10 Exciting Ways To Honor Your Dad This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is fast approaching once again. As equally important our mothers are, fathers also deserve some honor as well. Dads have a huge role in the family. They are considered as the “provider” of the family. As the head, they are responsible for setting the rules that will be implemented in the house. They always have the final say about certain things and what they say cannot be broken. Fatherhood is not an easy job. Children will always look up to their fathers. In fact, when daughters get into their first relationship and eventually get married, they always look for a man who has the characteristics and attributes of their father. Sons, on the other hand, would look at their dads as an idol and the strongest man they would emulate.

Although fathers were usually seen as a provider and guide for their children, times have really changed. With mothers also entering the corporate world, fathers have also gotten a share of doing child rearing tasks as well. Nowadays, it is quite normal to see fathers changing diapers, feeding and putting babies to sleep, and other jobs that mothers would usually do. Likewise, there are now fathers who are involved in doing household chores such as laundry, doing the dishes, and cooking. This is a positive development because it can help strengthen father-child relationships and create stronger family bonds.

Here are some statistics compiled by the US Census Bureau regarding fatherhood:

  • There are approximately 70.1 million fathers in the United States as of 2012
  • There were 24.7 million fathers who were married and with children below 18 in 201. Of this number, 21 percent had three or more children below 18 and 3 percent were living in someone else’s home (America’s Families and Living Arrangements)
  • There were 1.7 million single fathers in 2011 representing 15% of all single parents. From this number, 10 percent were raising more than three children below 18 years old, 45% were divorced, 31% never married, 19% separated, and 5% widowed
  • There were 176,000 stay-at-home dads in 2011. They had been out of the labor force for a minimum of one year so they can take care of their family while their wives worked.
  • In 2010 approximately 17% of all US preschoolers were cared for by their fathers while their mothers are working

How It All Began

Although the idea of celebrating Father’s Day was attributed to 27-year old Sonora Louise Dodd, scholars believe that the history of the celebration dates back to as early as 4,000 years ago when records showed that a young boy named Elmesu carved a Father’s Day message on a card made from clay. The boy wished his Babylonian father good health and long life. There were no records about what happened to Elmesu and his father but the practice of honoring dads extended through modern times in different countries.

In 1909, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd came up with the idea of celebrating Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon. At the age of 27, Sonora had a strong affection for her father Mr. William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran. Her mother died while giving birth when Sonora was only 16. It was her father who loved and reared the newborn and five other children with love and care.

Getting her inspiration from Ms. Anna Jarvis, Sonora started a rigorous campaign to celebrate Father’s Day in the US. She got the support of the Spokane Ministerial Association and the local Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). And so the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910. Eventually, the event gained popularity throughout the US and Father’s Day came to be celebrated in cities throughout the country.

Seeing that the celebration of Father’s Day has gained ground in terms of popularity in the US, then President Woodrow Wilson approved the celebration in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge also approved the idea in 1924. Finally in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson issued a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. Six years later, President Richard Nixon set the third Sunday of June as the permanent national observance of Father’s Day. Sonora Smart Dodd was honored for her contribution at the World’s Fair in Spokane in 1974. She died in 1978 at the age of 96.

In 1957, Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote Congress. Her letter goes, “Either we honor both our parents, mother and father, or lest us desist from honoring either one. But to single out just one of our two parents and omit the other is the most grievous insult imaginable.”

The Importance of Fathers

One really cannot deny the role of fathers in keeping the family solid and stable. The role of the father was often relegated to secondary status as compared to mothers. But this is not the case because they are equally important as the mother. If the mother is responsible for child rearing, the father is the one responsible for developing the spiritual, emotional, physical, financial, and social well-being of the children.

It is worth noting that the United States is the world’s leader in fatherless families, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Likewise, the National Fatherhood Initiative revealed that 24 million children live without their biological fathers. In a 2012 U.S. Census Bureau study, more than 1.6 million babies were born out of wedlock.

Statistics have also proven the important role that fathers have in the development of their children. Without a father guiding them, children may end up being disorderly and disorganized with their behavior and personality. Here are some figures to support these claims:

  • US Department of Health/Census revealed that 63% of youth suicides came from fatherless homes. The figure is 5 times higher than the average
  • Nine out of ten homeless and runaway children came from fatherless homes.
  • The Center for Disease Control revealed that 85% of children who manifest behavior disorders are from fatherless homes which is 20 times higher than the average
  • 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes (Justice & Behavior, Vol. 14, p. 403-26)
  • The National Principals Association Report revealed that 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.

