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These Are All The Ways You Told Us Your Dad Ditched The Machismo And Raised You To Be Strong And Powerful

Father’s Day is just one day a year where we show our dads love. They do so much for us making sure we have everything we need and that we are always taken care of. While some times our dads let their machismo flare up and try to control things, times are changing and a lot of our dads are changing along with them. For some people, our dads never allowed for anything machismo to enter our houses and it is something we are so grateful for. We asked you to tell us how your father kept the machismo at bay in the house and here’s what you had to say.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads that never treated their wives as someone who had to do everything for them.

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There is something so sweet and kind about dads taking on household duties to make life easier for their wives. We all stan a Latino dad who rolls up his sleeves and gets to work cooking and cleaning without being asked.

You have to show some respect to single fathers who did it all.

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It’s hard to raise kids when both parents are in the picture. Coordinating schedules and figuring out responsibilities to keep everything moving is not easy. It is even harder as a single parent having to work full-time and taking care of your little ones.

Leading by example is one of the greatest ways to make sure you leave your kids with a strong example for the rest of their lives.

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There’s nothing more inspirational than watching your dad strive for his dreams while keeping you motivated to achieve yours. Watching your dad sacrifice and push to be his best will definitely get you in the same mood.

Some times it is as simple as not pushing for your daughters to realize their full worth.

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Our culture has always highly valued women getting married to show the world their self-worth. There is nothing better than a dad telling his hijas that you can be whoever and whatever you want to be.

A working father helping his stay-at-home wife with chores is everything.

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Being a stay-at-home mom is a very hard job. You are essentially an office manager making sure that everyone gets to their appointments on time and has enough to eat. Having a partner to help you our is crucial to making the whole thing work.

Teaching valuable life lessons is so important.

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It is nice to be taught things that are so important around the house. Obviously, the most important thing to know is how to cook and clean. However, if he can teach you how to save money and take care of a car, all the better.

Even when they did have machismo moments, he knows how to make things better for everyone in his own ways.

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He might say some things that are old school at times but his overall actions are what matter. If he is teaching you how to be a strong woman who can take care of yourself, that’s the best.

Even something as simple as working nights is a major move.

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How sweet that this father would work nights to give his wife the chance to work during the day. He might be doing it to guarantee a dual-income household, but it is still so sweet. He sacrificed his nights to give his children his attention during the day.

Down with the patriarchy, up with the matriarchy.

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We all know that abuela holds the real power in the family. Whatever she says go. Its nice to know that some das are instilling the message that, as a woman, you deserve to live the life you want regardless of other people’s thoughts.

Pushing for education will get you far.

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Knowing that this dad is planting flowers and talking about the arts is just too much. Way to go, dad.

Let the women protest for their rights because it is important.

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We are in a time when people need to fight for their rights. Everyone is watching as marginalized group after marginalized group is taken down a scary path. Fortunately, we have bad ass dads willing to let us fight back.

Some times they even do the hard tasks, like talking about periods.

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Who else has had their father explain what a period is? It is something that so many people are uncomfortable talking about and acknowledging. However, periods are normal and some times your dad has to explain it to you.

Take a moment this Father’s Day to thank your dad for making your life everything it is with his life lessons, dad jokes, and understanding that you are your own person.

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there doing their thing and raising strong children.

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A Colombian Orphan Was Adopted By His Host Family And The Video Will Tug At Your Heart Strings

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A Colombian Orphan Was Adopted By His Host Family And The Video Will Tug At Your Heart Strings

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Sebastian is a young boy who was growing up in Colombia with no biological relatives. A program called Kidsave’s Summer Miracles connected Sebastian with the Barkey family for a summer. During that time, the family fell in love with Sebastian and they decided to secretly adopt him after the program ended and he flew back to Colombia.

The Barkey family fell in love with Sebastian after hosting him for a summer so they decided to adopt him.

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After spending summer with the Barkey family in the U.S, Colombian orphan Sebastian has become a part of the family…👨‍👩‍👦

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The adoption was a true family affair. All of the Barkey children and their parents boarded a flight to Colombia to collect the newest member of their family. The reunion was caught on camera and it is a sweet and honest representation of modern families.

The moment Sebastian sees the Barkey family is an emotional experience for everyone in the room.

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Sebastian is walked through the hallways of the adoption agency and led into a room with the family he has grown to love. He is immediately surrounded by the Barkey family who smothers him in hugs. The feeling of excitement and love is palpable from the video.

Sebastian even signed the adoption papers using his new last name: Barkey.

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Congratulations, Sebastian. And well done, Barkey family. What a touching and sweet moment captured on camera.

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ESPN Anchor’s Touching Recollection Of Kobe Bryant Bragging About Being A ‘Girl Dad’ Will Bring You To Tears

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ESPN Anchor’s Touching Recollection Of Kobe Bryant Bragging About Being A ‘Girl Dad’ Will Bring You To Tears

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As sports fans mourn the death of the beloved NBA icon Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gigi, various anecdotes about his life have circulated. Countless stories about his intense work ethic, sense of humor and extreme love for being a father to his daughters. In fact, various sites have reflected on the passion for parenting the late basketball player displayed.

In perhaps, one of the most moving reflections of this love for being a father, ESPN anchor Elle Duncan shared an emotional story about her first and only encounter with Bryant.

During a recent broadcast of “Sports Center” Duncan shared a story about Bryant’s passion for being a “girl dad.”

Reflecting on her one interaction with Bryant, Duncan recalled meeting him at a time in which she was eight months pregnant. Duncan had approached the basketball player for an interview but was interrupted when Bryant became so excited by the sight of her pregnancy that he began to ask her for details about her baby. He asked when she was due and if she knew the sex of her baby.

“‘A girl,'” Duncan had told him before saying that the basketball player immediately high-fived her. “‘Girls are the best,'” he said.

Duncan recalled that she had asked him for advice on raising girls as he had three at the time. “He said, ‘just be grateful that you’ve been given that gift because girls are amazing.’ His third daughter, Bianka, was about a year-and-a-half old at the time, so I asked if he wanted more children. He said that his wife Vanessa really wanted to try again for a boy, but was sort of jokingly concerned that it would be another girl. And I was like, ‘four girls, are you joking? What would you think? How would you feel?'”

Duncan recalled how Kobe excitedly declared that girls were the best.

“Without hesitation, he said ‘I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad,'” Duncan recalled before also sharing that at the time Bryant had boasted his daughter’s Gigi’s praises for her own basketball talent.

“When it came to sports, he said that his oldest daughter was an accomplished volleyball player and that the youngest was a toddler, so TBD,” Duncan explained. “But that middle one, he said that middle one was ‘a monster, she’s a beast. She’s better than I was at her age. She’s got it.’ That middle one, of course, was Gigi.”

Holding back tears, Duncan said “When I reflect on this tragedy, and that half hour I spent with Kobe Bryant two years ago,” she added, “I suppose that the only small source of comfort for me is knowing he died doing what he loved the most: being a dad. Being a girl dad.”

Duncan’s story about Bryant quickly gained attention on social media and prompted fathers to share photos of their daughters with the hashtag #girldad.

Dad’s across Twitter and Instagram have been sharing what being a girl dad has meant to them in such sweet ways.

And the hashtag is now trending on Twitter with the sweetest pictures.

And the most touching words from other dads.

Like this post will make you cry.

And this one will break your heart.

But fortunately, so many of the posts are filled with hope.

And so much praise for Bryant and his girls.

Bryant died at the age of 41 and is survived by his wife and three other daughters.