The millennial dad is the epitome of progress. While many dismiss millennial men as "soft," the new millennial man is an important step towards equality. He isn't a "softer version of what men used to be," he's the kind of man who respects women and is equally present in all aspects of a relationship. Millennial men are redefining partnership and parenting, too. They are more involved, more in-tune, and more aware. So, yeah, in my opinion millennial dads are the best dads ever, because they have realized there is much more to parenting than just fiscal support. Instead, they recognize that in addition to financial support (sometimes, although not always in many cases) they're also responsible for raising and guiding their kids through childhood and into adulthood.
The Baby Boomer dads, born between 1946-1964, are not really known for their involved parenting style. Although this is a generalization, and many Baby Boomer dads were involved in their kids' lives, generalizations are important to note when measuring progress. Generally, Baby Boomer dads worked long hours, didn't come home until the kids were almost in bed, and had very little involvement in actual parenting and household chores. These dads were the "rule makers" and the "disciplinarians."
Baby Boomers were also children of war, raised by men who have been through war, taught that "crying was for wusses," told that real men must "act like men," and believed "women's work" was an actual thing. They watched their mothers subservience to their fathers and saw them stay home and cook and clean. This is how Baby Boomers were brought up.
The Baby Boomer women, however, watched their mothers relentlessly give up their freedoms for their husbands and witnessed their husbands be virtually absent from parenting and housework. As a result, they raised their sons (who are millennial men) with the mindset of equality. They made sure their sons respected, supported, and cherished women. They made sure their sons were better husbands and fathers than their own husbands and fathers. This, dear reader, is what progress looks like.
Sure, this is all, again, a generalization. I cannot claim that all millennial men are one way — progressive, feminist, down with equality and inclusiveness, or even involved in their children's lives — or that there still isn't a boatload of work to be done when it comes to gender equality and shared parenting responsibilities. However, it does seem like more and more fathers are changing what society thinks "fatherhood" should look like or mean. They're present, they're involved, and they're, you know, parents.