In today's society, it's evident any man can father a kid, few are willing to take up the responsibility to become a dad. Children don’t care who you are, what you do or who you know all they need is their daddy. The role of a dad in a child’s life is very important. Dads are disciplinarians, protectors, providers, playmates, friends, and teachers.
A study done by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore found that “children who have active fathers learn better, have high self-esteem and show fewer signs of depression than children without fathers.” Children with supportive fathers feel more socially accepted than children without fathers
In the early days, parenting was left for the moms, as the dads went on to provide for the family. But, the 21stcentury dads have turned the tables and proven they can provide for the family, as well as play an active role in their children’s lives. These celeb dads have invested in their children not just financially but also emotionally. They are there for their kid’s special days and events. They treat their mothers with respect, care, and love.
These celeb dads take time off their busy schedules to go on vacation with their kids, be goofy, play soccer and be there on their special days like birthdays, soccer games etc. They spend quality time with their kids and isn’t that what matters most to a child?
20 44th President, But #1 Dad: Barack Obama
As the 44thPresident of the United States of America, we could not stop admiring him for the family values he upheld. Former President, Barack Obama is the father of 2 special young ladies, Malia and Sasha. He became a perfect example of a family man, and more so, a dad. His daughters were the center of it all he did and he was there to proudly show it off. As a father, with the busiest schedule on planet earth, he became a perfect example of what fathers should strive to be.
One of my favorite quotes about fatherhood Barack Obama stated was,
“What I’ve realized is that life doesn’t count for much unless you’re willing to do your small part to leave our children — all of our children — a better world. Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.”
From the beginning, we saw him out with his daughters, as he engaged in fun activities with them. It was not always fun and games for the girls, but they were also taught to be responsible young women. Sasha and Malia were raised with class and grace.
19 Brad Pitt's Clan Of Kids
Brad Pitt is one of the world's most renown actors and film producers, in Hollywood. After his scandalous divorce with his ex-wife, Angelina Jolie, the world was left with the uncertainty of his adorable kids and what his custody would look like. However, Angelina and Brad chose to protect their children first and foremost.
“The beauty of being a parent is realizing when you need help and taking it to better yourself.” Brad Pitt has been quoted to say.
Brad's divorce has not been amicable, although he is still doing his best to spend time with the kids and making the best out of a devastating situation. According to Us Weekly, Brad has been seeing the kids a few times a week and enjoys having private moments with them away from public scrutiny. He is protecting his kids from any form of negative language and public outburst. We have seen him out with his kids, especially for big award events, as they get to see what daddy does. He has also been going to therapy to better himself as a person and as a father.
18 David Beckham Fathers A Mini Soccer Team
David Beckham is a former English premier league football player and a father to four kids, Brooklyn, Cruz, Romeo and Harper. David has been spotted continuously posting adorable pictures of him and his children on social media, proudly showing them off and capturing the fun activities they are doing together.
"Being away from the children and my wife Victoria is hard but I have to make the sacrifice for me to be able to work."He said in a recent interview with CNN-SPORT.
He is doing what he has to do to provide for his children's current and future well-being. Luckily for the kids, when he is around, he definitely makes the best of his time with them. David took to Instagram to share videos of him and his children snowboarding, shortly after coming back on holiday. David has proved time and time again that he is a professional player on the field, but when it comes to his family, anything goes to make them happy and feel special. He is a playful dad and ready to get dirty for his kids.
17 Usher Said "Yeah!" Twice
Usher is an actor, singer, songwriter, dancer and a father to two boys, Naviyd Ely and Usher Raymond V. During the birth of his son Usher Raymond V, he told RWDmag.com,
“I couldn’t hold the tears, it was one of the most real tears ever.”
In 2017, he attended his son’s graduation and was there to celebrate his success together with his ex-wife. According to People.com, in 2016 Usher decided to take a break from his famous life, after finishing one of his movie projects to focus on his kids and personal life. He tends to be very busy with the projects that take him all over the world but he sometimes travels with the kids and spends some quality time together, in between projects.
