Spend some time with dad

Published 9:00am Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sunday is Father’s Day, so what better time to pass along a few facts about how the holiday came into being and some info about dads in our country?

Sonora Dodd dreamed up the idea of Father’s Day in 1909. The next year June 17, 2010 was chosen for the first celebration, because it was the month of Dodd’s father’s birth.

President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers in 1966 and designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

How many fathers in the U.S.?

In 2008, there were an estimated 70.1 million

Number of stay at home dads?

The estimated number of stay at home dads in 2013 was 214,000. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wife works outside the home. These fathers cared for about 434,000 children.

Preschoolers regularly cared for by their fathers during their mother’s working hours?

In spring 2011, the percentage was 18 percent.

How much child support is due to custodial fathers?

In 2011, custodial fathers were due $3.7 billion but only received $2 billion. By contrast, custodial mothers were due $31.7 billion and only received $19.5 billion.

Now, with all of the facts and figures out of the way, it’s time to get to the important stuff.

If your dad is still among us, go and visit with him. Enjoy a few laughs and tell a few stories – make some memories. Those are priceless.

Until next week … and bless your hearts.


Peggy Blackburn is managing editor of The Wetumpka Her­ald and Elmore County Weekend. She can be reached at 334-567-7811. Her email address is peggy.blackburn@TheWetumpkaHerald.com.

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