Let’s Celebrate Father’s Day!

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You may think Father’s Day hasn’t been around very long but the truth of the matter is that the first ever Father’s Day was almost 4,000 years ago in Babylon. It’s true, it has been recorded that a young boy called Elmesu, carved a Father’s Day message on card made out of clay and he wished his Babylonian father, “good health and a long life”.

Today’s more traditional Father’s Day has been created to compliment Mother’s Day and although this could raise the issue of whether Eve was made before Adam, I have to agree that this day is a very important and special event.

I personally feel that a lot of fathers don’t get the credit they deserve and so this day is especially important to acknowledge what they have achieved as a parent. I find that because women are usually seen to be the most tactile and who are not afraid to say those three little words ‘I love you’ dads tend to get brushed aside a little more often because saying endearments and demonstrating lots of love just doesn’t appear ‘manly’. Of course I understand how this doesn’t fit everyone’s criteria but for the majority of relationships I’ve seen over the years the mother is usually “the carer” whilst poor dad get the role of “disciplinarian”.

As a mother myself, I see how important Father’s Day is to my husband. Yes, he pretends he’s not bothered if he doesn’t receive a card and he doesn’t whinge if the kids don’t call; but deep down I know he hopes for some kind of acknowledgement that lets him know his kids think he’s done a great job in raising them. Indeed, everyone likes to know that they are well thought of and a card is usualy enough to pacify him (although presents are always eagerly excepted).

Today as a token gift I made him breakfast in bed. I know he’s not my dad but I wanted to thank him too for being such a wonderful support to me over the years and for helping me to grow into a strong yet loving parent. Dads are so important and sometimes I do feel that most of the emphasis and praise falls to the mother when in reality mums are quite often at a lost without the support of their partners.

Therefore, today I have organised a day out for my husband with the help of son number four, Kristian, (I have six sons all shown in the picture above). Son number two is popping along later for a quick drink and so is son number three, whilst son number five will no doubt turn up unannounced for dinner!

So, I think it is time for me to raise my glass and thank my husband for being such a great dad. This also includes all those great guys out there who are working hard to provide for their families and therefore don’t get as much time with their children as they would like. Being a dad is a tough job and it’s not all about playing football with your kids but is also about being strong when needed and no matter what, always standing by your family.

Have a great day and I wish each and everyone of you a wonderful time with your families.

By The Way – Did you know …

While Mother’s Day holds the record for most phone calls, Father’s Day has the most collect calls

• Hallmark considers Father’s Day to be the fifth largest card giving holiday.

• Children whose fathers are involved in their life in a beneficial way tend to do better in school and stay out of trouble.

• Scientists polled over a thousand adults to find that 28% felt that their fathers had the most influence on their lives, 53% chose their mothers and 15% credited both parents the same amount.

• About 80% of post WWII children grew up with two biological married parents.

Here’s The Best Part! Why Not Test Your Knowledge With A Fun Father’s Day Quiz:

http://www.pbs.org/specials/fathers-day-quiz/

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