During one of his visits in Italy, they enjoyed a hot air balloon ride, together, with his boys and his then-wife, Grace Miguel. However, Usher is not one to post his children on social media, but when we do spot them, it is well worth the wait. We must give it to Usher, after all the controversy, he still manages to keep his children out of the public eye.
16 Ben Affleck Shields His Kids From The Scandals
Heartthrob, Ben Affleck, is an actor, filmmaker, director, screenwriter and a father to three mini-heartthrobs, Violet, Samuel, and Seraphina. Last year, Ben was making scandalous headlines but one great thing stood out, his willingness to change positively for the sake of his children.
'I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step.” Ben said to Today.com
After his divorce to wife, Jennifer Garner, in June 2015, the pair decided to keep the drama away from their home and do what was best for their children. Ben has been spending a lot of time with the children, especially on special days. He was able to spend time with them for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
In November 2017, he took Violet and Seraphina out on a father-daughter date to watch Hamilton, at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. The girls were all dressed up to spend the day with their dad.
15 Will Smith Is A Father Of 3 Grown Children
Will Smith is a famously known actor, producer, songwriter, rapper, comedian and a father to two teenagers and an adult, Trey, Jaden, and Willow. Over the years, Will has received criticism and backlash about his parenting skills. Being a famous celeb dad and having famous celeb kids is a lot to juggle, but as he says, he’s happy with how his kids turned out.
In a 2013 interview, Will said he doesn't punish his kids but he makes them responsible for their actions. He has encouraged his kids to express themselves openly, without him getting in the way. That's probably why his kids are among some of the best actors we have. He loves spending time with his children and, most of the time, they attend events together. He has given them the freedom to be who they want to be and, along the way, fully supports them. Though the kids are all grown up and have moved out, they are closer than ever.
14 Seal's An Active Father
Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, also known as Seal, is a singer, songwriter and a father of four gorgeous kids, Helene, Lou, Johan, and Henry. After his divorce with his then-wife, Heidi Klum, Seal decided on making their divorce as civilized as possible, for the sake of his children. He has been photographed, on several occasions, with his children having a grand old time whether they're eating ice cream together, taking a walk in the park or participating in sporting games together.
In a world full of people, only some want to fly. Isn't that crazy?" Seal has been quoted to say.
In 2016, together with his ex-wife, they took the kids to one of their favorite ski resorts in Aspen Colorado. At the resort, he was spotted being affectionate to his kids and enjoying the slopes with them. He isn’t afraid to be playful. He has taught his children good manners and even restricted certain unflattering words from their home. Seal also taught them to be respectful at all times. He has also protected his kids from the media by keeping them away from the public outburst, especially when he was going through his divorce.
13 Matt Damon Is Outdaughtered
Matt Damon is an actor, screenwriter, philanthropist, film producer and a father to four daughters, Alexia, Isabella, Gia, and Stella. He loves to travel to various places with his daughters, as a way of exposing them to different lifestyles, cultures, and languages. It is a way for them to learn how to appreciate what they have and become aware of different surroundings.
“The more famous you are the free items people send to you which is weird.” Matt was quoted to say, in an interview with Today magazine.
But, he has taught his children not to want for things as they already have everything they need. He believes his daughter should give some of their belongings to the people who need it most. Matt pointed out that’s how he avoids raising spoiled children. He has set a positive example to his daughters by actively participating in giving back to the community. He has also taken time to teach his kids about boundaries for their bodies and making them aware of what is happening around them.
12 John Legend Takes Luna Along For The Ride
John Legend is a singer, songwriter, musician, actor and a father to Luna, and another baby on the way. As a singer, he often finds himself on tour. However, most of the time, he brings along his cheeky daughter, Luna, and his gorgeous wife, Chrissy Teigen.
During an interview with Fatherly.com, he revealed the longest he has been away from daughter Luna, was a month.
