Gone are the days of the "clueless dad" stereotype — today's dads are more involved in parenting than ever.
Dads were open, honest and vocal about the ups and downs of fatherhood in 2018, raising their voices on everything from paternity leave and baby loss, to changing diapers and supporting their partners. And we love them for it.
Here are seven dads who made a difference in 2018:
1. This dad who sued for paternity leave harassment
Glen Wood — who was born in St. Ann's, Ont., and is a single father to Alexander, age two — is embroiled in a lawsuit with Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. in Japan over his allegations that the company harassed him for taking paternity leave and eventually fired him.
Wood decided to sue last December. While the company has denied the allegations, CEO Saburo Araki told Bloomberg in July that he vows to "eradicate" staff harassment after becoming aware of "several harassment claims from employees" since he took over the role at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. in April.
Wood previously told HuffPost Canada that it was a step in the right direction.
"I've come to the conclusion that I need to fight this battle, and it's important not only for me but for [my son] as well, for his future, to make sure this doesn't happen to him," he said in an email interview from Tokyo.
2. This dad who pushed for change tables in men's bathrooms
When Chris Webb was told to change his son's diaper in the women's bathroom of a Tim Hortons, he did it, but not without pointing out that it's 2018 and dads change diapers, too.
Webb, from Pincourt, Que., tweeted in August that he was "shocked and humiliated" that he had to use the women's bathroom to change his son's diaper in a Montreal-area restaurant. Often, there aren't diaper-changing tables in men's public bathrooms, leaving dads and caregivers with options like going into the women's bathroom with their babies, finding a quiet corner to change them out in the open, or changing them on the floor.
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"Getting out the house with my 1 year old and going for lunch shouldn't mean that I have to explain myself to women as to why I'm in the women's bathroom. Bringing this up to the supervisor in the restaurant I was told 'it's ok the women don't mind'," Webb wrote on Twitter.
In response to Webb's tweets, Tim Hortons released a statement explaining its new restaurant layout will include change tables in the men's bathroom.
3. This dad who pointed out that men grieve infant loss too
"We're grieving just as much as our partners and it would of been nice to have felt included in their campaign," the U.K. dad, who lost his son Theo less than two days after he was born in 2015, told HuffPost Canada in October.
Crussell was vocal on Twitter, and he joined a chorus of others across social media expressing their concerns. "Shame you have left the father's [sic] out completely of this, next year maybe include us as we grieve too," he tweeted.
In response to one of his tweets, Marks & Spencer said they would pass his feedback about the shirts along. But also importantly, Crussell helped get the conversation about how infant and pregnancy loss affects dads rolling.
4. These dads who are passionate about fatherhood on the 'gram
Dads take pictures, too!
When most people think about high-profile parenting influencers on social media, they probably envision, well, moms. But there's a movement afoot among Canadian dads who are putting their voices, faces and photos at the forefront.
"Guys can be passionate about fatherhood and tell their story online, too," Calgary dad and radio host Buzz Bishop told HuffPost Canada in October. Bishop rounded up his picks for the Canadian dads to follow on Instagram, and they consistently put out funny, heart-warming and very real content about dad life.
Some accounts might be a little rawer than what one might find on popular parenting Instagram feeds, Bishop noted, but he thinks they're authentic views of what being a dad is all about. Check out the 14 dads to follow here.
5. This dad who encouraged other men to take paternity leave
Carey Price's daughter was born two weeks after the Montreal Canadiens finished their 2016 season, which gave him an opportunity many new dads can't or don't take — to spend several months at home with his new baby, Liv.
"It's important that dads take the opportunity to develop relationships with their children," Price told HuffPost Canada in June.
As part of the campaign, a study commissioned by Dove Men+Care found that while 73 per cent of Canadian men say they believe men should take equal parental leaves as women, spouses or partners of Canadian fathers take eight times more time off to care for their new child.
Price acknowledged that men face judgment about gender roles, as well as a financial burden if they don't have paid paternity leave. But it's so important to be there — not just for your child, but for your partner, he said.
6. This dad who talked about the challenges of working dad life
Being a working dad isn't easy. Even when you're the prime minister.
In December, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opened up about the juggling involved in doing his job while also raising his three children with his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. Xavier, 11, Ella-Grace, 9, and Hadrien, 4, still grumble when he has to travel for longer stretches, Trudeau said in a radio interview with morning show host and longtime friend Terry DiMonte.
"We're trying to figure out: OK, which nights are you home for dinner, and are we going to be up to the lake on the weekend, or am I arriving late?" Trudeau said. "It's all trying to keep a little bit of predictability and normalcy for the kids."
While we often (and rightly) hear about the challenges facing working moms, it's nice to hear a dad — even a very high-profile one who, yes, has some help with the child-rearing — talk about the struggles dads have, too.
7. This dad who's a real rock
There's already so much to love about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. But then in June the actor and professional wrestler posted a photo where he was feeding his girlfriend Lauren Hashian while she was breastfeeding and everyone's collective hearts melted.
"Mama ... has her hands full nursing/feeding Baby Tia, so I'm feedin' mama her dinner. My pleasure. So much respect to her and all mamas out there holding it down and running things," Johnson wrote on Instagram.Johnson, who has three daughters, has consistently embodied that being a doting dad and supportive partner is a show of strength. He's shared photos of him doing skin-to-skin with his newborn, letting his toddler paint his face and make fart noises in his arms, and getting his nails painted.
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