Dads

Father knows best: Photo of multitasking dad goes viral

Jan. 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM ET

Video: Doyin Richards spoke with TODAY anchors about the adorable image of him caring for his daughters that went viral. “I took the ultimate selfie,” he said.

Give that parent a round of applause, though he insists he’s done nothing special.

A Los Angeles dad has become an Internet sensation after posting a photo of himself tenderly combing his 2-year old daughter’s hair before school, while also cradling his baby girl.

“After 15 minutes of multitasking, the final result was a nice, tight ponytail for big sister and a happily sleeping baby in the carrier. Mission accomplished,” Doyin Richards wrote in a blog post this week titled, “I Have a Dream: That People Will View a Picture Like This and Not Think It’s a Big Deal,” on GoodMenProject.com.

“Little did I know how interesting things were about to become.”

The picture has since received almost 200,000 “likes” on Facebook and has been shared thousands of times.

Richards explained in his own blog that the photo was taken on a busy morning in October, when he was on paternity leave to bond with his youngest child. His wife was in a hurry, so he said he’d take care of styling his daughter’s hair.

He’s amazed by the reaction the image has sparked and is especially grateful for the messages he’s received from other dads who say they’re glad he embraces fatherhood as much as they do.

But Richards also noted he’s received some hate mail over the photo from men who are “angry that I’m making them ‘look bad.’”

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