Father’s Day is almost here!

There are over 64 million fathers in the US alone. Father’s day is celebrated in 55 countries across the globe—on almost every continent. Research has shown that children with fathers who are actively involved in their lives learn more, have better problem solving skills and perform better in school. And the earlier Dad starts interacting with the child, the better! Reading with your youngsters helps them develop language and literary skills and a more in depth knowledge of the world around them.

This year, celebrate Father’s Day by spending time with your family. Whether it’s reading together, watching the game, or cooking for mom—taking time to be with each other is a great (and free!) way to let your family know how much they mean to you!

Here are some great suggestions from the national fatherhood clearinghouse on how to celebrate this year.

How has your father or father figure impacted your life? And fathers—what is the most rewarding thing about being a dad?

Finally, we’d like to say a big THANKS to all you dads out there for being positive role models and mentors in your children’s lives!

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