Fathers can be hard to read sometimes, but these three dads are open enough to tell their kids exactly what they’re thinking and feeling. Read three excerpts from three different but equally sweet dads:

1. “I've known you were gay since you were six; I've loved you since you were born.”

Having to come out to yourself is difficult enough for some people, but having to tell your dad that you’re gay has got to be 10 times more stressful. Let’s face it—there aren’t a lot of dads who are like Glee’s Burt Hummel! But when this particular dad overheard his son agonizing over how to tell him the truth, he beat his son to the punch by leaving a short but sweet letter to his son.

Read the rest of the letter to find out why this dad was voted “Best Dad Ever” on a gay lifestyle magazine.

2. “Dear Duchess, I had a ridiculous moment in the car on the way home from work on Friday. 'The Freshmen' by The Verve Pipe was on the radio. If you're not familiar with the song 'The Freshmen,' and since you weren't a teenager in the '90s there's a good chance you're not, it is an overwrought ballady barf of a song about some teenagers who didn't take some advice and then one of them dies or something…

So there I am, singing along to this wonderfully awful song, and the strangest thing happened. I thought of you and started tearing up a little in the car. Not two-year-old you, 15-year-old-you.

Why? Well, I started crying because I realized at some point during the second chorus that I had completely forgotten how incredibly hard it was to be a teenager.”

Verve Pipe has a way of getting to everyone. Hearing the band’s “Freshmen” on the radio one day, this dad suddenly felt like writing his two-year-old daughter a letter, to be read when she turns into a teenager. He writes about the possibility of not understanding her in the future, hoping that she can find comfort in the 2013 version of himself who might still get it. The letter is partly funny and sweet as the dad makes references to Inception, the Republicans, and a has-yet-to-be-invented iPillow.

Read the rest of his letter here, and see if it doesn’t inspire you to create a similar letter of your own.

3. “Little One, it is not, has never been, and never will be your job to keep him interested.

Little One, I want to tell you about the boy who doesn’t need to be kept interested, because he knows you are interesting...”

Your dad might be the most important man in your life right now, but there will come a day when a man as important as him will come into and change your life. This dad understands that, but he also wants his daughter to remember that she doesn’t have to do anything just to keep a guy interested. If a guy likes you, he likes you. Sounds good to us!

Read the rest of this dad’s message about his daughter’s future husband here.

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