Father’s Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It has long been established that fathers are critical anchors in the society. Studies have shown that a father’s love is just as important to a child’s development as a mother’s, and sometimes more so: “…in some cases, the withdrawal of a father’s love seems to play a bigger role in kids’ problems with personality and psychological adjustment, delinquency, and substance abuse.”
It really is not about who is more important between a mother and a father, but in recognising that the role that fathers play in child development and education is both crucial and unique.
Studies have shown that children with involved fathers:
- are often better adjusted to socialising,
- tend to do better academically,
- tend to do better economically,
- have better emotional stability,
- have more meaningful relationships,
- tend to have less behavioural problems,
- have a better sense of self respect.
The celebration of Father’s Day was started in the USA in 1910, and has grown worldwide since then. It was Father’s Day just two days ago, and another opportunity to celebrate fatherhood and our fathers. We hope that the fathers among us got some special attention and appreciation on that day.
We celebrate fathers today and always, because we know that your presence in the life of your children makes difference. We celebrate you because you matter. The time you spend with your children, playing with them, providing care, training them, and helping out with their school work is time well spent. It is an investment that will yield great rewards year after year, and even when you are gone. Many children remember with fondness the precious discussions and exchanges that they had with their fathers.
We hope that you indeed had a happy father’s day! We celebrate you always.