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Just got this video from Michele and wanted to share.
As families around the country get together to celebrate fathers today, I'm thinking about dads like Alex.
Alex is the father of two boys and two girls, ages six to 13. During the week, he works the 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift as a front-desk supervisor at a Seattle hotel. After work and on the weekends, he devotes his time to a summer organizing program that's giving more than 1,500 first-time organizers the training they need to help build this movement in their communities.
He says he hopes this organizing work will help teach his kids the power one person can have -- that if "they see something that needs to be changed, they know they can make a difference."
I wanted to share a video of Alex explaining what prompted him to join this program and devote his summer to this work.
I was really moved by what he had to say. Take a look, and share it with a dad you're thinking about today:
Today, I'm also proud of my husband, the man who drove our first daughter and me home from the hospital 13 years ago next month, determined to be the kind of father he hadn't had for himself.
Barack often says he decided that day that if he could be anything in life, he'd be a good dad, and he dedicated himself then and there to making sure our daughter had every opportunity he could provide.
When it comes down to it, that's why we're all here -- Barack, Alex, myself, and everyone who's part of this campaign. We're all working to make sure we leave our kids with a country that's fairer and more full of opportunity -- just as our parents did for us.
Thank you for being part of that work, and part of this campaign.
Wishing you a happy Father's Day,
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Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries and on other days elsewhere. It complements Mother’s Day, the celebration honoring mothers.Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood,... more
Sonora Smart Dodd spent 62 years fighting for holiday she started out of love and gratitude for her dad.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Father's Day was started a century ago because its founder Sonora Smart Dodd was upset by widespread mocking of fathers in popular culture as lazy, sleazy and drunk.
This June 20 marks the 100th anniversary of Father's Day, and while today's fathers have come a long way, some would say they could once again use an image boost thanks to the much-mocked antics of the likes of Tiger Woods and Jon Gosselin.
While it is easy to take shots at dads who mess up, it's important to focus on the important role of men, said Michael Gurian, an author who specializes in the struggles of men in the modern world.
"Making fun of guys to get them to perform and prove themselves, that's always going to exist," Gurian said. "But we have to equally celebrate them and empower them."
For Sonora Dodd, the last straw was a church sermon in 1908, when her priest rambled on about the newly created Mother's Day and the importance of mothers.
"I liked everything you said about motherhood," Sonora Dodd recalled telling the priest in a 1972 interview. "However, don't you think fathers deserve a place in the sun too?"
Without fathers, no civilization
Her father, William Smart, survived the Civil War and then moved West to seek his fortune. His wife died in the winter of 1898.
But Smart, with the help of Sonora, the eldest of six children and the only girl, held the family together. Sonora became convinced of the importance of fathers, at a time when they were not considered that relevant to the family.
While William Smart's sacrifice might have been somewhat unique in its time, these days 15 percent of single parents are men, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition, there were 158,000 stay-at-home dads in 2009 who raised the kids while their wives worked, the Census Bureau said.
And 71 percent of 6-year-olds ate breakfast and dinner with their fathers every day in 2006, the agency said. Fathers are also good about reading to their children, praising them at least three times a day and taking them on outings, various reports compiled by the Census Bureau said.
At the other extreme, Gurian said 90 percent of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. Also, 71 percent of high school dropouts and 63 percent of young people who commit suicide are from fatherless homes.
"Without fathers you would have no civilization," Gurian said.
He acknowledged that men tend to take more risks, fool around more (see Edwards, John) and suffer more crippling addictions (see Sheen, Charlie) than women. They also seem slower to mature these days, often living at home into their 20s.
"Father's Day is hopefully a time when the culture says 'this is our moment to look at who our men and boys are," he said. "If we don't protect fathering, we are going to really be messed up."
'She knew how to get things done'
Sonora Dodd certainly did her part. She pushed for the first Father's Day celebration, which was held in June 1910, in Spokane. Fathers in church were given red roses, and people whose fathers were deceased wore white roses.
Some also credit the invention of the holiday to Grace Golden Clayton of Fairmount, W.Va., who is said to have suggested to the pastor of her church in 1908 that he hold a service in honor of fathers.
But it was Dodd who campaigned nationally for the holiday.
