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National Sons Day – March 4, 2023

Molding our sons into responsible men can either be seen as a perilous journey or an opportunity to grow as a human being. On National Sons Day, every March 4 and September 28, we think about our boys and the legacy we leave behind as parents.  More than that, we take the time to listen to our boys — to hear their dreams or fears and thoughts on changing the world. We all have a role to play. Men and women. Educators. Professionals at all levels.

When is National Sons Day 2023?

Sons around the world enjoy the spotlight and are spoiled on March 4. Another National Sons Day is observed annually on September 28.

History of National Sons Day

National Sons Day has taken on new meaning as we head  into the third decade of the 21st century. The #metoo era is long overdue — and society can no longer overlook the importance of raising our boys with this in mind. The good news? A crucial national conversation has begun — finally.

Parents of sons today face challenges that seem so obvious — yet no one saw coming. Who could have predicted the stunning downfall of so many of America’s most famous and powerful men in so little time? The list of names sent shock waves through the world of entertainment, media, tech and politics. And no one knows where we’re headed next.

One thing’s for sure — it all starts with teaching (and modeling) respect.

Here’s lifestyle writer (and dad) Christopher Dale in a recent article for Motherly: “Parents of boys are in a precarious position, one where the rules of inter-gender engagement seem to be in constant flux. As society understandably amplifies the voices of accusers, we find ourselves raising the potentially accused.”

Accused and accusers. That’s a lot for our kids to handle. So how do moms and dads navigate these treacherous waters? There’s no simple answer. We’re in uncharted territory here — and this discussion needs to go on for as long as it takes. Preparing our boys for this will require a level of guidance and communication that our predecessors in parenthood could never have envisioned – and that we ourselves have yet to fully grasp.

Aside from that, men have struggled with a stereotype of showing strength without fear or compassion. Luckily, as society incorporates “emotional” equity in the workplace and at home, we’re all redefining what it means to be a good son — and a good man.

National Sons Day was founded by Jill Nico in 2018. Let’s have meaningful conversations with our boys on this day.
It’s time.

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National Sons Day timeline


Ludwig van Beethoven's father, Johann, attempted a musical career, but we all remember his son, Ludwig, as one of the all-time greatest composers.


Robert Darwin carved out a successful career as a physician but his son, Charles, changes the course of history by publishing his book, "On the Origin of Species" — and gives a lot of credit to his father.

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is born, whose father and grandfather owned the successful architectural firm in Indiana, Vonnegut & Bohn — however, Kurt achieves greater success and fame as a writer.

Dr. King

In his book "An Autobiography of Religious Development," Martin Luther King Jr. writes the following of his father's influence: "[He] had a great deal to do with my going in the ministry. [...] He set forth a noble example that I didn't mind following."


What are the best father-son gifts?

Good gifts to choose from for fathers and sons are sentimental, personalized, and matching items. Think matching pajamas, engraved watches, or anything that captures your special bond.


What can I get when it comes to gifts for son from dad?

When it comes to gifts for sons from dad, anything that your son is interested in is a good idea. It could be sports, music, gaming, or better yet, something you can do together.

What are some ideas for a father and son to do together?

A great way to bond is by doing something you both enjoy. Gift ideas for a father and son to do together could include a shared product, such as robotic items, building sets, camping gear for a trip, or even an art project. There are many ways to go about this, and gifts such as a scratch-off list of activities you can do together are a wonderful option.

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