Father’s day was this past Sunday, and many dads were celebrated for who he is and the things he has done for his children. Gifts were given and cards were sent. Phone calls were made so that dad knew he was important.

Dads are important all year round, though, just like moms. They may not have been the ones to give birth, but they also matter, and they love their little ones just as much.

Dads matter. Dads teach us things. They teach us things like confidence. They push us to work hard. Some dads teach us to throw a ball and teach us sportsmanship. Some teach their little girls to change a tire on their car when they get older, a skill many women lack.

Dads can be hard on us when we make mistakes. He doesn’t like to see us fail. And he fails sometimes, too. Being a father doesn’t necessarily come naturally to many men.

Childcare information isn’t just for moms anymore. Many dads are staying home while mom goes back to work. According to a study by the Pew Research center, about two million men in the United States were stay-at-home dads in 2012.  They were the ones planning the play dates, changing diapers, and making lunches. They were the ones trying to figure out how to deal with their child’s illness while mom was at work.

Being the only male on the playground with a group of women can be incredibly intimidating for dad. And for some guys, it might even feel somewhat emasculating. The thing to remember is that you’re a parent first, whether male or female, and that you want what’s best for your child.

When both parents work, however, and many do – the percentage of dual-income families in 2012 rose to 59%, a gigantic increase from 7% back in 1965, the day-to-day childcare tasks are more evenly balanced. 

Child-rearing these days isn’t just for moms anymore, but it seems most of the information available on the internet is geared toward women. With both parents in the workforce, it’s important to remember that dads need help, too.