“Father’s Day is hopefully a time when the culture says, ‘This is our moment to look at who our men and boys are.’” Michael Gurian

Becoming a father is a rite of passage, and millennial dads are redefining what it means to be a dad by spending more time with their kids, taking a more active role in parenting, and redefining what it means to be a parent. Are you a different dad than your dad was?

Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it. – Mike Myers

Americans spend more than a billion dollars every year on Father’s Day gifts. According to the U.S. Census, there are more than 70 million fathers in America, and it’s Hallmark’s fifth biggest card giving occasion in the world. The necktie is the most popular Father’s Day gift (after greeting cards). Really, still?

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

The celebration of Father’s Day came about because of the determination of one woman, Sonora Smart Dodd, who wanted to honor her dad, William Smart, a Civil War Veteran. He raised Sonora and her five siblings after her mother died. While we celebrate in June to honor Smart’s birth month, Father’s Day is our time to celebrate our own dads and all the dads who are happy to have a summer Sunday excuse for barbecues.

“My favorite moments? Where it’s all going swimmingly, the sun’s out and I’ve got a fire going and a nice snake on the barbecue” –  Bear Grylls 

Father’s Day is June 21 this year. Happy Father’s Day!