There are a lot of things in life that I’m pretty clueless about. For example, it took until my senior year of High School for me to figure out that Tracy Champan is a woman. However, one thing I absolutely know for sure is that there are some damn good men in this world who love their families and always put them first. Don’t believe me? Check out some of the submissions from my faithful Readers Doin’ Work. These guys are amazing.
NOTE: The number next to each submission is for identification purposes only. The number does NOT indicate a ranking.
#1 – Mark
Today is my husband’s 42nd birthday and I took this picture of him this morning after he willingly let our 4 year old daughter do a Monster High Makeover on him (even though the Draculora lilpstick stings his lips) followed up by the perfect complimenting Hello Kitty headband.
You see, my husband has to go to work in 2 short hours but is happy to spend his precious family time, on his birthday, letting his preschooler deck him out to the nines. And last night, well, last night our 17 month old didn’t want to go to sleep – sick with cutting eye teeth and a humdinger of a cold. So what did Daddy do? He gave Mommy a break and played trains on the island of Sodor with our baby boy until nearly 10pm when wee one was finally able to relax enough to go to sleep AND all of this after a long day of us coaching our daughter’s soccer team together!
Our DDW loves us and takes care of each and every one of us the very best he can. Thank you Mark, for being a real life – down to earth – role model for our children and the best partner I could ever ask for.
- Kristin K.
#3 – Torrence
My husband Torrence is the best DDW I know! He is an amazing father to our three kids TJ (6) Kyan (5) and Ava (10mos). This man has THREE jobs!!! We always joke and say one for each kid. He works so hard to support our family while I work a part time job and go to college. There are days he will go to his full time job at 7:00 AM, come home at 5:00 PM and leave again for the second and third jobs at 7:30 PM and not come home until 2:00 AM… and get up in the morning and do it all over again. I have woken up in the middle of the night to find all four of them on the couch together cuddling. He hates that he is always at work, but every other second he has, is spent with our babies.
He is also an uncle of 11 from his side of the family. For most of those kids he is the only positive male role model in their life. All of them at some point have relied on Uncle Torrence to show up at a school function, a basketball game, a track meet, or relied on him to keep a secret when they needed someone to talk to. He is a great dad and uncle/surrogate dad to all the kids in his life.
#4 – Michael
I want to tell you about my Hubster, Michael. We’ve been together 15 years now. Not only is he a wonderful father but he’s a wonderful husband.
He gave up his career as a chef, to stay home and be my caregiver, he does everything for me, he holds me when I’m crying, he rubs my hands and feet, even though I can’t feel them, he alleviates my fears and listens to me when I talk about my funeral, even though it kills him to see me with a terminal illness, he won’t give up and gives me the strength to go on. He is more than just my husband, friend and lover, he is my champion, my soul mate and my rock.
- Tessa M.
#5 – Richard
Richard and I met in September 2007. Both single parents. My boys were 1 1/2, 3, and 7. His daughter, who he has custody of, was 2. We clicked instantly. November 2007 I got very sick and no one could figure out why. I was in and out of the hospital. May 2008, I found out I had 2 forms of Lupus, RA, myositis, and fibro. He could have taken off when I first got sick. Most men would have. He stayed though, and he busts his butt to provide for our family. He has been a wonderful daddy to my boys, and I love his daughter like she was my own. Not many men would be willing to take on a woman who has a chronic illness and 3 young boys. I am thankful every day he did though because he has been my rock. we have a beautiful family and life and I don’t know where I would be without him!
- Dallas P.
#6 – Billy
#7 – Don
Thinking of submitting my husband, I asked myself, “Why is he a DDW?” As I thought of the answer, the real question came to mind, “Why ISN’T he a DDW?” On top of serving his country, my husband Don doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to being daddy. He comes home from work and goes straight to the kids for welcome home hugs and kisses. It’s more like my daughter attacks him with showers of hugs for daddy (and my son whines for his Daddy’s affection because he is only one)…but I think you get the picture
Simply put, he’s an amazing husband and an amazing father who dedicates his life to his job and family. He dances to Tangled with our little girl on a Friday night, wakes up in the middle of the night to fight monsters in the closet, and you can frequently find him baking cookies or making dinner with our children all after a long day at work. He’s a wonderful husband, a wonderful father, a wonderful human being, and he sets a fine example to our children of what each of those should be. Our daughter said, “When I become a lady I want to be in the Air Force just like daddy!”
The following picture is of our daughter Audrey saluting daddy after surprising us with a lunch date last week
- Victoria A.
#8 – Robert
Robert is my ultimate DDW, he looks after me with as I have a long term illness. Some days I feel awful and I’m in pain. I have gained a lot of weight with medication, but he makes me feel beautiful.
He took on my daughter when she was 4 as his own. She is nearly 8 now and calls him Dad. You may think that this is not unusual, except my daughter is autistic. It takes a big man to take on another guy’s kid, let alone a special needs one. My hubby gets physically and emotionally pushed around when little one has meltdowns, but he takes it in his stride, with humour and love and says that little ones smiles are all the thanks he needs.
He taught my daughter and I to trust again. When we started dating, I had just begun to rebuild our lives as we had been in a shelter for abused women and children. He taught me that there are some really amazing guys out there, not just assholes. He taught both my daughter and I how to laugh, love and appreciate life. His patience is astounding.
