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Time for Dad on Fathers Day

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So it's Father's Day soon and perhaps a groan amongst us mothers - another card or present to buy and hey, doesn't he get more lie-in's anyway? And the grass needs cutting...

Dad's come in all shapes and sizes (just like us mums). Some are hands on, others a great help when they can be and unfortunately some dads, definitely hands off! But dads are parents nontheless. So whilst you're busy being mum this week, get the kids involved and make Sunday 21 June a day for dad to smile - even if he doesn't get to relax.

As well as the obvious silly card, how about getting the children to make one for dad? A few stick men on a card and a glitter stick can go a long way to making dad feel important. Or there's always the tried and tested chocolate crispie cakes or shop-bought gift cakes to indulge his palette on Sunday...

In the absence of a floral boquet, the shops and internet are full of present suggestions, but careful - don't overdo it - make sure your gift to him is the equivalent of his to you on Mother's Day.

If you're really thinking of treating him, then I'm sure a trip or a tap to the nearest Ann Summers would go down well. So after you've given him that lie in with the Sunday papers, the cooked breakfast, some lads tv and oh, mowed the lawn, if you're not too tired, some sexy bedroom attire should make him feel super special and leave you in peace till next year!

Origins of Father's Day

Although the day is celebrated with enthusiasm today, things were not always so. Father's Day celebration had a modest beginning. The history of Father's Day dates back to 1909, in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Smart Dodd was listening to a Mother's Day sermon, at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church. The lecture inspired her to have a special day dedicated to her father, William Jackson Smart, who had brought her up and her siblings, single-handedly, after their mother died.

To pay a tribute to her great dad, Sonora held the first Father's Day celebration on 19th of June 1910, on the birthday of her father. She was the first to solicit the idea of having an official Father's Day observance.

In 1913, a bill in accordance with making the day official was introduced. The idea was approved by US President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Later, in 1924, the idea gained further momentum as it was supported by President Calvin Coolidge. In 1926, a National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City. However, it was thirty years later that a Joint Resolution of Congress gave recognition to Father's Day. Another 16 years passed before President Richard Nixon established the third Sunday of June, as a permanent national observance day of Father's Day in 1972.

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