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Monthly Spotlight: Father's Day

Father's Day

  Every year on Father’s Day, we honor the men who help shape our character through their love, guidance, and devotion.  Dads and father figures across the country sacrifice so much to support their families and to ensure that their children can lead fulfilling lives. 

  For many of us, Father’s Day is an opportunity to pause and remember the fathers, stepfathers, father figures, grandfathers, brothers, and children that we have lost — but who are never gone.  Too many of us know a dad who was lost too soon or a father who has lost a child.  The pain runs deep, but we draw strength from knowing that our loved ones will always remain with us.

  On Father’s Day, we pay tribute to the dads, stepdads, grandfathers, and father figures who lift us up on their shoulders so that we can reach our full potential.  We express our gratitude for all that they sacrifice on our behalf.  We honor the contributions they make every day to strengthen their families and our Nation. --White House: A Proclamation on Father's Day, 2022

The third Sunday of June is generally observed as Father's Day throughout the United States. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, is most frequently credited with originating the idea for a Father's Day observance in 1909 that spread far beyond the confines of her own church. Her inspiration was her own father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who had been widowed when his daughter and five sons were very young. Realization of the difficulties he must have had raising his young, motherless family on a farm in eastern Washington and appreciation for his constant devotion to his family sparked Dodd's desire to honor all fathers.

President Woodrow Wilson publicly approved of the idea for a national Father's Day in 1916. While Wilson was still president, a Father's Day of a different kind was observed on November 24, 1918, when at the suggestion of Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the World War I American Expeditionary Force in France, the fathers at home wrote to their sons in the field and the sons in the field wrote home.

President Calvin Coolidge also lent public support to the establishment of Father's Day as a national holiday, but the idea faced opposition as well. Some men viewed the holiday as contrary to notions of masculinity, while others saw it as pure commercialism. In the 1920s and 30s, there was a sustained campaign to combine Father's Day and its counterpart Mother's Day into one celebration known as Parents' Day, though this movement dwindled during the Great Depression and World War II. It was not until 1966 when the date of Father's Day was officially set as the third Sunday in June by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and in 1972 President Richard Nixon signed legislation permanently recognizing the holiday at the federal level. --Salem Press Encyclopedia

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”  --

  1. Learn about his family tree
    1. Crash Course in Genealogy
    2. 9 Tips to Start Your Family Tree
    3. 18 Free Websites for Genealogy Research
  2. Make a homemade gift
    1. 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun
    2. The Craft of Comedy
  3. Take a mini vacation
    1. The National Mississippi River Museum
      1. Show a student ID or Military ID and you get a discount on entry at the box office
    2. Adventure Land
      1. Have military discounts online and in person
    3. Rail Explorers
    4. Lost Island Waterpark / Themepark
      1. Discounts for military and seniors with ID
      2. Kids 48" or under get a discount at the gate for the waterpark
  4. Play games/family game night
    1. Mystify Word Scramble Game
    2. Scrabble
    3. Balderdash: The Classic Bluffing Game
    4. Guesstures
    5. Trivial Pursuit
    6. Apples to Apples
    7. Scattergories
  5. Serve breakfast in bed
    1. Good Housekeeping, The Great Potluck Cookbook
    2. Heartland
  6. Cook a family dinner
    1. Southern Plate
    2. Slow Cooker Recipes
    3. 5-Ingredient Family Favorites
  7. Participate in his favorite hobby
    1. Photography
    2. Fishing
    3. The World of Legos
    4. Geocaching
  8. Watch a movie
    1. The Game Plan
    2. Due Date
    3. Taken
    4. We Bought A Zoo
    5. Finding Nemo
  9. Go camping
    1. An Essential Guide to Life Outdoors
    2. The Best of the Total Outdoorsman
    3. National Parks of the U.S.A.
    4. Holler Creek Canyon
  10. Complete a task(s) he's been meaning to do
    1. DIY & Home Repair
    2. Maintaining, Repairing, and Improving the Home
    3. Take care of any animals in the house (feeding, walks, etc.)
    4. Landscaping (mowing, gardening, etc)
    5. Wash his car
  11. Make a scrapbook/photo slideshow
    1. Digital Designs
    2. Fresh Ideas
    3. A Practical Guide
    4. Clean and Simple
  12. Have a family barbecue
    1. Grilling, Tailgating, Picnicking, and more
    2. Grillin' with Gas
    3. The Japanese Grill
  13. Play/watch sports he likes
    1. College Sports
    2. Professional Sports
    3. Baseball
    4. Basketball
    5. Soccer
  14. Bake his favorite treat
    1. Gluten-Free
    2. For Those with Allergies
    3. Pies & Tarts
    4. Cupcakes
    5. World Traveling Baker
    6. First Time Baker
  15. Read his favorite books
    1. Beartown
    2. Atomic Habits
    3. Bad Blood
    4. Thief
    5. Dark Matter
    6. The Martian


Father Figure noun

1. a person often of particular power or influence who serves as an emotional substitute for a father -- Merriam Webster Dictionary

2. a man embodying or seeming to embody the qualities of an idealized conception of the male parent, eliciting from others the emotional responses that a child typically has toward its father.

Different familial experiences are bound to happen in our society. Whether someone lacks a parental figure in their life, wants a different outlook from a parental figure, or simply needs the help of another parental figure can often be the case for some people. After all, it takes a village to raise a child. So why not add in your father figure to the celebration of Father's Day?

There is an importance of having a father figure in one's life. Whether this person is biologically your father or a father figure, studies have shown it shows in children's psychology that having a father in any form is better than having none at all. Check out a couple of articles provided below: 

  • From giving flowers to getting the ghosts out, check out how Father's Day is celebrated around the world HERE.
  • Read through some traditions carried out in families in Ohio HERE
  • Have some unique Father's Day traditions like those in California, read those HERE
  • Try out new ways to celebrate Father's Day with some technology HERE