Flat Daddies show up in numerous places and family events. As a way to help those with a common desire to connect with their loved ones, we offer this web space to share how Flat Moms and Dads participate in the lives of those who care to share.

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My daughter loves seeing her daddy, even though it's not the real him. Our daughter is 9 months old, and with her daddy being oversea's she didn't really know who he was besides from pictures. Well now that we have our flat daddy she can walk up to him and touch him. My heart melts everytime she waves at the flat daddy, and says "Dada" then opens her mouth real big, and gives him kisses. Thank you for our Flat Daddy. We wouldn't be able to get through this if it wasn't for the flat daddy.

Brandi Lipinski


My husband just left for Iraq for the second time and I have my ups and downs but my way of dealing with it is prayer. I have a 15 year old step son who lives in Florida. My husband and I were trying to have a child together but we have had difficulties and then he had to leave so that makes it hard. I try to be strong for him because I do not want him to have to worry too much while he is gone. We have only been married for 4 years and in that time, 2006, was the first full year we have had together. Many people ask me how I get through and I tell them God, My Family and My Husband. Otherwise I would be pulling my hair out. During the time of his deployment I do not watch the News nor do I read articles in the paper or on the computer because I do not think that I could cope the way that I do not knowing. I thank everyone who supports the Soldiers and their families, without you guys and gals we wouldn't make it. I always tell my husband before our conversation ends: That I Love Him, I Miss Him and To Be Safe, and I let him know that he is My Bestfriend, My Soulmate And My Hero. Thank you for letting me share my story.....

Eunice Aiken

I have 4 children, 10, 6, 2 and newborn. My 6yr old son likes to hug the flat daddy. My 2yr old daughter has to have the flat daddy next her bed watching over her as she sleeps. For the first 3 months daddy was gone she would wake up every night screaming for daddy. She also likes to take daddy shopping and on drives with us. She's always kissing him and laying him on the living floor so she can lay on his lap to watch t.v. My newest son was born shortly after my husband got to Iraq so he didn't get to hold the baby until he came home on leave 6 months later. The baby will be 11 months old when my husband comes home in a few weeks. Even though daddy hasn't been here his first word was still "dada". The flat daddy is always around so I know it will make the reunion more smooth and exciting... as it should be. Thank you for helping my children during this difficult time! OK, me too... I love seeing his face staring back at me.

Stacy Beilke

We love our Flat Daddy; he goes everywhere with us. The boys love taking him places, we don't want to leave daddy out of anything that we do. We took him to the Columbia, SC Zoo yesterday; he had such a great time. We always send daddy pictures of his adventures. The people he's deployed with love seeing what he did that day! Such a great idea; we thank you for doing this. I know it's helped our boys having Flat Daddy here. He's playing X-Box with them right now...LOL

Wendy Messner

We received our flat daddy about a week before my son turned 3. He was thrilled to see such a life-size picture of daddy! He helped me stick it to the poster and cut it out! He carried him around the house and yard showing him everything! He played with him when he woke up in the mornings and before bed at night. Daddy helped with bathtime, watched us read books, and even watched us eat dinner. It was just so nice to have a reminder of daddy around. I even caught my son reading books to daddy. But the photo shows the true importance of our flatdaddy, when mommy couldn't make it better, there was flatdaddy. Thank you flattdaddies for helping so many families through the months. You are such a blessing!

Amanda Brandon