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Father's Day 2014

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Father's Day is a celebration of fathers started in the United States in the early twentieth century. It can be seen as a complement to Mother's Day but the holiday is not as popular as Mother's Day. Partly because it is much younger -- it became official in 1972 while the latter in 1914.

Traditionally the father was the breadwinner while the mother was a housewife and raised the children. But that traditional family model is now less common. Nowadays often both parents work and share responsibilities associated with raising children and taking care of the house. Scientific studies confirm that fathers have a role to play in child development and affect the course of their children's development, for good as well as for ill [1]. Studies have consistently showed that paternal warmth, nurturance and closeness are associated with positivie child outcomes even if fathers spend less time with their children than the mothers.

Father's Day is a great opportunity to appreciate the love and effort of our fathers. Fortunately, in recent years, it is getting more media attention, schools organize activities related to Father's Day and retailers promote buying fathers special greeting cards and male-oriented gifts such as electronics and tools.

Expenses related to the celebration of Father's Day are still much smaller than those associated with the Mother's Day. Obviously, this is due to smaller popularity of the former and lesser degree of commercialization. It should also be taken into account that that some children are brought up without a father. Perhaps it is also harder to buy good gift for Dad because often anything he wants he has already bought, or it is too expensive to buy for a Fathers Day gift.

It is worth remembering that sometimes the best possible gift would simply be recognition and thanks for all the effort put into being a good Dad who cares about his family. Men really need to feel respected and appreciated but often do not know how to ask for it. For some fathers the best gift would be to let them spend Father's Day alone and do whatever they want to, while for others the ideal would be to spend more time with their loved ones, especially children.

  • [1] Lamb, Michael E., ed. The role of the father in child development. John Wiley & Sons, 2004.