Our fathers led very different lives in different times to our own, writes Helen Goltz.

With Father’s Day approaching, we reflect on the very different lives that each generation of fathers has lived.

The men of the Silent Generation (born 1925-1942) grew up knowing the effect of the war and the Depression and wanted more for their children. Men from the Baby Boomers Generation (born 1946-1964) rejected many traditional values and saw enormous change including man walking on the moon.

They were influenced by demonstrations against war and inequality. The men of Generation X (born 1965-1980) were the first latch-key kids; wives/partners worked and divorce rates soared. Their parents were retrenched, so they felt little company loyalty. The men of Generation Y (born 1980-2000) are carving a place in a technology-driven world.

Who was your father?