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Father's Day

Father's Day

In the United States, the driving force behind the establishment of the celebration of Father's Day was Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Creston, Washington. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, as a single parent raised his six children in Spokane, Washington. She was inspired by Anna Jarvis's efforts to establish Mother's Day. Although she initially suggested June 5, the anniversary of her father's death, she did not provide the organizers with enough time to make arrangements, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane.

Unofficial support from such figures as William Jennings Bryan was immediate and widespread. President Woodrow Wilson was personally feted by his family in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge recommended it as a national holiday in 1924. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made Father's Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The holiday was not officially recognized until 1972, during the presidency of Richard Nixon.

In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by selling male-oriented gifts such as electronics and tools. Schools and other children's programs commonly have activities to make Father's Day gifts.

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The Perfect Father's Day Gift

Father's Day: Perfect Gift for Fathers and Daughters
Quality Time with Dear Old Dad

What is "quality" time? It's time spent together talking, sharing, and learning about each other. Lots of girls say they'd like to spend more quality time with their dads, but they don't know what to do. Here are some ways to spend quality time with your dad (or, if not your dad, another important male role model in your life, such as your grandfather, uncle, or teacher.)

Go for a ride. Why not pump up those tires and go for a long bike ride with your dad? You can get great exercise and watch the world go by as you zip around corners and over hills. Check out maps of local trails and plot your course together before you go. Be sure to take lots of water and remember, to always wear your bicycle helmet.

Read a book to him. Remember when you were little and your dad used to read you a book before you went to bed? Why not switch roles and read a book to him instead? Turn off the television and read one chapter a night. Try an adventure story, a classic like Old Yeller, or maybe even a mystery that will give you both goosebumps.

Play catch. Some people think playing catch is something only fathers and sons do-what nonsense! Tossing a ball around is a great way for fathers and daughters to spend time together. Ask your dad to show you how to put a perfect spin on a football or how to lob softball right over the plate. Kick around a soccer ball or play a little one-on-one basketball at the local playground.

Visit him at work. Ever wonder what your dad does all day at work? Now that you're out of school for the summer, ask your dad if you can spend a day with him at work. Ask him to explain what he does for a living. Offer to lend a hand-just ask him how you can help out; he will sure appreciate it!

Play games. Playing games of strategy, like chess, checkers, or backgammon, is a great way to strengthen your mind while having fun. Learn these ancient games of strategy together. Maybe you can set up a tournament with other dads and daughters. Or, ask your dad to teach you some brain-building card games like hearts, spades, or bridge.

Spend time on the computer together. If you've found your way to the Girl Power! Web site, then you've obviously got computer smarts. What about your dad? Does he know his way around the Internet? If he's a beginner, show him how to find information about things that interest him on the Internet. If he's a computer whiz, ask him to teach you how to use new programs.

Cook a gourmet dinner. Now that it's summer, why not cook out on the grill together? Fire up some burgers with special toppings like avocados, blue cheese, or sweet onions. Or, soak yummy summer vegetables like peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms in light oil and vinegar, then put them on a skewer and grill. You and your dad are in for a treat!

Get under the hood. Sure, you may be too young to drive, but it's never too early to start learning about cars. Have your dad walk you through the basics of how the engine works. Then, have him teach you how to pump gas, check the oil, and change a tire. You'll be ready to help out in any emergency.

Learn about personal finances. Have your dad help you open up a savings account and teach you how to manage your allowance and babysitting earnings. Ask him to show you how to balance a checkbook and to keep track of your spending. Learning how to manage your money is empowering!

Develop a family safety plan. Sit down with your dad and plan your family's evacuation routes in case of fire or other emergency. Develop a schedule for checking the batteries in your smoke detectors and learn how to check your fire extinguisher. Make sure there's a list of emergency phone numbers near the phone and learn where flashlights and first aid kits are located.

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