The Best Part of Being a Father

These dads would argue that every day is Father's Day when they get to spend time with their kids. Here are their favorite moments.

What Dads Love

A Kid Again

Dad holds baby in his arms facing him, smiling

I love that fatherhood has brought me back to all those simple pleasures I had long forgotten. I can now hold my own during a tea party and sing the words to hundreds of toddler tunes. I'm also proud to say the joys of playing hide-and-seek and follow the leader have finally returned to me as a 47-year-old man.
-- Rick, Plainfield, New Hampshire

    Funny Talk

    The best part about being a father is receiving an unexpected call at work from my toddler. Even though I'm an hour away, I feel so close to my son while we talk. Sitting there, listening to him loudly blow raspberries and laughing into the phone always gives me a much-needed chuckle.
    -- Adam, Stow, Ohio

      Family Time

      Sometimes on Saturday mornings, my wife and I will place our toddler in bed between us and have some family cuddle time. I love it when our daughter crawls over to me, gives me a hug, and lays her little head on my shoulder.
      -- Jim, Taylorsville, Kentucky

        Early Riser

        I wake up to the sound of my daughter's voice on the baby monitor, at an hour way too early for me to ever consider rising on my own. I love entering her room and seeing the look of joy on her face as she smiles at me. I get such pleasure knowing she recognizes me as her father.
        -- James, Maspeth, New York

          Learning Experiences

          My favorite part of being a new father is watching my daughter grow and learn. I love being a witness to all her new lessons and discoveries.
          -- Scott, Crestview, Florida

            More Dad Favorites

            Sleeping Beauty

            It doesn't matter if it's three o'clock in the afternoon or three o'clock in the morning, whenever my 7-month-old daughter falls asleep on my chest, I can't help but feel a complete sense of awe at what I helped create.
            -- Stephen, Fishers, Indiana

              Giggle Girl

              The best part of being a father is hearing my baby laugh when I tickle her. Her big and hearty chuckle just warms my heart!
              -- Clint, Tooele, Utah

                Happy Days

                Each night when I get home from work, my 2-year-old son runs to greet me with a big hug and kiss. No matter how bad a day I've had, his reception always makes me feel better.
                -- John, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

                  Sweet Silence

                  Each morning after I wake, I pick up my 7-month-old son and, before we do anything, I hug him for a full minute in complete silence. This intimate time we share each day is sacred and one of my favorite parts of being his dad.
                  -- Frank, Omaha, Nebraska

                  Originally published in American Baby magazine, June 2005.