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Celebrate Fathers Day May 14, 2009 12:08 PM

Created in1908 in the United States, Father's Day was originally invented to celebrate fathers after a deadly mine explosion in West Virginia, says Wikipedia.org. It was modeled after Mother's Day, which was made a national holiday in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson. Father's Day finally became a national holiday in 1966 when it was also defined as the third Sunday in June.

The original intent was not as a commercial holiday where you have to spend almost $100 on dad (National Retail Federation survey 2008). Here are a few ways to celebrate "father" on father's day rather than just by giving more stuff.

Talk to him
Carve out time to talk to dad about his childhood. He has relived much of it recently through spending time with kids, and may have some stories to tell. Ask him to bring out old photos, slides and movies and spend some real focused time listening to him.

Plan ahead
Plan ahead to do something dad really wants to do. On Father's Day, everyone goes to brunch or makes a big breakfast, but what he really wants might be to take a hike with the family or go out for a golf outing with his kids.

Record the event
Help him make a movie or a podcast of the day. Many dads are more sentimental than you think. Also, having pictures and movies around of good times are proven ways to stay happy. Here is a link to some "dad songs."

Let him rest
Give him some couch time this Father's Day. Many dads just want a nice nap on a Sunday afternoon in June when the sun sets late and there seems to be time to "waste."

Plan a barbecue
Barbecue! Give him a break from the low-cholesterol diet and cook him up a good steak and summer side dishes, like when he was a boy.


Have a great Father's Day and don't worry about spending all that cash. He'll appreciate the thought more than the tie.

-- Paul Banas, Founder of GreatDad.com

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 May 04, 2009 8:23 PM

Why God Made Friends God made the world with a heartful of love,
Then He looked down from Heaven above,
And saw that we all need a helping hand,
Someone to share with, who’ll understand.

He made special people to see us through
The glad times and the sad times, too;
A person on whom we can always depend,
Someone we can call a friend.

God made friends so we’ll carry a part
Of His perfect love in all our hearts
Jill Wolf
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 February 03, 2009 6:53 PM

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 January 24, 2009 9:58 PM

Making the Most of Milestones + Celebrate Good Times … C'mon!


Celebrations communicate a powerful message of love to a child.
By Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott



Every little life on this planet can be marked by milestones. The most celebrated, of course, are birthdays. Those are relatively easy. But many other milestones are worthy of celebrations.

We have, of course, educational milestones, such as starting or completing a particular grade and ultimately graduating from high school or college. We also have spiritual milestones, such as a child's dedication, first Communion or baptism. We have developmental milestones, such as sleeping in a "big boy" bed, learning to swim, getting a driver's license or going on a first date. We have emotional milestones, such as moving past a bad habit (biting one's nails) or responding more maturely to siblings. The point is: Every child's life is ripe with countless opportunities to celebrate!

Why should this matter? Because celebrations not only commemorate a milestone worth remembering, they also communicate a powerful message of love to a child.

Mike and his mother were in the doctor's office for his school physical. The receptionist, completing his medical history, asked, "What is your birth date?"

"February 25," Mike answered.

"What year?" the receptionist asked.

"Every year," was Mike's matter-of-fact reply.

Good answer! In a child's mind, it's the celebrations, not historical data, that matter.

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