I am so thankful to have a wonderful Dad in my life and the “privilege” to be raised in a supportive co-parented family. I am also very proud of my husband over this past 10 months being an amazing and caring Dad- Happy First Father’s Day! I believe everyone should celebrate the importance of Dad this Father’s Day. So, read up on these fun facts and interesting statistics- along with some good quotes.
Father’s Day Fun Facts
Origin– The first Father’s Day celebration in the U.S. was observed in West Virginia on July 5, 1908. But a national Father’s Day was first established June 19, 1910 by a daughter wanting to honor her widowed Father. The third Sunday in June was officially designated as Father’s Day in 1966. There are 60 Countries around the world (including the U.S.) that celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June.
• 70.1 Million- estimated number of fathers in the USA as of 2010.
• 26.4 Million of those fathers are married with children under 18.
• 154,000 number of Stay-At-Home Dads in the USA as of 2010.
• $29.8 Billion amount of Child Support that Father’s owe (not necessarily paid) to Mothers in the USA in 2010.
• In contrast- $4.3 Billion is the amount of Child Support that Mothers owe to custodial Fathers in 2010.
• Father’s Day is the busiest day for collect calls, although there are more total phone calls on Mother’s Day- apparently, kids are more cheap with their Dad.
• Necktie- most popular Father’s Day gift and you can thank the First Chinese Emperor Shih Huang Ti around 210 B.C. for being the first man in recorded history to wear a necktie (the same emperor known for his army of Terracotta soldiers).
Importance of Dad Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services fatherless boys and girls are: twice as likely to drop out of high school, twice as likely to end up in jail, and four times more likely to need help for emotional or behavioral problems.
Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy, and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors including drug use, truancy, and criminal activity.
– quoted from Fatherhood.gov
• 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
• 71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father figure.
“On this Father’s Day, we want to thank all fathers, especially those celebrating their first Father’s Day, who work so hard to provide love and support for their children. I know from experience the difficult challenges fatherhood brings. But I also know the great joy and pride that comes from being a dad.”
–Dr. Carmona U.S. Surgeon General
Father involvement in schools is associated with the higher likelihood of a student getting mostly A’s according to the National Center for Educational Statistics.
“Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.”
–Ruth E. Renkel
My Husband with Our Newborn Baby
“I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.”
P.S. Happy Birthday To Me! Since Monday (June 20) is my birthday I am taking a day off- as much as I can while taking care of a baby- and there will be no new post…