Father’s day often gets forgotten but fathers need to be thanked too. Don’t wait until father’s day to do it.
“What do I owe my father? Everything.” ~ Henry Van Dyke
The idea for Father’s day began when Sonora Dodd, of Washington, was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.
“Dad, wherever you are, you are gone
but you will never be forgotten.”
~ Conrad Hall
Sonora wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart was widowed when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. He was left with his newborn baby and his other five children by himself on a farm.
Sonora, as an adult, realized the selflessness of her father raising his children as a single parent making all the parental sacrifices. Her father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
Later in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s Day but is was not until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
The Father’s Day Song. A funny song for Dads.
According to The Fatherhood Project, “Children who feel a closeness to their father are twice as likely to enter college or find stable employment after high school, 75 percent less likely to have a teen birth, 80 percent less likely to spend time in jail and half as likely to experience multiple depression symptoms.”
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” ~ Jim Valvano
That quote sums it up for me and my father. I know he believed in me.
This is an old photo of me with my Dad.
I am so grateful that my father believed in me. Thank you, Dad. May you be resting in deep peace since I will not be visiting you on Father’s Day.
Below is one of Randy with his dad and family
“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.” ~ Anne Sexton
Some Reasons Why Father’s Day is Important
Fathers are very important in the health and well-being of a child. They listen to their fathers about what they should be doing or not doing.
“Children want to make their fathers proud, and an involved father promotes inner growth and strength. Studies have shown that when fathers are affectionate and supportive, it greatly affects a child’s cognitive and social development. It also instills an overall sense of well-being and self confidence.” says the Pediactric Associates
Being a Father Can Make You Healthier
- If you are sedentary – you will be forced to run around with your kids, which often leads to exercising more frequently. “Men realize they need to take care of themselves if they want to be around for their children, ” says Kenneth Goldberg, M.D., author of The Men’s Health Longevity Program (Rodale Press, 2001). “Mortality, ” he adds, “is a great motivator for men.”
- Being a father can give you a heightened sense of purpose. “Fatherhood comes with a lot of great health perks. Not only does it inspire men to take better care of themselves physically, but it also fills them with a sense of purpose that genuinely enhances their psychological well-being,” says Marcus Goldman, M.D., author of “The Joy of Fatherhood: The First Twelve Months.”
- Being a father can protect your heart, according to research. In a study of 135,000 married or formerly married men, dads who had one or more children were 17 percent less likely to die from heart disease than men who had no children.”The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is higher for childless men than for fathers, according to a large study led by a researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine.”
If your diet was beer and pizza you will most likely eat that less often when you are a father as you might naturally find yourself cooking healthier meals for your kids and yourself.
- Kids can help to provide stress release as they tend to bring imagination, silliness, and innocence to your life, which can alleviate symptoms of stress and lighten the burden of adulthood.
“Dads who have good relationships with their children are less likely to suffer from chest pain, insomnia, fatigue, indigestion, and dizziness,” says psychologist Rosalind Barnett, Ph.D.
- Love is one of the greatest healers. Unconditional love from a child can change a man’s life.
- Research indicates that men who smoke have a higher rate of quitting when they become fathers. The desire to be a good role model and set a good example can be helpful for quitting bad habits.
“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” ~ Sigmund Freud
Gifts for father’s day:
Give him a foot massage.
Make him his favourite breakfast.
Buy him a Gift Card.