Lastly, January 13th is his 39th birthday! We don’t have a lot of money, but things are still good. I wish I could spoil him as he deserves it. I can’t think of a better way of telling him how much we love him than to see him on your blog.
#9 – Jeff
I have the greatest DDW ever. He works a full time job plus 19 hours of overtime then comes home and helps bathe my son who is 7 and paralyzed from the waist down. He then helps bathe our girls. He cooks dinner half of the time just to help me out. He then puts my son to bed and then cleans up all the toys throughout the house while I get the kids’ homeschool stuff prepped for the next day. He usually averages 5 hours of sleep a night and he also donates plasma twice a week to help kids who are sick. He is my hero, my soul mate, my everything. I truly don’t know what I would’ve done if it wouldn’t have been for him opening his heart and his home to me and my baby 6 1/2 years ago.
#10 – José
We both work full time; I work from home and he works nights. Because of our different schedules, he gets to have the most amazing bond and we jointly raise our 14 month old daughter Olivia with quality one-on-one time every day. He is in the trenches slingin’ diapers and swayin’ with our baby girl to Otis Redding like it’s the Superbowl and everything rides on her happiness. He snaps on the Ergo and wears her during morning walks with our 100lb Akita pup, making sure she gets lots of fresh air while I’m stuck inside on conference calls and pumping her food supply. He knows that singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider on loop calms her down and knows the exact amount of water that needs to go into the bottle warmer for the optimal bottle temperature. He knows how to ‘floof her curls’ the way I like, he knows her favorite food is bbq ribs (yes I have photos to prove it) and he knows how to match an outfit with a hairbow like no one else’s business. He also is a fabulous cook and makes the best Apple Pie (from scratch, crust and all) that I’ve ever had.
Even more unbelievable is that as amazing of a father as he is, he’s just as amazing as a husband, son, brother, friend, and all of the other roles he plays on a daily basis. He cares deeply about the people in his life and always makes sure that they know it. I can only hope he knows how much we all love and care about him as well.
#19 – Seth
I am a very lucky woman to have my DDW, aka Gideon. He works full time as well as studying for his masters degree. His job can be quite stressful due to deadlines etc. The studying takes up at least 2 nights a week at school and around 20-30 hours of homework. Gideon does this without complaining and without taking out any of his stress on me or the kids. As well as doing his daily job and study, he still comes home with a smile on his face and plays like mad with the kids before dinner. After dinner he then puts the kids in the bath! Not an easy task with our two toddlers! The kids love this special time with their DDW. (Think they are fed up with me by this point as I am a SAHM)
He is very much the modern man, he will help out in the house, he knows where I keep the hoover and the iron! Cooking is one of his hobbies! He will often spend Friday evenings in the kitchen to cook us up a fantastic feast for the Saturday evening! (He loves spicy food with lots of flavours so this needs to marinate and takes time!) He also makes the best apple pie ever! Gideon does all of the above and aswell as being a fantastic father he is a loving husband, always knows what to say and when to say it. He will also sometimes come home with a bunch of flowers if he knows I have had a bad week to try to cheer me up! He knows when all I need is a hug after a hard day, and I get that hug without question. He makes me complete and a better person and mother.
This is my son-in-law, Colin. Despite his full-time career, and up until last month, part-time school schedule, he always makes quality time for his kids, and does it with a great sense of humor, and a childlike wonder of his own.
There’s T-ball, tae kwon do, Legos to be built and tea parties to be had, and he truly enjoys every minute he spends with them. His patience level is something I don’t see too often in most parents, and it does this grandma’s heart good to know that her grandchildren are his priority, his loves, his all.
Last year my amazing boyfriend stood by my side while I buried my mom who passed away from colon cancer in April, which I fell apart from. He also stood here while I had my first c-section and received a terrible infection. He had to take care of my infection (he saw every disgusting part of it and even though he was lightheaded at first, he knew I needed his help). He had to tend to my wound 2-3 times a day, and he had to repack it – and let me tell you it’s NOT easy. He saw me go though so much pain and while I couldn’t do much, he kept his grades up and helped me tend to my 4 kids. Even the newborn.
I am Chris’s second wife. He has a 10 year old son and a special needs, 11 year old daughter from the previous relationship. The older children live 30 miles from our home and 40 miles from his work but he does not let that stop him from being a DDW! Without fail he picks them up 3 days during the week, gets homework done with both kids, spends individual time with each child, does a fun group activity, gets them fed and then returns them to their mother. He was given every other Saturday one weekend and Friday – Sunday on the opposite weekends. (He does not miss weekends.)He has burned through 3 cars making sure his kids know their dad! He also works hard to make sure they have a roof over their head, lots of food, and all the clothes they need. He (we) also NEVER gets a babysitter when the older kids are over as he does not see them everyday.This DDW welcomed his third child into the world this past October. He does his best to help as much as he can! He is ready and willing to jump in for dirty diaper changes and puke clean-up. He is able to mix a bottle in a flash and assists in feeding (daytime and middle of the night). He makes sure to play with the little one when possible too. He does all of this while working 50 hours a week while I have yet to return to work from maternity leave. All three kids love their daddy and this wife is lucky indeed!
These 25 Daddies Doin’ Work will be displayed on my blog in the new DDW Nation section! (Hover your mouse over the “Daddy’s Details” section to see it)
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