This post was submitted by NFI's Manager of Outreach, Brittany DeFrehn. Brittany is currently out on maternity leave enjoying her new precious little girl, Adalynn.
Just a month ago my first child was born, a little girl, and thinking about this upcoming Father's Day makes me smile. I realize that in my life, it is the first time I will get to celebrate father's day. You may not be surprised for a first time father to be so excited, but I'm not the father...I'm the mother.
You see, I have never celebrated Father's Day before because my dad was never part of my life. As a child, Father's Day was a day for cookouts and for power tool ads on TV. It was a day for the other kids to make cards for their daddy's at school. What's sad is, I know that I am not alone in this experience. I know that there is an entire generation of children evolving into parents who will only now
celebrate Father's Day as fathers or mothers themselves - An entire generation who only now
know the meaning of daddy.
I don't know how you will celebrate Father's Day, but I do hope you have a reason to celebrate - every child and adult deserves a loving father. I know I plan to celebrate my daughter's amazing dad, and for the first time, I plan on making a card from a little girl to her daddy.
NASCAR is not only an incredibly popular sport, it is also a very family-friendly one. A recent USA Weekend story
highlighted just how family-centered the sport is, and featured three NASCAR dads in particular who embody those values - Jeff Burton, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Michael Waltrip
That is why National Fatherhood Initiative is very excited to be honoring those three dads with Fatherhood Awards
at this Sunday's race out in Sonoma, CA - the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.
During the pre-race ceremonies, NFI's Sr. VP of National Programming, Chris Brown, will be on the track to hand the awards to the dads while the track's PA announcer tells the crowd about NFI and the awards.
Tune in to TNT
at 2 p.m. eastern time (3 p.m. for the start of the race) to catch the action. The pre-race ceremony will not be broadcast live, but we are hopeful that throughout the broadcast, the awards will be discussed. You can also hear the race on the radio on the PRN network.
Today, I was looking for Fathers Day cards for a couple of friends who are new dads and I was just amazed at how many of them were focused on drinking, grilling and farting. In fact, one enterprising and creative poet was able to produce the trifecta and use all three in a single card. What talent
Now, anyone who knows me for more than 20 seconds will tell you that I am a guy who loves humor. In fact, I have certainly dealt a few fart jokes in my day. If you dont believe me, you can pull my finger.
That said, the folks in the card business have gone too far and now they really treat Fathers Day like its a national holiday to celebrate lazy frat boys. Furthermore, I noticed that, unlike on Mothers Day, the humor tends to make fathers the butt of the jokes. For example, for moms, the card writers tend to say stuff like despite all the times that I was a thoughtless idiot, you somehow managed to love me nonetheless. I love you Mom! For dads, it goes something like this: Dad, despite the fact that you are a clueless out of touch idiot, who is more interested in guzzling beer and guarding the TV remote control than parenting, somehow, despite my better judgment and the counsel of many, I managed to still love you... Happy Fathers Day!
Well, if you ask me, something just stinks about this
It seems to me that there is a silent but deadly plot afoot and I think we dads need to say enough is enough and make these card companies give us more than just a burst of hot air. Or, at least we should make them leave the room.
Congrats to the winners of our Fibers.com t-shirt contest! Check out the winning designs:Dad to the BoneDefinition of a DadProud to be a Dad
$5 from your purchase of any of these shirts will go toward NFI's essential work of connecting fathers and families - so pick up one of these t-shirts for your dad's Father's Day gift! Check it out at www.fibers.com
Yes, that's right. You could win an iPad. (Hey, we really like Father's Day. And contests.)
We've partnered with Fibers.com for a Father's Day t-shirt contest. Submit your design and get all your friends, family members, uncles, cousins twice removed, etc., to vote. If your design wins, you'll get a free iPad. Plus, there are plenty of other cool prizes.
And, proceeds from the winning tee will help support our programs and initiatives!To submit a design and/or vote, visit http://www.fibers.com/contests/fathers-day-2010.
And, the winners of a free copy of Memento
are (drum roll, please):
Aaron Anderson (The Princess Bride)
Tom Wolf (Mrs. Doubtfire)
Kirk (12 Angry Men)
Johnny Bravo (Pursuit of Happyness).
Email Vince by this Friday, June 4, at email@example.com to claim your prize. And thanks for answering the question...you guys have great taste in movies!