Father’s Day originated in 1910 by the then governor of the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972 that it became a nationwide holiday in the United States. It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make towards their children’s lives.
Dr. Kyle Pruett, professor of child psychology at Yale University and a leading author on parenting concludes that the “findings take us beyond a shadow of a doubt” that fathers play an important and irreplaceable role in healthy child development. The closer the connection between a father and child, the better off they both are now and in the future.*
Children’s Friend has always been mindful of the unique and important impact fathers have on the lives of their children that is why for over 20 years we have been an innovative leader in the area of father involvement. Currently, we have several services in place. A weekly dad’s group to share the joys and challenges of parenting also offers guest speakers and field trips. We also offer assistance with education, employment application, and on the job training. Dad’s employability creates family economic stability. Fathers are providers, defenders, problem solvers, cheerleaders, coaches, and security personnel.
Children’s Friend wishes all dads the happiest of Father’s Day.
*Kyle D. Pruett, Fatherneed: Why Father Care Is as Essential as Mother Care for Your Child (New York: The Free Press, 2000)