Tarek El Moussa shares moving post on fatherhood: 'Being a dad is not easy'


Tarek El Moussa has a deep appreciation for his children.

The Flip or Flop star opened up about fatherhood in a moving Instagram post on Thursday, revealing the kind of role model he hopes to be to his two kids with his ex-wife, Christina El Moussa, Taylor and Brayden.

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"Well...my kids go home today and I'm sitting in my car on set as I write this," the 38-year-old reality star wrote. "Being a dad is not easy...it takes love, hard work, patience and the understanding that everything you do today around your children will affect them for the rest of their lives."

"My number one goal in life that I WILL accomplish is being the best dad, friend and mentor to my children," Tarek added. "I just love them so much and I want them to live the best life ever! I ❤️❤️❤️ you Tay and Bray!!"

Being a loving father is nothing new to Tarek, who took to Instagram earlier this month to share a cute picture with his two little ones, writing, "Being a father to these two amazing kids is the best feeling in the world!"

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Happy 7th Birthday #TaylorReese .... Smart, Fun, Funny, Sassy, Sweet and Beautiful. Taylor you are the most amazing little girl and I'm so lucky to be your mama. Love you more than the 🌝🌙⭐️
Being a father to these two amazing kids is the best feeling in the world!! We are so lucky to be able to take photos and track our lives and capture amazing photos like this one! Their smiles says it all!! Just love love love these two❤️❤️❤️❤️!! Photo by @mamiemccall
Back to #DADLIFE!!!! Cabo was fun... Vegas was a blast... but nothing compares to being at home with my babies!!!❤️❤️❤️ them!!
I see these huge smiles and glowing eyes and my heart melts. Now... more then ever.... I truly understand what it is to be a father. Love your kids, protect your kids, create memories with your kids and make sure they live the absolute best happiest life ever!!!!!❤️❤️❤️ just love love love love love them soooo much!!! Happy Father's Day!! Tay and Bray I love you more than the galaxy as Taylor would say!
He #LOVES his daddy❤️❤️❤️❤️
My kindergarten grad 👩🏼‍🎓 #timeflies
Yes it is #normalisboring
LOOK at my BIG GIRL❤️❤️!! Cutest thing we have done... wake surfing together:). I cherish every moment with my kiddos, they are no joke my obsession. They grow and change every day and it's the most amazing thing in the world to watch. We should all strive every day to create memories that will stay with them forever!!! Happy Saturday folks!! Watch my story and see the videos❤️❤️
Tay woke up yesterday and wanted to get her ears pierced ... (exciting moment for mommy too) so we went this morning..I remember getting mine done when I was 6 and how excited I was ... She was so brave, not one tear. #loveher ❤️
Headed out of town for a quick trip with my bestie for a little R&R ☀️#ThursdayVibes 🌟 #WWCZD 😉
Current dress obsession and that wallpaper! 😍 http://liketk.it/2rku1 #liketkit @liketoknow.it
BREAKING NEWS!!!!!! It's time to announce that our show, the OG Flip or Flop is being renewed for 20 episodes... I know many of our fans have been wondering about this and it's finally happening. Regardless of the situation, our job is to flip homes and create a TV show for people to enjoy around the world... be prepared for some disasters and crazy projects on the upcoming season... it's almost... GO TIME! Who's excited about this??? I am!
Watching Tay play soccer ⚽️ with this cutie this morning is the best 💙
Fun evening presenting at the day time Emmy awards ... ⭐️and super excited to start filming a brand new season of #fliporflop ✨
#Ain't no party like a #princess party!! ( In a gangsta rap voice)!! #Vegas was fun but this is the best party ever!!!
#Exactly 3 years ago today!! She is the #love #of my life and I'm #proud to say we are #closer than ever!! Taylor Reese and Malia Rose I love you!!!!!.... #daddy's #girl❤️❤️❤️❤️
Take me back to Maui! Had the best trip ever with my babes...and this dress 😍 #TBT @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2raLr #liketkit
Maui days are the best days ☀️🌈
Happy Easter 🐰💙🙌🏼
It's 5 o'clock here #mauilife @veuveclicquot
On #set today with my #loves!!:I love creating #memories on camera together.. many many #years from now we will sit with our #grandkids and binge watch #fliporflop!! So #lucky to do what we do! Just LOVE them❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Happy #Valentines day to the #love of my #life!! Our bond is stronger than ever and I'm so lucky to have this angel in my life! She is my #absolute best #friend and my heart and #soul... I can't wait to be by her side and watch her grow for the rest of my #life.. she is so #amazing that words can't describe it. #daddy #loves you #tay!!! And of course the worlds most amazing boy #Brayden!
#SundayFunday with @RobertDrenk gotta get that dad time in when we're not enjoying our little ones #dadlife #Bungalow #santamonica we are coming #tonight!
Me and my #love watching A Dogs Purpose!! Love when she sits on my lap during #movies!! Guaranteed #two hours of #cuddling!!
Just another #day tearing up #chuckecheese.. its the kids #lasvegas gambling for tickets!! #dad is going to the real #Vegas tomorrow!!😳
Just a #normal day... Me and #bigboy waiting for the girls to line up to take a #photo with him...he needs #private #security
#daddy #daughter #date!! You may have seen us live last night getting tore up by the girls!! We had a blast and went bowling and we didn't stand a chance! We had so much fun with our #kiddos!!
Two #dads three #daughters and a pink jeep!! Hashtag#dadlife!! Hope you enjoyed the shenanigans on the live feed tonight!! Me and @robertdrenk have so much #fun with our #girls! It's nice to find another #amazing #dad to share our fun with!
Shopping for flips with #TaylorReese and .... we have the same taste.. ❤...we love a fun print! #fliporflop @hgtv
Huge shout out to my girl right here @cazeb ... My best friend - turned publicist extraordinaire - has been by my side since we were 14 years old ... she has always supported me and had my best interest at heart- and during this difficult time she has been a ray of positivity and such a role model ... Cassie you are the best friend anyone could ask for and I am so lucky to have you in my life. Here's to always laughing together and finding joy in every hardship ... C&C ❤
I've never met a group of more positive, fun-loving, funny... all around amazing guys... filming 7 seasons of #FlipOrFlop has been a breeze because of them. I ❤️ each and every one of you. @hgtv
#ThursdayVibes ✨ #nofilter and happy 😉
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And those are just a couple of the nice moments of the HGTV star living his best #DadLife.