When he is not on tour, he sees his daughter every day. John revealed he loves playing music and dancing with his baby. He is not a believer that a woman should be the one doing female-objectified tasks, so he also gets involved in it all. On Father’s Day, his wife tweeted such an adorable message to him. The message was clear that John is such an incredible father and that he enjoys taking care of his daughter. He loves going on vacations with his daughter and seeing her learn new words. One of the sweetest things he did is making his daughter the star for his music video for "Love Me Now."
11 Scott Disick Keeps Up With Three Kids
Scott Disick, also known as Mr. Kourtney Kardashian, is a TV personality and a father to three kids, Penelope, Mason, and Reign. We first met Scott through the Keeping Up With The Kardashians, as Kourtney's on-and-off-again boyfriend. He has had to deal with a lot of personal struggles over the years, but he was always present in all his kids birthdays and special events. He told People magazine,
"You learn as you go. There’s no real advice you can give anybody, and if anybody says there is, they’re lying. I could have used some advice probably. It’s not easy. Kids don’t come with a rulebook. You gotta figure it out yourself. It’s one of those things."
Despite his strenuous relationship with Kourtney, he has proven that he is a great dad to his kids. At one point, he was obsessed with making a helipad for their backyard. But, after careful consideration, he ended up putting a giant sliding swing for them instead. Scott is always spotted going on vacations with his kids and ready to get his hands dirty, as he plays with them or teaching is making a life lesson a teaching moment. Scott is often seen posting multiple pictures of his kids on his social media page, of the foursome doing fun summer activities. He seems to be taking his dad role very seriously, despite most of society disagreeing with the majority of his life's decisions.
10 Ryan Reynolds Enjoys The Messiness Of Parenting
The stunning and hilarious, Ryan Reynolds, is an actor, screenwriter, filmmaker and a father of two daughters, James and Ines. When he received the Man Of The Year award, for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard University, he had a lot of beautiful things to say about his daughters and also a word of wisdom to fellow dads. He was found telling People magazine,
“My daughter’s like a dime-store thug on set. She’ll open her jacket and there’s like a hundred Tootsie Rolls inside.”
He can be seen constantly tweeting about his kids and is not afraid to say it as it is. His jokes are funny and make him a more relatable father to other people. According to the Mirror, Ryan admits he’s happier now that he has kids. He took up his responsibilities as a dad and was not afraid to tackle them head-on, such as changing diapers and nighttime feedings. He plays an active role in his kids' lives and is always shielding his daughters from any public scrutiny. He takes his daughters along when he is working. And, above all, Ryan puts his family first and always considers them before everything else.
9 DJ Khaled Voices His Love For His Son
Khaled Mohamed Khaled, also known as DJ Khaled, is a musician, producer and a father to an adorable boy, Asahd. He was very excited to become a dad and was there Snap every step as his son was being born. On his social media pages, his son is a constant face, as he shares his feelings towards him and leaving sweet messages for him.
"They don’t want me to buy my son a ROLLEX so I bought the 👑 @asahdkhaled one at the Rolex Bahamas BS location #FatherOfAsahd #WeTheBest I dreamed for days like this .. I LOVE YOU ASHAD MY SON." Khaled posted to his Instagram page.
When his son was offered a deal to rep the brand Jordan, Khaled took to Instagram to show how proud he was. Upon attending award ceremonies, Khaled is often seen bringing along baby Asahd. On Asahd's first birthday, he rented out a nightclub for a jungle themed party and gave his son a diamond Rolex that was worth $100,000. He can be spotted wearing trendy matching outfits with his son. As all celebs, but mostly DJ Khaled, he has secured his son's future by engaging him in economic activities as young as he is. We can tell he loves and adore his son.