Mother's Day was quickly accepted as a national holiday, with Congress in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May. Father's Day had a much longer road, perhaps reflecting the societal split involving mothers and fathers. It was not until 1966 that President Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers and set the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. In 1972, President Nixon signed the law that made it permanent, to the delight of necktie and golf club makers everywhere.
Sonora Dodd died in 1978 at age 96 and is buried in Spokane.
"She was a businesswoman and knew how to get things done," said Barbara Hillerman, Sonora Dodd's only grandchild.
Hillerman, 75, a college professor in Vienna, Austria, will be making her first trip to Spokane in decades for anniversary festivities. Her father was Sonora Dodd's only child, John Bruce Dodd Jr.
She did not know her grandmother well, in part because her family moved back and forth across the country as her father rose in the Forest Service.
"My relationship to her was as grandchild and grandmother," Hillerman said in a telephone interview from Vienna. "One of my failures is we didn't talk about Father's Day."
But "I sent my grandmother a Father's Day card every year," Hillerman said.
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My Dad Taught Me How to Be a Pirate
I still remember receiving the original Wing Commander from my dad. It wasn't in some fancy box; it was an unassuming stack of 3.5-inch disks and a large photocopied manual (since DRM, back then, was a pop quiz on some star ship spec you could only find on page 98). Not only did he then teach me how to install and copy files in DOS on my own, and not only did I get the reward of an incredible game for learning something—I'm assuming all of the materials (disks, paper and ink) were ganked from his old office, which is like a double life lesson if you think about it. - Mark Wilson
My Dad Taught Me Things Don't Really Matter
I broke my dad's cd player, it was one of the first. I jammed the tray in, and then his Bon Jovi CD got stuck inside. Then I tried to take it apart to reset the rack/pinion track. It went downhill from there. I don't recall him being angry, either. Pretty neat dad. - Brian Lam
My Dad Taught Me That It's OK To Break Things
Like Brian, I ruined quite a few gadgets when I was younger—nothing major though, I swear!
My dad was to blame for enabling and encouraging this gadget-destroying behavior since the day he showed me how to use a screwdriver. Because as soon as I knew where to find the right tools and how to use them, I started taking everything within sight apart. From my simple Mickey Mouse alarm clock—a red one that had two bells on top and Mickey's hands showing the time—to my Game Boy to various minor household electronics. Nothing was safe.
I destroyed a lot of gadgets over the years, but in the process I learned to understand and love them. For that I'm grateful. I just hope that my dad teaches me how to put things back together one of these days, because I really miss waking up to Mickey. - Rosa Golijan
My Dad's Role Reversal
My brother and I really wanted Mortal Kombat II. We were really good at it in the arcade, and used to murder guys who were my age now. The day it came out on the Super Nintendo, my dad was supposed to pick us up from school. I was 6 or 7. We were hoping we could convince him to take us to Walmart to buy it. When we asked, he said he didn't have any money to buy it. Which is when he pulled out a bag and said, "Because I already spent the money on it." That's probably my favorite dad tech memory; usually he asks me what he should buy now. - Matt Buchanan
Fell free to add you own Dad/tech stories below . . .
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Sunday is Father's Day and I asked: How did your father influence your life and if you are a Dad - What is your best gift?
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Location: Hanging out in New York City speaking to people on the street and Race Pilots.
Video by: Chris Morrow
Happy Father's Day!
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In an unusual devotion of time for the president, Barack Obama is blocking out nearly an entire afternoon to promote the importance of being a good dad as a national priority.
The emphasis on responsible fatherhood is personal for Obama. When he was a presidential candidate he rebuked absentee dads _ particularly those in his own black community _ for acting like boys and putting their kids at risk. Now one of the world's most famous fathers has a presidential megaphone.
Obama on Friday planned to visit a nonprofit center that helps train young adults for professional careers; host a town hall on personal responsibility, where successful everyday dads will share their stories; and invite male students from local schools to the White House to have fun hanging with some famous faces.
The day's events were intended to kick off a White House effort on fatherhood and mentoring. The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will host forums around the country this summer and fall to gather ideas on good programs and to help promote them.