The lack of a father figure in the home can also have an impact in the education of children. Fatherless children are two times as likely to become an out-of-school youth. In contrastt, children with fathers are less likely to drop out of school and get an A in their grades. At the same time, they are likely to enjoy school and take part in extra-curricular activities.

Fathers also have a role in keeping their kids away from drug and alcohol abuse. According to a Columbia University study, children with both parents living in their home but have a poor relationship with their fathers are 68% more prone to smoking, drinking, or using drugs. Teens with single mothers are 30% more susceptible than their counterparts with two parents.

Furthermore, the National Fatherhood Initiative revealed that the absence of a biological father increases a daughter’s susceptibility to rape and sexual abuse of the boyfriend of their custodial mothers. For boys, fatherlessness can increased the occurrence of effeminacy, higher dependence, less successful adult heterosexual adjustment, greater aggressiveness, or exaggerated masculine behavior.

Make Your Dad Feel Special

Now that you know the importance of a father in the family, it is time to show them how much you are grateful to them for being the glue that binds the family. Here are some great ideas on how you can honor your dad on Father’s Day

1. Buy him tickets

Whether it’s for a Lakers or a Yankees game, giving your dad tickets to watch his favorite team can be a good way to show him you care. Spending Father’s Day on the game venue can make the event truly memorable for your dad.

2. Feed his passion for golf

Another great idea for celebrating Father’s Day is to share his passion for golf. If the fathers in the family love playing golf, you can organize a friendly tournament and then culminate the day with a family lunch or dinner.

3. Try the all-time favorite apparel

It could be a polka dot tie, custom socks, a tie, or a shirt. Although these items can be given during an ordinary occasion, you can add some spice to the event by giving something totally different. If you are settling for a shirt, make sure that it is one of a kind.

4. Treat him to a tasty dinner

There is a popular saying that goes, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” So if your dad is the one who does the cooking in the home, give him the day off and do the chore instead. You can cook his favorite dish or simply give him some home-baked delicacies. Food is always something delightful and your dad will surely appreciate eating whatever you will serve him.

5. Give him the day off in doing chores

You can celebrate Father’s Day by giving him a day off from doing his usual chores. For example, if your dad’s daily routine includes cleaning the car, on his special day, give him a break and be the one to clean the car.

6. Give them something that they won’t buy themselves

There are some cheap items that your dad may need but are not aware of it. A good example would be a pair of slippers which they think is not needed but will eventually realize its value.

7. Surprise him with DIY stuff

If your dad likes doing some repairs himself to save expenses, a great gift for Father’s Day would be a DIY kit. When choosing the kit, make sure that it has all the tools that he would need to do simple repairs such as screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, and other basic repair tools

8. Prepare a video

Have the entire family involved in this project. You can also include relatives or friends of your dad. I am sure that the heart warming messages you will give will touch even the hardest heart.

9. Organized a themed party

Set up a party to celebrate Father’s Day. Invite your dad’s friends, office mates, sports buddies, or family friends. Choose a theme that will best exemplify your dad such as sports or adventure. You can play some games to make the event fun for everyone who will attend the event.

10. Just show dad you love and care for them

No amount of gift would equal the show of love and care. Giving hugs and kisses everyday is a good enough gift for Father’s Day.

Father’s Day Gifts

In the market today for a Father’s Day gift? Are you wondering what gift can you give to your dad on his special day? There are a variety of options available at your disposal as well as places where you can buy them. Here are some suggestions based on a recent data collected in 2009:

  • There are around 7,708 men’s clothing store in the United States where you could purchase a tie
  • There are 15,734 hardware stores in the United States and 6,897 home stores where you could buy different kinds of tools
  • There are 21,628 sporting goods stores where you can find various gifts such as fishing gears and golf tools

A family will never be complete without a father or a mother. Both parents play an equally important role in the development of their children. Moms are the light and dads are the foundation of the home. Without one, the family would crumble.

Fathers deserve the same honor and respect given to mothers. There is no primary or secondary status when it comes to family matters. Providing for the needs of the family while caring for kids at the same time is a tough job. So with Father’s Day fast approaching, it is time to repay your dad for doing a good job in keeping your family strong and solid. Giving honor to your father should not always be done only during Father’s Day. We should honor and respect our dads all year long.

Sources:
History of Father’s Day
Surprise Dad This Father’s Day – Get Him A Gift He Actually Likes
Importance of Father’s Day
Father’s Day Gift Ideas
Statistics
Father Facts
Father’s Day Gifts for the Men in Your Life
Father’s Day Statistics

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