“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature”- Antoine François Prévost
The 3rd Sunday of June is celebrated as Father’s Day each year and thus, today is the day that has lately started to gain recognition and importance in India as well. So how did we start celebrating Father’s Day in the first place?
The history of Father’s Day dates back to 1908. A number of people in America wanted a day to honour the fathers, like they had Mother’s Day celebrations, the history of which dates back to 1860s. However, this campaign to celebrate Father’s Day was not met with much enthusiasm since people complained ,”fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have”. Oh really?
Anyway, in 1908, a woman named Sonora Dodd, one of the six children raised by a single father, tried again, to have such an honorary day. She went to local churches, government officials and everywhere she could, to speak for her idea. As a result, Washington State celebrated Father’s Day for the first time on June 19, 1910.
The role of a father in the upbringing of children has always been unrecognized, generally. However various scientific studies now prove that a father’s presence has immense impact on childrens’ growth. A Swedish Study by the University of Maryland, proved that a father’s skin to skin contact with a new born offers calming and comforting benefits like a mother and is soothing for a baby, increasing his/her feeding power as well.
Another study by Harvard University showed that 68% of fathers claim that they’ve been spending more time with their kids since the last few years and 51% of the fathers also said that they’ve been understanding their childrens’ likes, dislikes and their views in general, much better than before.
LBJ Family School, Texas conducted a research, according to which, when a child gets the father’s support in his/her studies, he/she’s probability of getting an A grade increases by upto 38%. A survey conducted by Early Childhood Association showed that a father generally encourages the child to take risks and commit mistakes to ultimately learn from them, rather than treading on the safe path, unlike a mother!! Seems right to me 😊!
Studies conducted during Lock-down phase have also pointed out that fathers working from home have developed a strong bonding with their children and children have benefitted emotionally and mentally due to their increased presence at home.
We come across this phrase ” Like father, like son” a lot of times. A couple of dynamic and famous father-son duos in sports fraternity include the following:
• Bobby and Brent Hull
Bobby Hull is one the greatest ice hockey players in the history of the sport. He was elected to the NHL All-Star First team 10 times. Brett Hull, his sin followed his father’s footsteps and also turned out to be an all time great ice hockey champion.
• Man o’ War and War Admiral
This one is literally about horses, horses have families too. Man o’ War is considered to be the greatest thoroughbred racing horse ever. He had a racing career of 20-1 . War Admiral, the son, also turned out to be a champion when he won 21 races in his lifetime!!
Moving on, we all know the bond between a father and his daughter is pretty special, isn’t it? That’s exactly why we hear the phrase “daddy’s little girl” everywhere. Priyanka Chopra even got this inked on her wrist. Anyway, some dynamic father-daughter duo include:
• Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi
Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi need no introduction. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India and Indira Gandhi went on to become the fifth and eighth Prime Minister of the country.
• Prakash Padukone and Deepika Padukone
Prakash Padukone is a former World No.1 Badminton player and his daughter is now a world renowned actress and model. This shows the support she got while choosing her career as an actress!
• Pt.Ravi Shankar and Anushka Shankar
This Indian father-daughter duo are a brilliant and well know Sitar player and composer.
I read this really nice quote that said “Dad, you’ve always been the coolest-like all those times you said ‘yes’ when mom said ‘no’ “.
पितॄन्नमस्ये निवसन्ति साक्षाद्ये देवलोकेऽथ महीतले वा ॥
This Sanskrit shloka means “My father is my heaven, my father is my dharma, he is the ultimate penance of my life. If he is happy, all deities are pleased.”
I think i keep troubling my dad a lot and might have to make up for it by gifting him a chocolate cake and a book later today;)
see y’all soon,
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