Today is Father’s Day. This is a national day to celebrate the role of fathers in our nation. It is surprising this came about after Mother’s Day. Most people probably think of their mothers when it comes to someone who raised them. Father’s, though essential to the process, seem to have a backseat to parenting.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. (Wikipedia)
We fathers never had a manual for parenting. There are many books written about it, but each child is so unique that it would be hard to raise a child by the book. Besides, don’t we get to think that no one is going to tell me how to raise my children? Today there are so many technological gadgets to help babysit kids. When I grew up, oh here we go with the tales of the old days, just listen kids. I didn’t have TV until I was in High School. When my children grew up I often used TV as a babysitting tool. Was that right? I don’t know. I enjoyed watching with them.
Many families struggle today. Well haven’t they always struggled? Not like today. There is not the commitment today. There are a lot more single parent families. There are financial stresses on families, such as credit cards which my parents didn’t have. It was difficult to buy on credit. If you didn’t have cash, you didn’t buy it. Of course, they didn’t have the gadgets back then. You know those time-saving conveniences. We had a dishwasher—my sister and me. You didn’t find the counter lined with electrical appliances. Today we have so many they fill the storage spaces as well.
Fathers today can involve themselves with so many activities with their kids. We live in an entertainment society and we have to entertain kids. They have TV, movies, computers, little league, Boy Scouts, and the list is endless. Father’s have to walk a fine line of just trying to entertain and helping their kids be creative in finding things to do.
If you wrote a father’s manual today, it would be much different from when I grew up, except for one thing—character.