During homeschooling, my wife worked on some stuff with the kids in relation to Father’s Day. I received some nice cards in addition to the research the kids did on the history of Father’s Day. See below. Also, my wife did a Q & A session with the kids each alone so they wouldn’t influence each other. Their answers are pretty funny.

The Story of Father’s Day

Father’s Day, contrary to popular misconception, was not established as a holiday in order to help greeting card manufacturers sell more cards. In fact when a “father’s day” was first proposed there were no Father’s Day cards.

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. At about the same time in various towns and cities across America other people were beginning to celebrate a “father’s day”. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s Day. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.

Father’s Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers and adult male friends are all honored on Father’s Day.

Q & A

Daddy weighs:
Oldest – 150 lbs
Middle – 100 lbs
Youngest – 90 lbs

How tall is Dad:
Oldest – 6 ft 10 inches
Middle – 10 feet
Youngest – taller than the barbeque

My Dad is how old:
Oldest – 21
Middle – 23
Youngest – 50

My Dad does this for a living:
Oldest – works for Amgen
Middle – he just gets up in the morning and goes to work but not on the weekend
Youngest – working

Daddy’s favorite drink is:
Oldest – Dr Pepper in California and sweet tea in Kentucky
Middle – lemonade mixed with iced tea or Dr Pepper
Youngest – wine

Daddy’s favorite food is:
Oldest – strawberry shortcake because he makes it into a mountain
Middle – meat
Youngest – sandwiches because that’s all he eats

Daddy’s favorite color is:
Oldest – red
Middle – red
Youngest – red

My favorite thing to do with Dad is:
Oldest – play with him
Middle – play games and have him to myself
Youngest – work with him

I think Dad’s favorite day of the week is:
Oldest – Sunday because we go to church and then we play music all day and he works in the garage
Middle – the weekend because he doesn’t go to work
Youngest – Sunday because we go to church

Daddy is mad when:
Oldest – we don’t listen
Middle – because we fight
Youngest – kids are fighting

Daddy is happy when:
Oldest – when my brother dances
Middle – when we are nice to each other
Youngest – when we are not fighting

My Dad is the greatest dad because:
Oldest – he plays with me and he’s funny
Middle – just because he is
Youngest – because he does all sorts of fun stuff and he works for us

…..Dan at aslowerpace dot net

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