Fathers Day
17th June 2011
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Fathers play a unique and crucial role in nurturing and guiding children's development and in over 50 countries around the world there is a Father’s day celebration .In many parts of the world Father’s Day as in the UK is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. In many cases this includes Step Dads and other father figures


The tradition is believed to have started as long ago as 4,000 years by a young boy named Elmusu wished his Babylonian father good health and a long life by carving a Father's Day message on a card made out of clay. No one knows what happened to Elmesu or his father, but the tradition of having a special day honouring fathers has continued through the years in countries across the world.

 The idea for creating a day for childrento honour their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, Henry Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. President Nixon, in 1972, established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father's Day was born as a token of love and gratitude that a daughter cherishes for her beloved father. Roses are the Father's Day flowers: red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died.

There are many ideas for presents along with the traditional card.You could treat him to Theatre tickets at http://www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/ ,balloon rides at Wickers World http://www.wickersworld.co.uk/  or an excellent meal out at Vivere http://www.vivere-italian-restaurant.com/

For me the main thing is to spend time together and enjoy each other’s Company and if like me you no longer have your Dad take some quiet time to remember them

One in four dads who work outside the home spends less than an hour a day with their kids and 38% of working dads say they would take a pay cut to spend more time with their kids

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