What does being a father mean to Usher? Everything!

The product of a fatherless home, the superstar singer says he makes a point to be present in his children’s lives. He calls sons Usher Raymond V, 5 and Naviyd Ely, 3, the greatest joy of his life.

“Being a father means everything in life as an African-American man,” he recently told ESSENCE.com.

The doting dad’s love for his children is obvious from the many twitpics and anecdotes he shares about them.

Here, we take a look at our favorite moments from Usher and his boys.