnant, so we ended up adopting. It took us years, but we now have the perfect little girl. Just seeing her smile at me each morning when she calls out ‘Da-Da’ from the crib feels like a million bucks.” -- Joseph B., Salt Lake City, Utah

4. “Kids can be exhausting, but so rewarding. I’ve been working with my 5-year-old on reading every single night, and then, suddenly he read his first two words. I was ecstatic. All that effort, all that energy, all that work – 100 percent worth it.” -- Michal Z., New York City

5. “My little one is a total daddy’s girl. I love sitting in her princess room, on her pink and purple sheet, under her canopy bed reading the same princess book – for the 100th time. It never gets old, for either of us.” -- Jack B., Washington, D.C.

6. “Playing in the snow. We live in upstate New York and we get plenty of snow. I love taking the kids sledding, building snow families, and getting into some competitive snow-ball fights.” -- Alex B., Albany, New York

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7. “I’m an engineer, and my son is totally following in my footsteps. He’s only 6, but he’s super precise when he builds towers, paints pictures, or does his homework. Seeing his analytical mind at work makes me proud.” -- Matthew R., Austin, Texas


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8. “My daughter is a super jock -- hockey, lacrosse, soccer. I go to all her [games], and I’m the one in the front row cheering her on. It’s the best feeling watching her in action.” -- Mike S., San Diego, California

9. “Doing homework with my oldest daughter. I know that sounds strange. She’s had a rough go of school, then, in third grade, things just clicked. I make sure to get home from work at a decent hour, so I can over her reading and math problems. I’m so proud of the progress she’s made.” -- Dan C., Chicago, Illinois

10. “I have twins -- a boy and a girl -- and they are drastically different. But I love seeing them interact. Even though they have opposite interests (she’s into ballet, he’s into T-ball), when they play in our basement together, it just works. Whether it’s playing house or Cops and Robbers, they just seem to enjoy each other’s company. Watching them interact is the best part about being a dad.” -- Rick C., Seattle, Washington

11. “I’m a stay-at-home dad to four kids. My wife works crazy hours, so I’m all in: school, homework, dinner, activities. I feel really lucky to be able to experience all the ups and downs they have. From talking to my oldest son about why a girl doesn’t like him, to helping my youngest daughter navigate the politics of kindergarten, I feel like I’m having an impact on them every day. It’s amazing.” -- Jonathon D., Spokane, Washington

What is your husband’s favorite part of fatherhood?

Judy Koutsky is the former Editorial Director of KIWI magazine, a green parenting publication. She was also Executive Editor of Parenting.com, AOL Parent and BabyTalk.com. Follow her on Twitter @JudyKoutsky.

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