SAN DIEGO, June 16, 2015 — The first presidential proclamation honoring American fathers was issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966.
President Richard M. Nixon later signed Father’s Day into law, establishing it as a national holiday in 1972.
Father’s Day is now an American tradition celebrated the third Sunday in June each year.
It is a time to pay tribute to the importance of dads in family life and their critical role in helping shape the growth and development of each of their children.
Fathers and father-figures, such as grandfathers, fathers-in-law, step-dads and more are likely to receive greeting cards, gifts, meals and celebrations from their grateful children as expressions of love and gratitude for the key role these men have played in their lives.
Behavioral scientists and researchers have long held the belief that the role of a mother was the most influential in a child’s life.
Current scientific research shows that a dad’s parenting is equally influential, possibly even exceeding the influence of a mother.
“We’re now finding that not only are fathers influential, sometimes they have more influence on kids…Knowing that kids feel loved by their father is a better prediction of…well-being, of happiness, of life satisfaction,” according to Ronald Rohner, director of the Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection at the University of Connecticut, published in the Science of Fatherhood.
Rohner further states that overall psychological adjustment is more closely linked to a dad’s rejection than to that of a mom, and it can lead to depression, delinquency and problems with substance abuse.
According to an article in “The Importance of Fathers,” published in Psychology Today, it is believed that “children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, be more confident to explore their surroundings…and have better social connections.”
Unfortunately, not all American children have dads who are actively involved in their lives.
The National Center for Fathering speculates that over 20 million children are raised in homes without an actively engaged father.
Approximately 57.6 percent of black children, 31.2 percent of Hispanic children and 20.7 percent of white children are living without their biological fathers, according to a U.S. Census Bureau Population Report, published in the National Center for Fathering.
Most members of the post-war baby boomer generation grew up in a nuclear family, but approximately less than 70 percent of children are now unlikely to be as fortunate.
With minorities having the highest rate of fatherlessness, and similar trends growing in white populations, there are inherent and far-reaching, negative repercussions implied in the future of the growth and development of each individual from childhood into adulthood.
It is believed that a “dad’s parenting style is more closely linked to whether teens will exhibit persistence…A persistent personality, in turn, was related to less delinquency and more engagement in school over time,” in the Journal of early Adolescence, Brigham Young University.
Persistence is a characteristic necessary for successfully overcoming obstacles in life and for developing and sustaining the productive, satisfying adult existence that is necessary for becoming a contributing member of American society.
Being a good father or parent is sometimes a very challenging task.
Useful suggestions provided in How to be a Good Father, published on Wikihow.com, could prove to be helpful:
- Be present.
- Be there for milestones.
- Teach important lessons.
- Develop strong communication.
- Plan activities and trips together.
- Make time for yourself to recharge.
- Be a fair and consistent disciplinarian.
- Reward positive behavior.
- Lead by example.
The National Center for Fathering provides education, support and other resources which offers assistance to any dad working to be the best parent he can be:
The National Center for Fathering
This coming Father’s Day is a perfect time to express gratitude for those countless, selfless dads who are positively influencing their children today in preparation for their futures tomorrow, and those who have done so in the past.
You may have thought I didn’t see,
Or that I hadn’t heard,
Life lessons that you taught to me,
But I got every word.
Perhaps you thought I missed it all,
And that we’d grow apart,
But Dad, I picked up everything,
It’s written on my heart.
Thank you Dad!
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.
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