Nothing better than spending an entire morning staring into my baby daughter’s eyes, whispering, “I can’t do this.”

He was once named the sexiest man alive by People Magazine. And he played the merc with the sewn up mouth and friggin’ laser beams shooting out of his eyes too. Oh, are we not supposed to ever talk about that ever again? My bad. How about the time he held the emerald-hued beacon of infinite light? No, not that either?

Well, at least Ryan Reynolds is the picture of perfect fatherhood… or rather he plays one on Twitter.

For Father’s Day, I thought about highlighting some of my favorite fictional dads. Who are the most iconic dads to have ever graced either the small or the silver screen? Then I remembered that I already discussed some TV dad role models like Al Bundy from Married with Children and Danny Tanner from Full House.

And just like Al “four touchdowns in a single game” Bundy, the father figure that Ryan Reynolds “plays” online probably shouldn’t be emulated in real life. That said, it’s great that Reynolds has a sense of humor about the whole situation and it’s pretty clear that the Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place actor really does embrace his life as a dad.

Fatherhood is hard. It really tests your patience and there are days when you just want to throw in the towel. You feel like you’re not up to the task, that you are completely drained, but you know you can’t give up. Sometimes, a child’s smile is the only compensation and motivation you need to keep going.

On Father’s Day, my daughter smiled at me. It was all the gift I needed as I packed a bag and left for 6 years to write a book on parenting.

This tweet is perhaps especially appropriate for me, as I’ve been working on a “parenting” book of sorts on and off for the better part of the last two or three years. It’s been a back burner project for me that I have now committed to a September 1st release date. Hold me accountable, Internet! I don’t want to take six years off to complete it.

Ryan, on the other hand, looks like he might need more than six years…

Tip: It’s important parents take little “time outs” for themselves too. Even if you feel pretty guilty when you return 14 years later.

Maybe he’ll get to it once he finishes building the crib…

Happy Father’s Day, everyone!