After a Century of Celebrating Dads, Ten Tips for Being Better Fathers
Father's Day, according to Wikipedia and other sources, was first believed to have been observed on June 19, 1910, through the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. Inspired by a sermon about the newly recognized Mother's Day, Dodd wanted to do something for her father, a Civil War Veteran who was left to raise his six children alone when his wife died. It wasn’t until 1972 that Father’s Day was officially recognized in the United States.
I was the Key note speaker last week at the Baltimore VA Medical Center for a program planned and implemented by members of the VA Maryland Health Care System’s Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) program’s Father’s Group. The ACT program is aimed at calling attention to the importance of family in the process of recovery from substance abuse. Some of the ideas I presented emerged from my meetings with men in the program.
The 100th Anniversary seems an apt time to return to the meaning of Father’s Day.