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

In this May 18, 2014 photo, Jim Leonard, 61, of Canton, N.Y., rides the subway with his daughter Riley, 12, after visiting his older daughter and her newborn in New York. �My children are my greatest achievement,� he said. �To see how they have grown, matured and become good, decent and loving people absolutely warms my heart �The older you get, the more you appreciate it. When you�re younger, you�re so busy with everything, you don�t have time to appreciate it.� (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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In this May 18, 2014 photo, Jim Leonard, 61, of Canton, N.Y., rides the subway with his daughter Riley, 12, after visiting his older daughter and her newborn in New York. �My children are my greatest achievement,� he said. �To see how they have grown, matured and become good, decent and loving people absolutely warms my heart �The older you get, the more you appreciate it. When you�re younger, you�re so busy with everything, you don�t have time to appreciate it.� (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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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