In a heartening tale from Thailand, a devoted single dad, Joe Lookphonbodee, became the hero of his daughter’s Mother’s Day celebrations in the most unexpected way.

Mother’s Day in Thailand is a day of joyous celebrations, but for those without a mom, it can be a poignant reminder of absence. Not wanting his adopted daughter, Nong Cream, to feel left out, Joe, affectionately known as “Teacher Joe,” decided to step into a role traditionally reserved for moms.

Why a Single Dad Decided to Dress Up as “Mom” for the Day


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In a delightful turn of events, Joe, a P.E. instructor at his daughter’s school, donned a wig and a gingham dress to attend Nong Cream’s Mother’s Day school event. In Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated on August 12, marked by special ceremonies where students pay respects to their moms with jasmine flowers.

Joe’s motivation was simple but profound. He expressed, “When the school organizes Mother’s Day activities, I don’t want my child to have an inferiority complex. Personally, I’m not ashamed because I love my child.”

A heartwarming video captures the essence of this extraordinary gesture. Dressed as “Mom” for the day, Joe’s entrance is met with a warm embrace from his daughter. The joy on Nong Cream’s face is palpable as she hugs her dad, expressing gratitude for his creative approach to ensure she felt the love on Mother’s Day.

In the video’s caption, Joe playfully mentions, “’Mom’ I can be for you, hahaha,” showcasing the lighthearted spirit with which he embraced this unconventional role.

Joe’s act not only broke societal norms but also turned what could have been a challenging day into a cherished memory for both father and daughter. In Nong Cream’s words, “I don’t feel embarrassed. This year’s Mother’s Day, I want to say I love my father. Thank you, Dad, for raising me and making me happy.”

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The video, shared widely, struck a chord with people globally, spreading smiles and admiration for Joe’s unconditional love and commitment to his daughter. It is a testament to the extraordinary lengths parents go to ensure their children feel valued and included.

“Even though I am a single father and her stepfather, I always tell Cream that she is my daughter, and I love her like my own biological child. I will do my best as both father and mother in order to take care of my girl,” Joe said as per Dexerto.

In the tapestry of single parenthood, Joe Lookphonbodee’s story stands out as a vibrant thread, weaving love, creativity, and resilience. His dedication to making Mother’s Day special for Nong Cream not only showcases the power of unconventional gestures but also reinforces the idea that love transcends societal expectations.

As we celebrate stories like Joe’s, may it inspire us all to embrace love in its myriad forms and appreciate the lengths parents go to bring joy to their children’s lives. Joe’s transformation into “Mom” is not just a playful act; it’s a profound symbol of parental love that knows no boundaries.