Dads are the ultimate jugglers, from pancakes made to order to Sunday evening storytime. To honor all of the cool dudes in our life, we want you to meet nine New York City dads that inspire us. From teaching kids about healthy food to bringing design-forward kids’ gear to the marketplace, these dads are committed to spending as much time with their kids as they can and are, ultimately, redefining what it means to be a dad today.

Mitch Chaitin

For Mitch and his partner, New York City is the greatest place in the world to raise a child, whether it’s a two mile walk to Chinatown or a daytrip to the Bronx zoo. "I always thought denying our son suburban living would give him less of an opportunity for outdoor play and socialization," says Mitch of his son, Paul, 10. "Instead, we can go to any playground in our East Village neighborhood and run into friends. Plus, we belong to several local groups so our friend circle is much expanded." As a blogger for three-plus years, Mitch writes about his life in New York City and his family’s adventures on his blog Gay NYC Dad. “Paul helps me with video game reviews and we get to experience some other great events in and around town."

Biggest personal accomplishment: "Adopting Paul is my proudest accomplishment and raising him to be the best he can be is my number-one priority and my life's work. As a stay-at-home dad, I get to spend time with him after school and participate in school events. It’s all I ever wanted in my life."

Biggest professional accomplishment:  "I am proud that I have become one of the top gay parent bloggers in America. It gives me the opportunity to share my message with the country that our gay family is just like yours, normal, American and stressed like everyone else!"

Who else should we add to our list? Let us know in the comment section below!

Written by: Lambeth Hochwald