"We think if we can lift some of that up, we can inspire more activity and engagement on these issues," Joshua DuBois, the director of the office, told The Associated Press. "Is everything going to change because of one day at the White House and a sustained commitment throughout the year? No. But the president thinks it's important to lead by example, and to do something about these matters."
It is common for presidents to celebrate strong fatherhood, particularly heading into Father's Day weekend.
But Obama is purposely giving the matter prominent attention, knowing that alone might draw the kind of media coverage the topic otherwise would not get at a time of war, economic crisis and other important news.
While the president is visiting Year Up, a highly regarded program that helps young adults, athletes and other figures will be visiting different nonprofits to broaden the outreach. Obama also recorded a video to be shown during Saturday's Rally for Responsible Fatherhood on the National Mall.
Obama spent much of his own life without a father around. His dad left home in Hawaii when Obama was 2 years old and the future president saw his father only one other time after that. The president and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Sasha, 8, and Malia, 10.
"This is an issue that he takes very seriously both because he grew up without a father in his own life, but also because he's seen the impact that present fathers can have, and absent fathers can have, in our communities," DuBois said.In an unusual devotion of time for the president, Barack Obama is blocking out nearly... more
It's all about retail sales and zero about me and I'm having none of it
By Garrison Keillor
Don't bother calling to wish me a happy Father's Day because I won't be here, kids, I've got the day off. I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by. But I'm in Minnesota. So I'll just climb in my black Lamborghini and head for the territories and west of Minneapolis pick up a county road that runs straight on flat prairie for a couple hundred miles. I'll raise my radar antenna and let that 270 hp V-12 engine run free and reach the Dakota border in the time it takes to drink a cold one and listen to Waylon and Willie -- and don't call me on my cell because I don't have it with me, just Mr. Samuel Colt, a deck of cards, a roll of Benjamins and a dog named Lucky.
It's like Robert Louis Stevenson said: "To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor." That's a man talking.
Father's Day is all about retail sales and zero about me and I am having none of it. I've got enough cheap cologne to open a funeral parlor and I don't need neckties -- I just carry one for a tourniquet in case of snakebite -- and I don't want a card that says "It's Father's Day and I'm here to say: when it comes to the Long Haul, I'm awfully glad that you're my Dad cause you're the BEST of all!!!" because you and I know it ain't me, babe, so why say it?It's all about retail sales and zero about me and I'm having none of it... more
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The dads who make up this hunter-gatherer tribe from southwestern Central African Republic and northern Congo are officially the best fathers in the world. It's quite the honour — one bestowed by Fathers Direct, a UK information centre on fatherhood.
This is no construction paper, glitter and glue award you made in second grade. It's also not something determined by the "Greatest Dad Olympics" that measures strength or speed or barbecuing ability.
Individual dads in the Aka tribe have these qualities, but Fathers Direct found something more important — an emphasis on nurture and love.
Aka fathers either hold or are within arm's reach of their infants 47 per cent of the time — the highest rate in the world. The men take their children with them to social events. They settle the baby when it wakes up at night. Snuggling is both a sign of affection and an activity shared by dad and baby for hours at a time.
Sadly, the Aka are the worldwide exception.
In the same report, Fathers Direct found only 20 per cent of the 156 cultures studied encourage a father's close relationship with their infant and only 5 per cent with their young children. Interesting considering a British study found high levels of paternal involvement leads to higher marks and lower likelihood of a criminal record.
In far too many cultures though, masculinity is measured by ability to bring home the bacon rather than affection. It's believed real men should always be in control. Showing feeling is a sign of weakness.
For the Aka though, physical closeness is not only essential for baby, it's something that both parents take great joy in. Children are a blessing, not a burden and the affection both soothes the baby and brings energy to the parent.
When you think about it, is that so unmanly? To us, at least, it seems the Aka are not only some of the best dads, they're experiencing the best part of being a dad — spending time with your child.
In the Western world where our jobs often revolve around a nine-to-five schedule, matching the amount of time the Aka dad spends with his child isn't easy without jeopardizing your career.
In Central Africa, the Aka men and women share in the hunting and gathering. While men still dominate the traditional hierarchy of the tribe, their familial responsibilities are shared equally almost immediately after childbirth.The dads who make up this hunter-gatherer tribe from southwestern Central African... more
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