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Father’s Day 2024: Celebrating Fatherhood &Fostering Strong Bonds

As Father’s Day approaches this Sunday, it’s time to show appreciation for the unsung heroes in our lives – our dads. This year let’s celebrate the wisdom, support, and love that fathers provide – and of course the occasional dad joke and questionable fashion sense.

Fathers are instrumental in the upbringing and development of children, and their presence has a profound impact on the well-being of their families and communities. We all know that the importance of fathers extends beyond their direct influence on their children. Research has shown that children who have involved and supportive fathers are more likely to perform well academically, exhibit healthier social behaviors, and have higher levels of emotional intelligence. Additionally, the presence of a father figure has been linked to lower rates of delinquency, substance abuse, and involvement in criminal activities among children and adolescents. The positive effects of involved fathers ripple out into society, creating a more nurturing and supportive environment for all. Let’s pause here to note that “father figures” count just as much.

We recognize many circumstances befall families, irreconcilable differences, deaths, and absentee dads but perhaps there is someone (grandfather, uncle, stepdad) who has filled this role or maybe you are or should be filling the role of father figure. A recent Pew Research Center survey from fall 2023 showed that most dads say they feel proud when they think about their young adult children, and they draw a direct line between their parenting and their children’s successes and failures. Still, Pew found that fathers are “more likely than mothers to feel disconnected from their young adult children, and many fathers express a desire for more frequent communication.”

So, call your dad. Or take him out to dinner or, even better, stop by for a visit.

Pew found that the majority of both moms and dads with a young adult child aged 18 to 34 say they’re as involved in their child’s day-to-day life as they’d like to be. But fathers are less likely than mothers to feel this way (63% of dads vs. 70% of moms). Moms, Pew found, report “more frequent communication than dads do through specific channels, including texting, calling and in-person visits. Texting: 63% of dads and 81% of moms say they text their young child at least a few times a week. Four in ten moms text with their child daily; 19% of dads do the same.

Take advantage of this Father’s Day and reflect on how invaluable our father figures are to us – and turn that into action. In an age where life moves fast, Father’s Day provides an opportunity to slow down and express gratitude. Let’s go beyond the clichéd gifts and cards and truly convey our appreciation for the men who have made a profound impact on our lives. Whether it’s a heartfelt conversation, a shared activity, or a simple “thank you,” the sentiment behind the gesture holds immeasurable value. Get the family over and grill something — that’ll satisfy almost any “old man.”

Fathers play a crucial role in shaping the lives of their children through their love, wisdom, and unwavering support. In a world that often emphasizes the importance of mothers, Father’s Day serves as a reminder to acknowledge and celebrate the invaluable contributions of fathers. When you have a good dad, you have something. It’s a day to recognize the tireless dedication and hard work that goes into being a father and to show appreciation for the countless ways in which they enrich the lives of their families and our community. Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing fathers out there.

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