Parenting

31 Beautiful Photos That Show What Single Fatherhood Really Looks Like

02/20/2015 08:40am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

In 1960, about 14 percent of single parent households were headed by dads. Today, that figure is up to 24 percent, according to a Pew report.

That increase has been attributed to both the rise of divorce rates and non-marital births since 1960, but also is a sign of fathers' changing role in society. In everyday life, the title of Single Father means "being a best friend, a hero, a teacher, a listener and a shoulder to cry on," according to dad Josh Porter. Alfredo Rodriguez adds, "It means that all pictures of us together are selfies. Otherwise I'm never in the picture."

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Roberto Ramírez
When you play both roles in a child's life, sometimes you have to look the part.
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Karone Edge
Being that one special person who lights up her eyes when I come home from work. No matter how tired and sleepy I am it makes my day to stay up and read to her and play with her until she's ready for bed. It's a lot of work but I wouldn't trade my angel for anything in the world!
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Lucas Lockwood
They are a part of who I am. Always present.
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Robert Earls
It means lots of laughter, plenty of hugs, and routine.
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Alfredo Rodriguez
It means that all pictures of us together are selfies. Otherwise I'm never in the picture.
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Eric Williams
It means being there for your kids no matter what.
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Ryan Mahar
Getting to enjoy life without petty stress and be able to enjoy more, rather than thinking it's over.
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Tim Groshong
Letting your daughter paint your nails because that's what she likes to do.
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Miso Grey
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Simon Lesmo
It means fun and hard work (lots of hard work) rolled into one, 24/7.
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Chris Robison
Being a single dad of three girls means tears, laughs, arguments, knots in hair, goofy selfies, misunderstandings, marathon "Monster High" watching and clothes.
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Mazi Merritt
My lil' man.
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Jon Vaughn
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Felix Herrera
It means living my life so my daughter feels happy and loved.
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Charlie Kramer
I’ve been my daughter's only parent since her mom died in 2011. What a gift to be the father of this amazing girl. I teach her love, strength, resilience, persistence. She teaches me the same things.
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Josh Porter
Being a single father is being a best friend, a hero, a teache,r a listener, a shoulder to cry on, kissing boo-boos away and LEARNING.
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Matthew Brown
Being her everything.
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Adam Howton
Being a single father isn't an easy job. I have three amazing kids and while I was single their smiles made everything worthwhile and let me know I was doing the right thing and made me want to be the best dad I could be.
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Jonathan Fried
At times it can get tough not having the other partner to help or be a part of there life but I do everything I can to keep them smiling. When you're having a tough day and you see those boys smile and say "Daddy, I love you" will always turn your day around.
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David Cassanova
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Dan Jozic
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Patrick J Keating
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John Ligouri III
Spending time with my boys. That's what's important.
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Brandon Vargas
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Eric Edr Dorn
My daughter has made me 100 times the man I was. In all aspects! She's my "why" in life for sure!
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Raymond Dufresne Hsc
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Floyd Felix Ortiz
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David Combs
For me it means lots of love in the few days I do get with her. Love, hugs, kisses, cuddles and lots and lots of tears when she goes back to her mother.
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Steve Pownell
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Joe Zumbo
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Anil Mani
If ever I had to do it all again, I would. He made be proud by his achievements in all the sporting events he excelled in. And now, he has made me proud by completing his MBA.
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