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On being dad: What does fatherhood mean to you? Responsibility, dads say - but also joy

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Kathy Willens / The Associated Press

Pedro Monguia, 28, sits on a bench in a neighborhood park with his three sons, Jonathan, 7, Landon, 3, and Giovanni, 5, after treating them to ice cream, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. "Now I have to take care of them, not only myself," Monguia said. "I think about them. I have to take them to school. I have to check every day if they did homework."

NEW YORK, N.Y. - 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?

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