Happy Father’s Day!

“Anyone can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy.”  – Anonymous

love dadHappy Fathers Day to all fathers and especially to my dad, my husband and my brothers.  This is a great occasion to express gratitude towards your dad for all his love and support.

While Mother’s Day was officially recognized in 1914, attempts to establish an official Father’s Day were met with resistance over concerns it was just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day.  In 1938 the Father’s Day Council was founded by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion.  But it wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.  Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

I am deeply grateful to have a loving relationship with my father and that my husband is an active and loving father to our children.  It takes work, commitment and love to be a dad and if your relationships aren’t as strong as you’d like them to be, there is never a better time than right now to take positive steps.  Here are some thoughts on How to Be a Good Father.

For a great Father’s Day read, I highly recommend “The Five Love Languages of Children” by Gary Chapman PhD.  In an earlier book “The Five Love Languages,” Gary contends there are five major methods of love-giving (“love languages”), and each person responds differently to each type. Each person also “speaks” a primary love language, and responds strongly to one of the types of love-giving. Chapman identifies these love languages as: physical touch, gifts, quality time, acts of service, and words of affirmation. In order to best make someone feel loved, you must “speak” their primary love language to them.  For older children, there is a version for teenagers, “The Five Love Languages of Teenagers:  The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively“.

Have a wonderful day!