While it’s true that moms are rock stars in their own right, we think dads are pretty cool too. They drive carpools, whip up dinners, and host play dates. In honor of dad, we found eight of Southern California’s coolest dads who successfully balance their family lives and day jobs, all while making it look effortless. Click through our gallery to meet eight cool SoCal dads.

Mike Watson

We’ve heard of the Work at Home Mom (WAHM), but what about the WAHDad? Mike Watson is the quintessential WAHD. He manages to balance running a successful video production company, Video Approach, while being a half-time stay-at-home dad to his 3-year-old daughter, Michaela. Mike loves the days where the two of them play at home, building blanket forts and inventing funny games. Aside from his own video work, Mike takes his parenting advice to the small screen as a member of Fox 5’s weekly “Ask the Dads” television segment. What’s the key to this cool dad’s work-life balance? “You have to remember to put your family first,” said Mike. “And you have to remember that work life will often be forgiving and you'll have the same opportunity tomorrow; but that's not always true for family life.”

We know there are dozens of cool dads out there. In fact, we bet you know several of them! Who else do you think deserves a spot on our list?

– Leah R. Singer

All photos courtesy of the featured dads