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Parents Talk: Is Father's Day Fair?

Do dads get cheated compared to the glory of Mother's Day?

Sunday is Father’s Day– a great day to celebrate the bond you have with your dad and shower him with gifts and attention.

But, are fathers being cheated?

First of all, Mother’s Day comes first in the calendar year, and dads are left with a seemingly secondary holiday.

Mother’s Day is known as the biggest holiday for cards and a big day for flower sales. So what’s left for dads? A big retail surge of ties and grill utensils?

Congress declared the second Sunday in May as National Mother’s Day in 1914. Richard Nixon declared the third Sunday in June as National Father’s Day 58 years later. What took so long?

Americans spend $14.6 billion to show love for their mamas on Mother’s Day, according to stats from H&R Block. In comparison, we spend $9.4 billion on Father’s Day gifts and cards.

Mother’s Day is the most popular day of the year to go out to eat. I’m assuming then, that dear old dad is expected to try out the newly-gifted grill tools for a Father’s Day celebration, if there is one.

Dads, here’s some good news: Last year Google shared an interesting stat. Father's Day topped Mother's Day in Google searches for the first time. Does this mean the popularity of Father’s Day is catching up to its female counterpart?

Do you plan to give your dad or husband a gift on Father’s Day?

Dads, do you feel cheated by the holiday in your honor? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Emily B June 17, 2012 at 02:47 AM
You may not, but many people do, Becca has an important point, at least here regionally.
Emily B June 17, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I like the idea of personalizing it too. I personally think that many of the holidays have turned in to "Hallmark Day" so regardless of the original intent, it feels like they are too focused on "stuff." Neither of my parents live in MN and I am not a parent, so we don't really "do" anything for these days now, but if we did I think a nice meal together as a family would be great, skip all the ties and imported flowers, which many of us wait to buy at the last minute anyway, so it doesn't seem that special and thought out... but that's just my perception. Honestly, I think younger people are having consumption fatigue and a general push away from buying things, so I hope holidays like Mother's Day and Father's Day will become more about family again and less about finding the perfect gift.
Emily B June 17, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Ok, I guess I need to edit my comment about Father's Day becoming more about family "again." Just read a little history and though the original advocate did it in honor of her father who raised her and five siblings as a single father, the later push (1920's) was mostly by "trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, for example the manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes, and any traditional present to fathers." Also, BTW, the first attempt to designate Father's Day in Congress was in 1913, but "Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized."
rob_h78 June 18, 2012 at 05:58 PM
My son (who is in grade school) suggested we go to Big Daddy's BBQ for ribs, then out for ice cream and then Xbox - it was a great Father's Day! Much, much less elaborate than the recent Mother's Day planning.
Becky Glander June 18, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Rob, that sounds like so much fun! Well, that depends...what did you play on Xbox?

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