There Should Be More Fuss About Father’s Day?
>THERE SHOULD BE MORE FUSS ABOUT FATHER’S DAY?
By Glenn Lawrence
Why isn’t Father’s Day celebrated like Mother’s Day?
It seems the world rolls out the red carpet for mothers, but does very little in comparison for fathers.
And it’s not just me feeling like this.
Most dads believe moms get better treatment on Mother’s Day than they receive on Father’s Day, according to a new poll.
The survey by InteractiveDad.com, the free online magazine for fathers, shows a whopping 84 percent of fathers say moms are given more attention on Mother’s Day than they get on Father’s Day.
Just 17 percent of fathers believe they’re treated as well as moms on their special day.
“It does not surprise me,” says W. Bradford Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. “Our society is much more likely to focus on the role that mothers play in the lives of their children than the role that fathers play.”
And although Wilcox says today’s married fathers are more involved in parenting their children than they were generations ago, there’s been little or no improvement by unmarried dads.
Wilcox says it would be a good idea for society to acknowledge what father’s do throughout the year–not just on Father’s Day.
“I think it would be good if we could do more to celebrate fathers and to publicly identify the distinctive contributions they make to their families,” he says.
Is The Proof In The Spending?
The average person is expected to spend $90 on a Father’s Day present, about the same as last year, according to the National Retail Federation.
But going into Mother’s Day, the average person planned to spend $122, up $15 from last year.
Yes, I know, money isn’t everything. But money is a good indicator of where dads rate. And that’s not happening yet.
Fathers Want More, InteractiveDAD.comPoll Finds
An overwhelming majority of dads surveyed for the InteractiveDAD.compoll believe Father’s Day is just as important Mother’s Day.
Nearly 79 percent of fathers said Father’s Day is as important as Mother’s Day; 21 percent believed that it’s perfectly appropriate for Father’s Day to take a backseat to Mother’s Day.
We dads do a lot.
Yes, we don’t give birth.
But after labor and delivery, in many homes, dads do just as much. In some cases more.
And dads deserve their due.
|Glenn Lawrence is editor of Interactive Dad Magazine, the #1 online parenting and finance magazine for fathers. Offering articles written for today’s dad, and an Ask The Expert segment, the web site is free and updated daily. You can visit Interactive Dad at iDadOnline.com|