Special Report

A Tribute to Fathers

Father’s Day in the United States is often attributed to the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington, who proposed the day in 1909 to honor her father for raising six children alone after the death of his wife. While her efforts must certainly have made an impact, others across the United States were simultaneously working to promote such a day as well. Still, it took the subsequent recommendations of three U.S. presidents—Coolidge, Johnson and Nixon—before fathers were officially recognized by a national observance in 1972. Nearly 40 years later, fathers continue to gain recognition as research makes it clear just how vital a role they play in a child’s life. 

Are Fathers Necessary?

Are Fathers Necessary?

Jerry de Gier

Are fathers necessary? Based on the statistics, loving, engaged and committed fathers are perhaps more important than ever before.

Like Father, Like . . . Daughter?

Gina Stepp

Society admits that a father is important to a boy’s well-being, but how important are fathers to the well-being of their daughters?

What’s a Mother to Do?

Gina Stepp

Of all the difficulties single mothers face, their most distressing one may involve coming to grips with the current understanding about fathers.