8 Prince William Fathers Future Heirs
Prince William is known worldwide as the Duke of Cambridge, a member of the Royal family and a father to three gorgeous heirs, George, Charlotte, and newborn Louis. When Prince George was born, Prince William carried him to the car and he had his sleeves rolled up, ready to tackle the parenting game. He also drove the new baby home, himself, despite the privileges he has, as a driver. Prince William was quoted by Calmzine Magazine when he said,
"Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings. Over the past year, we have visited a number of schools together where we have been amazed listening to children talk about some quite difficult subjects in a clear and emotionally articulate way, something most adults would struggle with."
One event that was very heartwarming, Prince William was seen taking his son to school for the first day. Prince William carried Prince George's tiny little backpack, as he introduced him to his teacher. In most of their Royal photos, he is always holding his son's hand and when he is having a conversation with him, he can be seen bending down to speak to Prince George at his own level. The Royal family has chosen to travel together, with their Royal children, on their official visits. He can be spotted spending a lot of time playing with his kids in between official meetings. When the newest member of the Royal family was born just a few weeks ago, Prince William was seen leaving the hospital and returning with both children in each hand, to visit their newest brother and their mother.
7 Ryan Gosling Shelters His Daughters
Another Ryan on our list is the gorgeous Ryan Gosling. Ryan is an actor, musician and a father of two daughters, Esmeralda and Amada. He is a dedicated father and was quoted to say that having kids felt like a dream and it is the happiest time of his life. A source told Her magazine,
"They don’t like the L.A. lifestyle and love to get out of town where they have more freedom to be out and about without all the attention.”
He wants his kids to have a normal upbringing. He and longtime partner, Eva Mendes, agreed they would not hire a nanny to look after their kids but they would do it themselves. He is involved in every step of the way and is not afraid to do the dirty work too. As a celeb dad, he has done a great job shielding his daughters from the public eye.
It rarely happens where the public can spot the Gosling family of four out and about, and even less, photographed. His daughters are bilingual and are learning the Cuban culture. He recently took his kids out to the park to enjoy some quality play time but often takes them on vacation as well.
6 The Chip Gaines Bunch
Although many have never heard of Chip, Chip is an author, television star and a father of four, Duke, Drake, Emmie and Ella Rose, and one baby on the way. He is famously known for his part on the show Fixer Upper, with his wife, Joanna Gaines. Despite being in the public's eye, his kids didn’t take part in the filming of the show. He has tried his best to keep them away from the public eye. Chip was interviewed by People magazine and has this to say about his parenting style,
“I grew up in an environment that was pretty much ‘back by dark’ — [my parents] didn’t generally know what we were doing, and it was all good, clean fun. So I thought, ‘Oh, I’m gonna be a wild parent.’ ”
On a recent move, he announced they will not be filming the fifth season of the show to concentrate more on their expanding family. With a 40-acre farm and 60 animals, the kids have responsibilities on the farm and a lot of chores to keep them busy. Each child takes care of the animals on the farm, as part of their daily routine. The few times we have seen the Gaines kids on the show, they were helping out in one way or another. Chip spared a few minutes in between the show to cheer up the kids and have some fun. He also shared the parenting responsibility when mom, Joanna, was working late.
5 Peter Facinelli Sparkles As A Father
Peter fell into the spotlight for his brilliant role as Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight series. He is an actor, producer and a father of three children, Lola, Luca, and Fiona. After his divorce from his wife, Jennie Garth, Peter received joint custody for his two daughters and son. As a way of celebrating Father’s Day, he took the kids to Universal Studios and spent many hours of fun there. Then again, how could you not enjoy Universal Studio? Peter had this to say to ET Online on parenting and the split with his, now, ex-wife,
“People come into your life for a reason and relationships can change, and just because we aren’t living together doesn’t mean you can’t love each other. I think once, there was a time where we had to learn that we had to be able to move forward with love and respect.”
