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10 celebrity dads celebrating their first Father's Day today

Joshua Jackson, Benji Madden + Usain Bolt are among the new dads being honored today.

10 celebrity dads celebrating their first Father's Day today

The first year of fatherhood goes by so fast, and we hope that all the dads who are celebrating their first Father's Day today can take some time to slow down and reflect on their new role as Dad.

These guys deserve congratulations, and we know they're working hard. Today's dads spend 3 times as much time with their kids than previous generations, and the pandemic has brought them even closer to their children.

Celebrities are no exception and we're so happy for the famous men who are celebrating their very first Father's Day this year.

Here are the new celeb dads getting Father's Day cards for the first time in 2020:

Joshua Jackson

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Joshua Jackson recently welcomed a baby with his wife, Jodie Turner-Smith.

"Thank you for making me a father. For trusting me enough to embark on this journey together. I am humbled more and more every day by that." Jackson wrote to Turner-Smith in an Instagram post on Mother's Day.

He says having other parents to turn to has helped him in the earliest days of fatherhood.

While promoting Little Fires Everywhere he was asked about his relationships with costars Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.

"I was going through a pretty significant change during the show: I found out my wife was pregnant," Jackson told the Hollywood Reporter. "So having a collection of supermoms around me helped with everything from finding doctors to baby clothes to 'what to expect' advice."

Jay Ellis 

Insecure star Jay Ellis is celebrating his first Father's Day this year with daughter Nora Grace Ellis (who was born in November) and his wife, Nina Senicar.

"When you're pushed to the limits, whether it's personally…with a baby, and you're up all night, or whether it's with work, you start to realize your limits aren't what you thought they were," the actor told Essence.

"You get tired and you break down. You need a nap, you might cry, want to be held, whatever it is. But mentally and physically, you're probably stronger than what you actually thought you were," he adds. "That's one of the biggest things that I took away from it: I can do this. This is going to hurt. My eyes are going to burn because I'm tired, but I can actually do it, and nothing has to suffer. I didn't want to not be there for my baby. I wanted as much chest-to-chest time as I could get. I wanted all the bottles. I wanted all the diapers."

Usain Bolt

Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt and his partner Kasi Bennett welcomed their first child, a daughter, in May.

"I'm excited, but I'm nervous," Bolt said back before the baby was born.

The 33-year-old new dad has also told reporters he'd like to add to the family eventually and thinks 3 children would be a good fit.

Baby Bolt may have siblings to share future Father's Days with!

Rupert Grint 

Former Harry Potter star Rupert Grint plays an uncle on Apple TV's series Servant, but he became a dad in real life earlier this year.

Grint and his partner, actor Georgia Groome, welcomed a baby girl back in May and Grint's Harry costar Danielle Radcliffe noted in interviews how happy he was for Grint, but how strange it was to think of his friends as being old enough to have families.

For Grint it wasn't weird at all. In 2018 he told The Guardian, "I'd like to settle down and have kids soon."

Now the 31-year-old has done both.

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper became a dad in April and described the experience as "a dream come true".

"When I was 12 years old and knew I was gay and thought about my life, it always upset me because I thought, 'I will never be able to have a kid,'" he told People.

"It feels like my life has actually begun...And I sort of wonder, what was I waiting for? This is a new level of love. It's unlike anything I've experienced, and yet it's also very familiar and incredibly special and intimate. It's really extraordinary."

Wyatt Morgan Cooper is one lucky little baby.

Benji Madden 

Back in January Good Charlotte's Benji Madden became a father, welcomcing daughter Raddix with his wife, Cameron Diaz.

"We are so happy, blessed and grateful to begin this new decade by announcing the birth of our daughter, Raddix Madden. She has instantly captured our hearts and completed our family."

The couple has chosen not to post any pictures of their daughter on social media as they "feel a strong instinct to protect our little one's privacy."

Johnny Galecki 

Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki became a father in late 2019 welcoming a child with his partner, Alaina Marie Meyer.

Back in January Galecki explained his thoughts new fatherhood through a simple Instagram caption, calling it "a feeling beyond any words".

Kane Brown 

Country singer Kane Brown is celebrating his first Father's Day this year. Brown and his wife Katelyn Jae welcomed baby girl Kingsley Rose Brown in October.

"I think the best thing about being a father is just watching my daughter grow and get a personality," Brown is quoted by Country Now.

He continued: "Right now it's just watching her personality come in."

Quentin Tarantino

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and his wife Daniella Pick welcomed a son named Leo back in February.

Years earlier, in 2015, Tarantino opened up to Entertainment Weekly about his plans for fatherhood and films.

"There was a time about 13 years ago that I had a baby fever, that I really thought about having kids," said Tarantino. "Usually, it's a situation like that where somebody very close to you has a kid, and you kind of experience vicariously though them the joy of a child, and the joy of the love of a child. And I was thinking about it a lot. And I was getting a lot of encouragement in thinking about it, in so far as people telling me what I great father I would be. And that was very moving."

Steve Kazee

When Jenna Dewan and Steve Kazee welcomed their son Callum in March Kazee became a dad for the first time. Dewan had an advantage when it comes to babies, as she shares 7-year-old daughter Everly with her ex-husband, Channing Tatum.

But Kazee has quickly adapted to fatherhood, according to Dewan, who noted on Instagram: "Seeing you become a father is one of the greatest things I've ever witnessed. The depth of emotion you feel, the love you share, the insane ability you have to do it ALL for all of us..we are so lucky."


A very important letter for new mamas

Listen, mom-guilt is a dirty liar. Yes, it's your job to fill your little human's needs, but you matter too. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Hang out with friends, take a drive blaring 90's hip hop or shower without interruptions—trust me, you'll be a better person (and mom) because of it.

Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

You will not be perfect at parenting.

Boom.

I have yet to meet a perfect mother, but when I do, she's going to be a tiger who is insanely good at making up songs. (Daniel Tiger's mom, we salute you.)

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They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

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Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

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Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

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Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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A few years ago, while my wife's baby bump got bigger and my daddy reading list grew longer, I felt cautiously optimistic that this parenthood thing would, somehow, suddenly click one day. The baby would come, instincts would kick in, and the transition from established couple to a new family would be tiring but not baffling.

Boy was I wrong.

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