20 Smart Dads Who Have Totally Nailed Fatherhood

Parenting isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world – unless you’re one of these dads, that is. These guys have found the perfect way to fit raising kids around their busy schedules, whether that means going to the gym or playing videogames.

There’s no reason why having kids should get in the way of your regular back massage, for instance – at least if this dad’s ingenious solution is anything to go by. He’s spending time playing with his sons and getting a relaxing break out of it. Teach us your ways, oh master of fatherhood!

Sometimes, you’ve just got to take the weight off your feet. And so what if that time happens to be in the middle of grocery shopping? Isn’t that exactly what those special Walmart trolleys, and your kids, are for?

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Not everyone can afford a car – or even a tandem bike. So the only obvious solution is, of course, to let your kid ride on your shoulders. Hey, it saves the environment – and it’s economical, too. Genius.

As anyone who has daughters will tell you, being a dad often means sacrificing whatever sliver of masculinity you have left. Never mind though – letting them paint your nails means you can get away with things like playing videogames while still technically taking an interest! It’s win-win.

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Fitting in your regular gym session while looking after kids can be tricky. If you’re feeling up to it, however, those kids can actually be just what you need to push your limits – as long as you don’t drop them, of course.

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This either makes him the world’s smartest, or the world’s laziest, dad. For the sheer ingenuity, we’ll have to go with the former – though we’re not sure this one really counts as still spending proper father-daughter time with your kid.

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Babies are useful for a lot of things and a pain in the ass for a lot of others. But if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that they make great spillage catchers. Right? We’re just not so sure about licking the damage off their faces, though…

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The major downside of most videogames is that you typically need two hands to operate the controller, which can make feeding a baby at the same time pretty difficult. Unless you’re as inventive as this guy, of course.

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Then again, who even needs hands to feed their offspring? They might not appreciate the smell of your bare feet, but hey, they’re too young to complain about it anyway. This dad has clearly found the perfect compromise between effort and results.

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Who says Halloween with kids is boring? All you need is the right costume, and this dad knows it. His Aliens-inspired outfit is a stroke of sheer genius. No doubt his daughter will be able to look back on it with pride.

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Plane journeys can be a nightmare with kids. It’s usually best just to give in to their demands, for the sanity of both yourself and the other passengers. Even if that means letting your kid sit on your neck. It doesn’t look particularly comfortable for the dad, but he’s smart enough not to complain.

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Sure, you might need to carry your baby around, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a meal at the same time. This savvy dad has even made sure to cover his kid’s head with a napkin to avoid any unwanted mess. Multitasking at its finest.

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Kids can be absolute nightmares to take grocery shopping – so it’s no wonder this dad decided to just take the plunge, ahem, and come up with a brilliant way to make sure his son behaves. Or, at the very least, doesn’t run off. Who needs a leash?

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As dangerous as this looks, you can’t fault the dad for his sheer temerity. And, of course, it’s good to teach kids valuable survival skills at a young age. We’re pretty sure barbecuing counts as an essential survival skill, right?

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Can’t get your baby to lie still for a photoshoot? Easy – just lie underneath. They’ll soon rest comfortably in their dad’s arms. This father is clearly a master of innovative parenting solutions.

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Occasionally as a dad, you need a little time to yourself to just sit down, eat a meal and relax. But of course, you’ll never get that time with another mouth to feed and brain to entertain. So it’s no wonder that this dad decided to combine the two activities. After all, a baby can be kept busy with pretty much anything, including a plate.

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Keeping a baby entertained doesn’t always mean that you’re also entertained, of course. So when you need a little fun, it’s time to introduce the baby to your own hobbies. This kid, at least, certainly looks intrigued by whatever videogame his dad is playing.

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Okay, so these kids might be a little too young to ride on a quad bike. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still have fun with their dad on his bike, right? Let’s just hope that that’s not the mattress they have to sleep on…

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Kids love to get involved with their parents’ hobbies. And, generally, it’s pretty sweet when they do. Just look at this doting dad and his little accompanist. He doesn’t seem to mind at all that his baby is drooling all over his guitar – as long as he still gets to play it.

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Meanwhile, this dad might just be the consummate multi-tasker. And unlike some of the other proud fathers on this list, he looks like he may actually be getting some work done! That is, until the little bundle of joy perched on his belly springs into life and starts demanding all of his attention.

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