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AN ODE TO DAD

June 15, 2013
Happy Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day

Do you think they celebrate Father’s Day in Argentina? How about Australia? Belgium? Brazil? France? Germany? Japan? New Zealand? Norway? How about India? For every “no” you responded, you would be incorrect. Although not always on the same day throughout the world, the people living in all these countries, set aside a special day to celebrate and honor dads.

Scholars believe this has been an on-going tradition for 4,000 dating back to the ruins of Babylonia when a young boy named Elmesu created the first Father’s Day card when he carved his good will wishes to his father out of clay. Although there is no further mention of the boy or his father, the tradition of honoring our father’s for the important role they play in our lives has lived on.

Here in the United States, Ms. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, most likely inspired by the struggle Ms. Anna Jarvis faced to promote Mother’s Day in 1909, began her own rigorous campaign to celebrate Father’s Day. Mr. William Jackson Smart was a Civil War veteran and when Sonora’s mother died while in childbirth, Mr. Smart raised the newborn and his five other children.

President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of making Father’s Day a national holiday in 1924 in order to “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.” Finally, in June of 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. And then, in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June; 58 years after Mother’s Day became an official holiday in this country, Father’s Day became an official holiday.

DAD’S CONTRIBUTION

Dad and Daughter

Dad and Daughter

There is no doubt that both parents are very important to a child’s development. But as a generality, mothers do more explicit nurturing while fathers get more involved in physical and rough and tumble play. And with economic demands where they are and the two-parent working family, dads have much more actual hands-on involvement with care giving than ever before. Mr. Mom changes diapers, gets up at night, takes children to the doctors, shares drop-offs and pick-ups, and helps with homework much more often than his father and his father’s father before him.

Beyond the young, development stage of a child’s life, dad’s demonstrate the way a man should act. It is the model that dad projects that has a major impact on the type of man their sons become and the type of father’s young girls look for in their mates. …Pretty hefty responsibility!

A TIME FOR GRATITUDE

I Love You, Dad

I Love You, Dad

While it may not be seen as the most macho thing to do, letting the father figure in your life know how much they mean to you is extremely important. Although we take one day a year out to focus on it, the sentiment and process is year-long, every day.

Bypass any anxiety or emotional excuse that may be standing in the way of you acknowledging the men in your life who teach and father you. If it makes it easier to send a card or an email or link to a special song or article, then do it that way. But do it. Let the special men in your life know that they are valued and that what they do for you is not going unnoticed and unappreciated. Don’t hesitate to say “Thank You!” But most of all, tell how much you love them!

ABOUT ME

I’m a licensed clinical social worker and have worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. I combine professional experience in the mental health field along with my love of writing to provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. I hope my down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life is easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!

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One Comment
  1. Sue Suwak Herman permalink

    Keep it going! Very good article…….

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