The Significance of Fathers


As you probably know, the month of June at E. EXCEL is all about families, what with our Family Days going on in Vancouver, Toronto, and New York. But with June 17thjust around the corner, we really can’t talk about families without mentioning one of the founders of every family—fathers! June 17 is Father’s Day, a day to celebrate the contributions fathers make to family life.

Father’s Day started simply in Spokane, Washington, when Sonora Dodd, while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909, wanted to also honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who raised his six children alone on a farm. Spokane’s mayor proclaimed June 17, 1910, the first Father's Day celebration. June was chosen because it was the month Mr. Smart was born. President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day in 1966, and in 1972 President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent. It’s been celebrated ever since!

Much research has been done on the significance of fathers in the lives of their children. For example:

  • Research indicates that children from homes with fathers present function better in society, emotionally, and academically. These results indicate that children involves with their fathers experience fewer behavioral problems and score higher on reading achievement, even in the case of non-resident fathers. 
    Source: Howard, K. S., Burke Lefever, J. E., Borkowski, J.G., & Whitman , T. L. (2006). Fathers’ influence in the lives of children with adolescent mothers. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 468- 476.
  • Other studies indicate that fathers involved with their children’s education is associated with the children likely achieving mostly A's,  and holds true for fathers in biological parent families, for stepfathers, and for fathers heading single-parent families.
    Source: Nord, Christine Winquist, and Jerry West. Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in Their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status. (NCES 2001-032). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2001. 
  • Children in families without a father are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011, 12% of children in two-parent families were living in poverty, compared to 44% of children in mother-only families.
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Children’s Living Arrangements and Characteristics: March 2011, Table C8. Washington D.C.: 2011.

Today, it is estimated that there are 70.1 million fathers across the United States. This Father’s Day, let yours know just how much you appreciate him with products he’ll enjoy. Elemente has plenty of products he’ll love, including shampoo and conditioner, facial wash and facial cleansing liquid, and our soothing Cactus moisturizing line! Order 250 CV of any exceptional Elemente products and receive a $25 coupon toward another purchase! It’s a great way to remember the fathers in your life!