Photo essay: What does fatherhood mean to you?

June 11, 2014 - 9:04 AM
Being Dad

FILE - In this May 18, 2014 photo, Abe Safdie, 40, poses for a photo as he holds his 5 ½-month-old twins Ellen, left, and Ezra, before joining a twins’ club gathering in New York. “Once they came out, it was an incredibly emotional experience,” he said. “Then the responsibility set in. It was like life during wartime. I would come home from a full day of work and both of them would be screaming their lungs out. But then around three months it changed. They started to smile. And once they started to smile, I felt like I had a real connection.” (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — Fatherhood in America has changed over the past few decades. Dads today are more involved in every aspect of child care, from diaper-changing to helping with homework. Nobody questions paternity leave — even Major League Baseball players take it — and stay-at-home fathers are no longer unusual. And while there are more single moms than ever, kids raised by two parents have a big advantage over kids from single-parent homes: They are less likely to be poor.

Despite the changes, when you ask today's dads what fatherhood means to them, they cite some pretty old-school, universal themes. A team from The Associated Press recently photographed 10 sets of fathers with their children, and when they were asked about being dads, they mentioned responsibility, hard work, joy and pride.

What does fatherhood mean to you?