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Who Created Father’s Day?

Who-Created-Fathers-DayThe origins of Father’s Day stem from Spokane, Washington’s Ms. Sonora Smart Dodd, who is the daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart. Ms. Dodd is one of six children raised solely by their father.

Ms. Dodd Proclaims that Fathers Deserve a Special Day Too

In 1909, Mother’s Day was already a holiday. When Ms. Dodd learned about this relatively new holiday, she began lobbying for the creation of a special day for fathers as well. The first unofficial Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington June 19, 1910.

Nearly 60 Years Later, Father’s Day is Still Not an Official Holiday

Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Woodrow Wilson both supported the holiday; however, it did not become a nationally recognized holiday until 1966; which is the year President Lyndon B. Johnson declared June 19, 1966, as Father’s Day. Even so, it was not an official holiday just yet.

President Nixon Makes Father’s Day Official

Ms. Dodd had the pleasure of seeing her dream come to fruition when, in 1972, President Richard M. Nixon made Father’s Day an official annual holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday in June.

Make His First Father’s Day Extra-Special

Some of the best gifts a new dad can receive include special mementos that mom and baby make just for him.

A Father’s Day Card that Only You and Your Little One Can Give

There is beautifully designed scrapbook stationary available at craft stores. Prices range from less than $1 a sheet to as much as $3. Consider purchasing several nice, thick pieces of scrapbook paper, and then grab some of the non-toxic finger paints designed for kids. Try to choose a package of paint that has dad’s favorite color in it (or something close to it). The finger paints will probably cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 to $9 (for a pack of 4).

You will need markers and other decorative items to create your card. For example, if you have a little boy-visit the sticker aisle and find some stickers that are geared toward little boys (baseballs, soccer balls, bats and mitts, etc.). These are relatively inexpensive with sheets of stickers ranging from $3 to $5 making them the perfect addition to your Father’s Day card.

Once you arrive home with all your craft items, prepare to create your card. The finger paints will be used to help your baby ‘sign’ daddy’s card. If your child is newborn to six months, you may want to use his/her feet because using the hands will be very difficult. Once a baby reaches about six months old, you could attempt to do his/her hands.

Creating Your Card

  1. Choose dad’s favorite color and squeeze it into the center of a plate (preferably paper). The size of your child’s feet/hands will determine how much paint you need.
  2. You can ‘paint’ it on your child’s hand/foot using a plastic frosting spreader or just stick your baby’s foot/hand right into it. The most important thing is that you blot his/her foot with a napkin or paper towel before you place it on your card. Otherwise, it will be too thick and you will not be able to see the unique crevices on your baby’s hands/feet.
  3. Once blotted, bring the card to the baby, gently place your child’s foot/hand on the paper applying even pressure, and let that print dry before you attempt to create the other one.
  4. Do the next print, let it dry and start designing your card!

Remember, you can always do a ‘trial run’ on a regular piece of paper. If you have a clipboard, consider securing your paper in the clip before you begin to create his/her footprint or handprint. This offers a firm background, making it easier to apply even pressure and keeps your card from wrinkling while you press to create the print.

The Soon-to-Be Dad

If your little one is yet to arrive, make dad a special card designed around your baby’s ultrasound picture. If you know the baby’s gender, you can still use the stickers and such. Otherwise, just make your card heartfelt and fun – he is sure to love it.

A Day to Remember

  1. Start his day with breakfast in bed.
  2. Secretly, have a buffet of his favorite snacks and beverages ready for him to enjoy.
  3. Have a variety of his favorite movies ready to go (DVDs, Streaming Video, etc.).
  4. Take the little one and head to grandma’s house for the day.
  5. Grandma and Grandpa get to spend time with baby, while dad gets to sit back in his recliner and watch whatever he wants. Maybe grandma will take care of the little one so you can get some much-needed rest.

A Day to Remember is also a great idea for the dad-to-be.

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About the Author:

Trina McMillin is an author who specializes in writing content related to parenting, family, first-aid practices, medical technology, disease processes, diagnostics and procedures. As a mother and wife, Trina knows the importance of positive parent/child interaction, including in the development of educational fortitude to ensure a positive academic experience.

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