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5 celebrity dads who prove fathers aren't babysitters—they're parents

Dads spend three times as much time with their kids than previous generations.

celeb dads who prove fathers aren't babysitters
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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."

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

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

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

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

Plan Toys balance board

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.

$30

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

Plan Toys mini golf set

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

Janod retro scooter balance bike

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.

$45

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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Becoming a mother has been life-changing. It's been hard, tiring, gratifying, beautiful, challenging, scary and a thousand other things that only a parent would ever understand.

It is these life-changing experiences that have inspired me to draw my everyday life as a stay at home mom. Whether it's the mundane tasks like doing laundry or the exciting moments of James', my baby boy's, first steps, I want to put it down on paper so that I can better cherish these fleeting moments that are often overlooked.

Being a stay-at-home-mom can be incredibly lonely. I like to think that by drawing life's simple moments, I can connect with other mothers and help them feel less alone. By doing this, I feel less alone, too. It's a win-win situation and I have been able to connect with many lovely parents and fellow parent-illustrators through my Instagram account.

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