Balancing Fatherhood's Burdens Is a Small Feat for Steven Holmes

updated 02/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Steven Holmes, 24, of Yorkshire, England, is not the first father to let his daughter walk all over him. What is unique is that he encourages it. As a result, this balanced posing has made a celebrity of 10-month-old, 19-pound Samantha, who, interestingly, needs help to stand on her own two feet.

The novel practice was conceived when Holmes, a Royal Air Force technician, came across a photo of a woman balancing a 3-month-old child on her palm. "So I tried that," reports Holmes, who has always been good at balancing things, "and it was successful. So I thought, 'Why not go one better?' " Holmes pooh-poohs the danger. "I know she won't fall, but the problem is getting other people to believe it," boasts Holmes, although he is unsure how long the collaboration will continue. "When she starts to realize what is happening, I don't know if she'll want to do it anymore." For now though, when Samantha makes a stand, locks her pudgy little knee and puts her foot down, her proud papa is only too glad to take it on the chin.

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