Make Something Special for Dad for Father's Day

Thursday, June 17, 2010

First, a little history (I am a homeschool mom after all!): Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington, first proposed the idea of a "father's day" in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington.

Father's Day is just around the corner. Do you have a special day planned for Dad?

I've gathered some fun ideas for getting the kids involved in making Dad's day a big hit! You'll find crafts, cards, recipes and more at these sites:
A Kids' Heart
Kaboose - love the trophy :)
Family Fun
Holidays.net
The Holiday Spot
Activity Village - love the oragami :)

And here's a link to Presidential Father's Day Proclamations from 2009, back through the year 2000.

What Makes a Dad?

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagles in flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
And there was nothing more to add,
He knew his masterpiece was complete,
And He called it – Dad.
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blueviolet said...

I remember the fun of doing things like this! Sometimes I really do miss have little ones around.

Do you think my 19 year old will go for these ideas? Nah.

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