by Sofia Eugeniou
A young American woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd is thought to have created Father’s Day back in 1910 as a way of honouring her father, a Civil War veteran, who had raised six children on his own after his wife died during childbirth.
Now a UK custom, Father’s Day is celebrated in the UK on the third Sunday of June – in 2020, Father’s Day is taking place on 21 June.
On Father’s Day, children get to honour the role their fathers have played in their lives thus far. For some, this day of celebration is a time for reflection or even pain, especially if a father has been largely absent from one’s life as a child.
Being absent in a child’s life as a parent, whether that be physically or emotionally, is not particularly surprising – it is a condition that society has grown accustomed to, particularly for fathers.
Even without the endless volumes of research, we know that an absent father is damaging to a child. A child with a physically or emotionally absent dad is likely to experience a higher risk of negative outcomes in life, including poverty, behavioural problems, and lower educational success. Emotionally, the impact can be long-lasting and may interfere with healthy relationships progressing into adulthood.
Unfortunately, we cannot change the past, but we can certainly influence our future and the way we do things, especially when it comes to parenthood and even more so, fatherhood.
Simply put, it is important that a man makes sure he spends times with his children. Speaking with me about his ideas toward fatherhood, co-founder of KickOff@3 Michael Wallace said he feels it is important that fathers support their children with outside school activities, plays, sports events and a range of family fun.