Looks like Tarek always has time to make happy memories with his children!

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See photos of Tarek's ex, Christina El Moussa:

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Christina El Moussa's style through the years
When I was asked by the super talented @damir_k to do a photoshoot you can bet I went for it. @damir_k you are the best in the industry 💯. Gorgeous dress @waltercollection makeup @pinkdustcosmetics hair @shanrbeauty
Welcome to the family!! @cashiethefrenchbulldog 🐶 Click link in my bio!! 👙🍩
And it's love 💙🐶 #Cash @bluestarfrenchies @cashiethefrenchbulldog
Happy #33 @akeith9999 ❤👯 dress is @topshop
Fun day presenting on stage ... now off to explore Toronto with @bee_elise 💙
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Television personality Christina El Moussa attends All-Star Chef Classic at L.A. Live Event Deck on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
@rails_la on a hot summer day ❤️💙🌝
GOOD MORNING AMERICA Christina El Moussa is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' Tuesday, February 21, airing on the ABC Television Network. {Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, CHRISTINA EL MOUSSA
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Christina El Moussa attends Tarek and Christina, TV's Favorite House Flippers, Featured at TREND/Stone Source Event in New York on September 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Favorite outfit- denim, graphic tee, rockstud boots. 💯 #liveinit @pinklaundryboutiques
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 12: Christina El Moussa attends the TREND Group and Granite Transformations global rebranding and ?Immense? product collection launch event at Temple House on March 12, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
A @rails_la big buckle and boots kinda day 💋 @walletbuckle
We've been on hiatus for 3 weeks .. I've so enjoyed my time off with my babes and living in yoga pants... But it does feel good to have a fresh blow out and some big girl clothes on. Time to make some #fliporflop #season6 tv magic. Jacket and boots from @pinklaundryboutiques
A fresh blowout and a big bump! #39weeks plus 4 days.. But who's counting 😐👶 All new episode of #fliporflop follow-up on tonight! @hgtv
Happy 4th!! 💙❤️💥 #33weeks
Starting episode number 8 for season 5 of #FlipOrFlop today... And officially in my 8th month! #32weeks Only 8 weeks to go 💙👶
Officially in my 3rd trimester!! 😊💙 #28weeks time is flying by now....!!!
Rocking a braid and a bump! #24Weeks 💗👶
outdoor photos in this 90 degree Yorba Linda heat. This should be interesting 😳
First day of filming the last episode of #FlipOrFlop season 4! 🌟💗 loving this half up hair style w a little braid @shanrbeauty
#FlipOrFlop solo open house day. Wish me luck!
Open house time! How cute is this room staged by @identityhome ?!! 🎀
Day 2 in camo but a little top to bottom switch. 😬 @currentelliott #fliporflop
First day back to work after two weeks off... First day I've actually gotten ready in two weeks 😬. Hair makeup clothes.. Oh my. @pinklaundryboutiques vest and jewels 💕
Finally not 80 degrees in the OC!! ⛅️Obsessed with fall clothing and my new @pinklaundryboutiques sweater and necklace! 💕 time to go film some #FlipOrFlop
LAKEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 13: Christina El Moussa, host of HGTV's hit show Flip or Flop, visited the HGTV Santa HQ at Lakewood Center. The reality star visited with Santa, toured the new digital Santa headquarters and celebrated the holidays with fans on December 13, 2014 in Lakewood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Lakewood Center)
WHITTIER, CA. - JULY 19, 2013: Filming of HGTV's 'Flip or Flop' reality TV show hosts Tarek El Moussa and his wife Christina El Moussa discuss what to do with this recently purchase house in Whittier on July 19, 2013. The single story 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1,112 sq. ft home came with a bonus room. It was discovered the bonus room had a bad foundation and was demolished.Today the hosts of 'Flip or Flop' discuss what to do in order to flip the house. (Photo by Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
TV hosts Tarek El Moussa , right, and his wife Christina El Moussa, second from right, talk during filming of HGTV's 'Flip or Flop' reality TV show as they discuss what to do with this recently purchase house in Whittier on July 19, 2013. The single story 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1,112 sq. ft home was purchased for $275,000 cash in a short sale. They will put up to $40,000 into fixing it up and hope to sell for $350,00- $400,000. It came with a bonus room. It was discovered the bonus room had a bad foundation and was demolished. They also discovered mold between the walls. (Photo by Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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