Happy Father’s Day: The Value of Dads

Happy early Father’s Day from all of us here at Marriott Alumni Magazine!

Though it’s always time to give thanks to our dads and granddads, this year’s holiday marks only the forty-second official edition of Father’s Day. First proposed by Sonora Dodd, a Washington state resident, in 1909, Father’s Day didn’t become a federal holiday until Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

It may not be as popular as its May predecessor Mother’s Day, but Father’s Day still makes its mark with more than seventy million fathers across the country on whom Americans spend billions each year.

So just how important are dads in our society? According to National Father Initiative, fathers have the following impact:

  • Children with fathers are less likely to live in poverty.
  • Youth in two-parent homes have significantly lower odds of going to jail.
  • Kids who grow up without a father have higher risks of teen pregnancy, marrying with less than a high school degree, and forming a marriage where both partners have less than a high school degree.
  • Children with involved fathers are much more likely to do well in school.
  • Children in father-present homes are less likely to be obese.

You can find more facts about fathers in “The Play-off Payoff,” from the Fall 2013 issue of Marriott Alumni Magazine.

Sources: USA.gov, National Father Initiative, National Retail Federation

In case you need a reminder of just how amazing dads can be, here you go.