19 Dads Perfectly Sum Up Fatherhood in 5 Words or Less

by Theresa Edwards
Jun 9, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. ET

If you had to describe what it is to be a good father in just five words, could you do it? It seems totally impossible to boil down such a dynamic and impactful role to just one sentence, let alone a few words.

Still, that didn't stop 19 dads from giving it the old college try anyway. Here's their take on the abbreviated definition of fatherhood.

Originally published June 2016. Updated June 2017.

1/19 :Of course

2/19 :Fair trade-off

3/19 :A challenge worth rising to

4/19 :Don't we all?

5/19 :Chaotic fun

6/19 :So true

7/19 :Ah, caffeine

8/19 :We're all mad here

9/19 :Love > sleep

10 /19: Believing is half the battle

10/19 :Believing is half the battle

11 /19: Truer words were never spoken

11/19 :Truer words were never spoken

12/19 :Undeniably accurate

13/19 :New and improved

14/19 :No kidding

15/19 :M&M and M&M

16/19 :The messy art of love

17/19 :It's always you

18/19 :Others first

19 /19: Sacrifice. Delicious sacrifice.

19/19 :Sacrifice. Delicious sacrifice.