+

Quick, what are the first thoughts that come to mind when you think about dads?

Lazy?


GIF from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

Clueless?

Yikes, let's hope not, because that couldn't be further from the truth.

For starters, many modern dads are loving, nurturing, attentive, and intrinsically motivated to be helpful.

When our babies decide to, you know, empty themselves on themselves, we jump on top of those dirty diapers faster than a linebacker jumps on a fumble in the end zone.

Why? It's not because we want to be fair to our spouses. It's simply because we want to.

So is that a big deal? Not really.

The beauty of fatherhood today is we (modern dads) have zero interest in winning awards for doing what we're supposed to do as parents, but we definitely want the world to know that we exist.

Dads do care. See how these 13 men demonstrate how they embrace the role of "dad."

1. We have the tools to get the job done.

All photos are used from the Daddy Doin' Work Instagram feed with permission.

2. We're always up for a game of peekaboo.


3. We handle the grocery shopping.


4. We believe in love at first sight.

5. We speak the truth.


6. We know that blood isn't as strong as love.


7. We know exactly how to unwind after a long day.


8. We follow directions.


9. We know that the lines between work and play are often blurred.

10. We know that saying goodbye to our kids is never easy.


11. We're creative.


12. We know that our bodies serve as excellent pillows.


13. We cherish every moment. Especially the quiet ones.

The way we do things may not be “mom's way" or even the “right way," but it's our way.

No matter how you slice it, the world is a better place because of the dads who strive to do the best they can for the tiny humans in their lives.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

Keep ReadingShow less
Democracy

The Onion filed a Supreme Court brief. It's both hilariously serious and seriously hilarious.

Who else could call the judiciary 'total Latin dorks' while making a legitimate point?

The Onion's Supreme Court brief uses parody to defend parody.

Political satire and parody have been around for at least 2,400 years, as ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes satirized the way Athenian leaders conducted the Peloponnesian War and parodied the dramatic styles of his contemporaries, Aeschylus and Euripides.

Satire and parody are used to poke fun and highlight issues, using mimicry and sarcasm to create comedic biting commentary. No modern outlet has been more prolific on this front than The Onion, and the popular satirical news site is defending parody as a vital free speech issue in a legal filing with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The filing is, as one might expect from The Onion, as brilliantly hilarious as it is serious, using the same satirical style it's defending in the crafting of the brief itself.

Keep ReadingShow less

She's enjoying the big benefits of some simple life hacks.

James Clear’s landmark book “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” has sold more than 9 million copies worldwide. The book is incredibly popular because it has a simple message that can help everyone. We can develop habits that increase our productivity and success by making small changes to our daily routines.

"It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis,” James Clear writes. “It is only when looking back 2 or 5 or 10 years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent.”

His work proves that we don’t need to move mountains to improve ourselves, just get 1% better every day.

Most of us are reluctant to change because breaking old habits and starting new ones can be hard. However, there are a lot of incredibly easy habits we can develop that can add up to monumental changes.

Keep ReadingShow less