Everywhere I turn, I see dads wearing their babies or strollin’ them around town, coaching their kids at little league and running beside them in mini-triathalons. They’re kneeling down to fix their daughters’ braids, reaching up to help them reach the highest rung of a ladder, and riding their sons to school in trailers and bike seats. They’re up in the middle of the night, rocking newborns to sleep, and they’re changing wet mattresses in the middle of the night after sleep-walking limp preschoolers to the toilet.
And these are not super-dads—well, not necessarily. They’re just dads. And there’s not an armchair-one in the bunch.
So I asked some of my favorite dads to share:
Here are their top tips (and top gear picks) for those new to the parenting role…