The family unit is something we seem to redefine all the time. The days of mom and dad and two kids and a dog and the white picket fence are not as common as they used to be and things have changed over the last half century or so. Divorce, second and third marriages, step kids, half siblings, extended family units, same sex marriages, adoption, etc., all shift our definition of family.
So when we look at long standing traditions like Mother’s Day last month (thanks mom, you rock!) and in many countries around the world, Father’s Day today, we can think of the people not the situation and give pause to the relationship we have or had with him. And thanks to Sonora Smart Dodd who founded Father's Day at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington in 1910.
A few words as we raise a mug to dads today...
Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.
We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
Henry Ward Beecher
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. Mark Twain
Never raise your hand to kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. Red Buttons
It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. Johann Schiller
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person,
he believed in me. Jim Valvano
The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get. Tim Russert
Kneale Mann | Leadership and Culture strategist, writer, speaker, executive coach engaging leaders, collaborative teams, and strong business results.