Peter enjoys going on vacation with his kids and teaching them new life skills. He is playful and always has a good time with his kids' every time they are together. He is always in attendance for the children's sporting games and their extra special events. Peter also gets a whole week to spend with his kids. He has been spotted holding hands with his daughters and son and enjoys some shopping with them. He told People magazine that he sees his firstborn daughter as his best friend. Although she is in college now, they are very close. He goes to visit her and they get to go to dinner together, catch up and engage in fun activities that interest both of them.
4 Hugh Jackman Always Finds Time For His Kids
Hugh Jackman is a famously known actor, singer, producer and a father to two kids, Ava and Oscar. With a busy acting career, he’s grateful for the sacrifice his family has made for him to be able to pursue his career and provide for them. Though his kids are adopted, after struggling to give birth naturally, he doesn’t allow that to get in the way of how he parents them or how they are raised. He told Mom.me magazine,
"It's just amazing how you are only as happy as your unhappiest child."
Hugh loves and cares about his kids, just as most parents do. When he’s not acting, he plays the father role, teaching his kids about discipline and being responsible. He takes his kids on vacations and during one of the vacations in Greece, he was spotted holding his daughter's hand.
There came a time where he had to save his daughter, with the help of another man, after getting caught up in the middle of a riptide. Back in 2015, he told Parade, that he constantly talks to his kids about gratitude and respect. He wants them to be humble and not entitled since their parents are celebrities.
3 Nick Cannon Has Come A Long Way From Nickelodeon
Child star, Nick Cannon, has been in our lives since his early acting days on Nickelodeon. Nick is an actor, rapper, record producer, screenwriter, film producer, television & radio personality and a father to three kids, Golden, Moroccan and Monroe. He was found gushing his joy once he became a father to the twins. He said in an interview with E Online,
"What makes me smile and tear, about my children is hearing them talk."
Despite his divorce, he makes quality time for his children. Always there for their birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving and most of all, they spend Father’s Day together. When it comes to playing time, he is not afraid to be on the floor, jumping up and down, rolling across the floor, as long as the kids are happy. He loves holding their hands and being just an all-around cool dad. The beauty of Nick’s life is doing what is best for his children through his current love life may have dictated otherwise. His third child, though, was not planned and he sees him as a true blessing in his life.
2 Rev Run Has Quite A Large Plate To Manage
Joseph Ward Simmons, also known as Rev Run, is a practicing minister, actor, author and a father to six children, Diggy, Vanessa, Russell II, Angela, Miley, Joseph, and Victoria. From the show Run’s House, we can tell he is a great dad. He is present for all of his kids. We saw him teaching the kids about discipline and responsibility. The older kids took care of the younger ones when he traveled out for work. Rev Run was quoted by the Telegraph.co
"Lead by example, not by preaching"
However, Rev Run has never let the kids get away with bad behavior. He is also a cool dad, as he played basketball with them and other games as well. He invited their friends over to the house and threw them parties, as well as interacted with them. He rewarded good behavior, for example, there came a time when he bought his daughter, Angela, a car after excelling in school and passing all of her classes. He took them on vacations to many different places so they can experience different cultures and customs. When the family lost their daughter and sister, Victoria, Rev Run was there to support his children and offered them a leaning shoulder.
1 Ryan Phillippe Raises His Children Without The Fame
Many may not have heard of his name, but Ryan is Reese Witherspoon's ex-husband. Ryan is an actor, director, writer and a father to three children, Ava, Kai, and Deacon. After his divorce with the superstar, Reese Witherspoon, Ryan talked about getting to that place where you don’t put yourself first but the kids. He takes time off his busy acting career to be with his kids. Ryan was interviewed by the Inquirer and had this to say,
"I learn from my kids. I hope that they’re learning from me, as well. There is that give-and-take that happens as you age along with your kids. I was 24 when I had my daughter. I am 41 now. That is a long period of time to develop and evolve."
He has not spoiled his children but has taught them about morals that keep them disciplined and grounded as they grow older. He enjoys spending time with his kids and engaging in activities the kids enjoy more. He also cooks for them, their favorite meal being spicy Jamaican chicken with rice.
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