For many men, becoming a father is one of the most defining moments in life. They make it their mission to be the best parents they can be, to protect, provide and raise their kids.

Today, dads spend three times as much time with their kids than previous generations so it’s time we stop saying they’re just mom’s babysitter or helper —they are her partner or co-parent .

These are our favorite celeb dads who prove that dads can do the fun stuff and the fundamentals.

Carlos PenaVega

Carlos PenaVega, a former actor in the Nickelodeon hit series Big Time Rush, is an avid father to his two sons Ocean and Kingston.

After the birth of his youngest son, Kingston, in 2019, PenaVega has used his Instagram to showcase the important moments of fatherhood, including snapping photos for memories.

“I had to tell him it was our dog’s birthday to get him to take these photos so I guess today is Sasha’s “unofficial” birthday. #happybirthdaysasha,’ the actor captioned the photo.

Russel Wilson

Russel Wilson, football quarterback and husband to Ciara, is a father of two kids and awaiting another boy soon. In an issue of British Vogue , his wife implies the importance of having a positive father figure for kids.

“Your son gets to see how his dad treats a woman, and your daughter gets to see how you are loved,” the stardom singer said. “I’m a daddy’s girl, and my dad’s love is what saved me in situations in my life when I could have taken a left turn.”

In this picture , Wilson is sharing an elated moment with his daughter Sienna and stepson Future at their family’s gender reveal, showing that this dad always puts family first. “No caption needed,” Wilson wrote under the heartfelt family photo.

Steve Kazee

Actor and singer Steve Kazee is reaping all the benefits of fatherhood, cherishing every second of it. After welcoming his first child with wife Jenna Dewan in March, Kazee has been nothing short of proud and lucky.

He shared this photo with his 4-month-old son on Instagram, writing a lengthy caption to express his love for Callum and his lifelong commitment to fatherhood.

“This little heart. It gives me everything and I promise to give it my everything to make sure that it beats as loud and shines as bright as this little heart can,” Kazee captioned the sweet photo.

James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek took to Instagram to share his awe with his youngest daughter, 2-year-old Gwendolyn. “It helps to know who’s boss,” James captioned the adorable photo with him supporting his daughter on his neck.

After his wife experienced a miscarriage last month, James shared a raw social media post about the focus on healing broken hearts and staying open.

“How can we take better care of each other?” said Beek. “To all the families who have gone through this… you are not alone”.

In supporting his family through their heartbreak, James is remaining a strong father who is fully invested in making sure his family feels love in the midst of all obstacles.

Steph Curry

Steph Curry, the all-star athlete and husband to chef Ayesha Curry, proves that being a parent is your me-time. After sustaining an injury back in March, Steph told E! News his joy with having more time to spend with his kids.

“Do all the stuff that I’d always wanted to do, like take ’em to school, pick ’em up, go to all the extracurricular activities,” said the athlete. “My daughters are horseback riding, playing soccer. Just being at every event without any excuse like, ‘Oh I gotta be somewhere,’ or having to be on a road trip and stuff.”