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.

This article originally appeared on November 11, 2015


Remember those beloved Richard Scarry books from when you were a kid?

Like a lot of people, I grew up reading them. And now, I read them to my kids.

The best!

If that doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this character from the "Busytown" series will. Classic!

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Scarry was an incredibly prolific children's author and illustrator. He created over 250 books during his career. His books were loved across the world — over 100 million were sold in many languages.

But here's something you may not have known about these classics: They've been slowly changing over the years.

Don't panic! They've been changing in a good way.

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Any time conversations about wealth and poverty come up, people inevitably start talking about boots.

The standard phrase that comes up is "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," which is usually shorthand for "work harder and don't ask for or expect help." (The fact that the phrase was originally used sarcastically because pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps is literally, physically impossible is rarely acknowledged, but c'est la vie.) The idea that people who build wealth do so because they individually work harder than poor people is baked into the American consciousness and wrapped up in the ideal of the American dream.

A different take on boots and building wealth, however, paints a more accurate picture of what it takes to get out of poverty.

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"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) and actor Peter Dinklage.

On Tuesday, Upworthy reported that actor Peter Dinklage was unhappy with Disney’s decision to move forward with a live-action version of “Snow White and the Seven Drawfs” starring Rachel Zegler.

Dinklage praised Disney’s inclusive casting of the “West Side Story” actress, whose mother is of Colombian descent, but pointed out that, at the same time, the company was making a film that promotes damaging stereotypes about people with dwarfism.

"There's a lot of hypocrisy going on, I've gotta say, from being somebody who's a little bit unique," Dinklage told Marc Maron on his “WTF” podcast.

"Well, you know, it's really progressive to cast a—literally no offense to anybody, but I was a little taken aback by, they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White," Dinklage said, "but you're still telling the story of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' Take a step back and look at what you're doing there.”

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