Father’s Day is a special day set aside for sons and daughters to show their dads how much he means to them. However, it’s more than that. It’s a day to show the world just how important dads are.
Every year, fathers are celebrated with cards, poems, and gifts as a way to be honoured for all they do for their children throughout the year. Father’s Day is a wonderful way to show dads how much they are appreciated and loved. Celebrated in June, it’s a great time of year for picnics and BBQ’s in which to spend some quality time with fathers, while giving them thanks for everything they do. So, what are the history and origins of Father’s Day?
WHEN IS FATHER’S DAY?
Although the origins of Father’s Day began in the beginnings of the 1900s, it didn’t become an official holiday in the United States until 1966. A summer holiday, it doesn’t fall on the same date each year. Instead, it’s celebrated on the third Sunday in the month of June.
HISTORY OF FATHER’S DAY
One of the earliest Father’s Day celebrations took place in West Virginia in 1908. An official Father’s Day took place on June 19th, 1910 when Mrs. John B. Dodd was able to convince the mayor of Spokane and the governor of Washington that there should be a holiday to honour fathers.
In 1911, an attempt to celebrate dads was made in Chicago, Illinois. Due to the fact that there was no television or internet back in these days, most likely none of the earlier pursuers of forming a holiday for dads knew of the others attempts. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge liked the idea of a holiday to celebrate fathers. Father’s Day didn’t become an official holiday in the United States until 1966.
ORIGINS OF FATHER’S DAY
Father’s Day began due to the love a daughter had for her father. Mrs. John B. Dodd grew up on a farm in eastern Washington. She was one of six children. Sadly, her mother lost her life while giving birth to her sixth child.
This left her father, William Smart, to raise all six children on his own. When Mrs. Dodd grew up, she realized what a difficult job her dad had single handedly raising a family of six. She decided to try to find a way to not only honour her father for all of his hard work, but for all dads for everything they do for their kids.
Nowadays, Father’s Day is celebrated throughout many countries around the world. Dads are honoured with cards and gifts and often times family picnics or BBQ’s take place. With all that dads do for their kids, this special day for dads is a way kids can show their love and appreciation by honouring their fathers and thanking them for all they do.
Father’s Day: Why Dads Are Important
Fathers play a very important role in the lives of their children. In fact, they have a much bigger influence in their kid’s life than most people are aware of.
Here are a few of the reasons why dads are important and should be honoured on Father’s Day:
1. By spending time and playing with their kids, dads help them to develop healthier emotional and psychological behaviours.
2. Dads teach their daughters that women are to be treated with respect and decency at all times, which helps prevent them from making bad choices when they start dating.
3. They teach their sons how to treat women with respect and how to love and cherish the woman in their life.
4. Dads have a way of teaching their kids how to be courageous and to never compromise the things they believe to be important.
5. Fathers tend to push their kids to be more independent and to explore the world a little more than moms. Women tend to hold tight and try to always protect their kids, even when they should let go.
6. They often provide more stimulating play than moms do. As a result, kids learn how to deal with aggressive feelings a little better than kids who grow up without a father.
7. Dads teach their kids that the sky is the limit and they should always follow their dreams.
8. They have a huge influence in their child’s academic success. They help to encourage them to keep trying and push hard to achieve their goals.
9. Dads help children to feel more safe or protected emotionally, which makes them less likely to make bad decisions later in life.
10. Kids learn how to respect and protect themselves from their dads, who are always looking after them and making sure they’re safe.
This Father’s Day show dad how much you love him by thanking him for everything he does and has done for you!