Father's Day stories
A brief history
People celebrated a kind of Father’s Day in Babylonia as long as 4,000 years ago, and there is archeological evidence of a son called Elmesu, who carved a Father’s Day message on a clay tablet wishing his father a long and healthy life.
But in modern times, fathers get short shrift compared to mothers in the celebration derby. In fact, the idea for Father’s Day took shape when Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, of Spokane, Wash., attended a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Recognizing the hardships her father, a Civil War veteran, endured while raising six children alone, Dodd thought that if there is a day to recognize mothers, then there should be one to honor fathers as well. She campaigned for the idea, and Spokane celebrated its first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. She wanted the day to be celebrated on her father’s birthday in early June, but there was not enough time for preparation, so it was held on the third Sunday of the month.
The idea quickly became popular. But while President Woodrow Wilson approved of the festival in 1916 and President Calvin Coolidge also gave his support, it was not until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. President Richard M. Nixon made the national observance permanent in 1972.
Programs to help military fathers and families:
Dad’s 101 (also called Boot Camp for New Dads) - an interactive seminar taught by dads that provides practical knowledge about their role as a dad. It also provides an opportunity for dads to address related questions/concerns with other men.
1,2,3 Magic Parenting Seminar- a 6-hour seminar that focuses on effective discipline strategies for children ages 2-12. A free book will be provided to each family. Open to all branches of service, DOD, dependents or any individual interested.
Becoming a Love and Logic Parent Workshop - a 4 session workshop that will help with answers to many parenting challenges for all ages. Begin to enjoy your children while they become more responsible. Course materials are provided free of charge. Open to all branches of service, DOD, dependents or any individual interested.
New Parent Support Program - NPSP promotes active paternal involvement in pregnancy and early childhood - a critical component in laying the foundations of positive relationships and later learning.
FOCUS – teaches families to deal with the challenges of deployment, including the pre-deployment period, the first month after the service member has gone, the period from one month into deployment to one month prior to the service member’s return, the one month before the service member comes home, and the post-deployment period.
Check with your base family readiness center for a schedule of programs.
Words of wisdom on fatherhood
“Any fool can be a Father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy!”
– Philip Whitmore Sr
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
– Jim Valvano
“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
– Clarence Budington Kelland
“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’
‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’”
– Harmon Killebrew
“Fatherhood is pretending the present
you love most is soap-on-a-rope.“
– Bill Cosby
“A father carries pictures where his money used to be.“
“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”
– Mark Twain
“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”
– Charles Wadsworth
“When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
when a son gives to his father, both cry.”
– Jewish Proverb
“Train up a child in the way which he should go and
when he is old he will not depart from it”
– Proverbs 22:6
“If a son is uneducated, his dad is to blame.”
- Chinese Proverb
“The greatest gift I ever had came from God, and I call him Dad!”
“Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.”
– Red Buttons
“The most important thing that a father can do for his children
is to love their mother.”
– Theodore M. Hesburgh
“Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.”
“Dad – Ask him when Mom says no.”
“Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.”
– Reed Markham
“Your father gives you many things in a lifetime … most of which you will not appreciate until way after he is gone.”