Father’s Day

By Richard Nelson


June 15, 2018

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This Sunday is Father's Day. It's a time we celebrate dads and what they mean to us.  But if an Australian academic got her way, she'd rename it ‘Special Person’s Day.' Last year, Australian activist Dr. Red Ruby Scarlet launched a campaign for the name change. Scarlett believes that calling it Special Person's Day instead of Father's Day will help kids without dads to have a better sense of belonging. But even if the day were to be changed, would it somehow alter the value and importance of dads in the home? It's a question worth pondering. Fathers are integral to healthy homes. They contribute to healthy child development. And this is a good thing. So celebrate with your dad this weekend. Give him a call. Get him a present. Take him out to eat. Tell him how much you love and appreciate him.


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