Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Father’s Day

We live in a world that is desperate for fathers. I am not just thinking about the millions of children who grow up without the benefit of a biological father. I am talking about the need for men who act like fathers and are willing to assume the role of fatherhood—with their families and in their communities.

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This beautiful infographic tells the whole story about Father’s Day with some interesting facts about fatherhood in general. I am offline today, choosing to disconnect from Twitter and Facebook to reconnect with my family. I hope you will do the same.

Father’s Day Infographic

Infographic by: www.ultimatecoupons.com

Question: What did you learn about Father’s Day that you didn’t know? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

    To be honest, I was surprised that the number was as high as it was for the 36% of children younger than 6 who had 15 or more outings with their dad in the past month. That is great, but I hope it gets better.

    I had a daddy who was very involved in our lives. Today he celebrates Father’s Day in heaven.

    • http://freewayhome.wordpress.com/ Luke Reynolds

      I was surprised too. I probably had 15 total outings with my dad during that 6-15 years old time period.

    • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

      I was surprised by that number as well. Although, being surprised by that “high” of a number just shows us how starved our culture is for godly fathers and men.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      Surprised as well.  Definitely not my experience. But it is true for my kids. I make every effort to spend tons of time invested in their lives!

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t know about the roses being the official flower…and the difference in color. Also, I’m not surprised by the 46% or single dads being from divorce, but it still makes me sad. I have had such a burden for praying for our husbands, fathers, etc. As women on our knees in prayer, we can help carry their burden and fight their battles! 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I didn’t know that about the roses either. Thanks for praying for fathers!

  • http://jasonfountain.blogspot.com Jason Fountain

    Amen to the fact that we need men to act like fathers. The post on my blog today is a tribute to my dad who has always been a true “father” to me. http://bit.ly/msfluG

  • Daguirrem

    I’m thanking God my father displayed a robust biblical image of God to me. Firm and yes fearful… but also as the happiest and kindest being in the universe (Romans 11:22). Soft but firm. Kindness but Strength.  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      What a gift!

  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    A lot in this post I didn’t know. The Red Rose & White Rose sticks out for some reason. Interesting. Good to know the origin of Father’s Day too. Some of the stats seem sadly low. Makes me want to go play with my boys. Overall – good informative stuff!

  • Anonymous

    As I read how many father’s read to their children I realized I never had that. So thankful for this children that do and thankful that when I read God’s Word, my Father in Heaven is reading to me. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great perspective!

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Thanks for sharing the history of Father’s Day. That was astounding.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t know that Father’s Day was started by a woman (from Washington – YES!) and the red/white rose significance.   Thanks for posting.  Enjoy your day!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The fact that it was started by a woman was awesome.

      • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

        The fact that is was started by a woman was awesome, but not entirely surprising to me. I know that Mother’s Day was championed by a woman (who later turned into its biggest foe because of the commercialism it inspired), but typically women tend to be more into the needs of others. As a man, it strikes me as nice that we have a day for fathers, but if we didn’t I would not try to make one.

    • Jmhardy97

      I didn’t know that either. What a great thought from someone who was more concerned about the feelings of others than their own.


  • Jmhardy97

    Thank you for sharing this.  I found the facts very interesting and I shared them with my family as we gathered together to celebrate fathersday.


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4GU5M5KF3CBHBPVJK7JSD4TASM Michael

    My earthly Father is now with my Heavenly Father. My father worked 2 and sometimes 3 jobs to provide for us. And even then, he was available for us. He went with me on Boy Scout trips. We had our traditional summer vacations. He loved roses. I never knew about about the red and white roses. I feel blessed to have had a loving father and even more blessed to be a father. My daughter is in college now, but I am as active in her life as she’ll let me. As an educator, I could tell you some very sad stories about my students and their missing fathers, and in many cases missing both parents. Many of my students can not relate to the idea of the old style traditional male parent. In many cases, if there is a father figure, the male role model in my students’ lives is an outsider, an adult playmate, or the person you stay away from. The male role model is disposible. My students are amazed that my wife and I have been married for so long. The idea of the pop culture “baby’s daddy” is sad for me. It concerns me that if a child never relates with a earthly Father, how difficult will it be for them to have a relationship with their Heavenly Father? I can not assume that everyone has what I have. I am thankful with what God has given me. And I pray that His Will and love is shown through me.    

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree. I feel a tremendous sense of responsible—and privilege—to model my heavenly father to my children and grandchildren. I know that their whole idea of fatherhood will be, at least initially, shaped by me.

    • Jmhardy97

      My father has been gone for 10 years now. But fathers day is still a special day to reflect and remember.


  • http://beckfarfromhome.blogspot.com/ Beck Gambill

    I didn’t realize how many single and stay at home dads there are, that’s quite a commitment. My husband has told me more than once he could never do what I do (stay at home mom) That there are men raising their family’s alone is amazing, I respect their dedication. In my own life I’m so thankful for a good, caring father, father- in -law and husband. My family is blessed.

  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    Wish the stats from above were higher from an involvement perspective. Church today was convicting from a Father’s perspective. We’ve got a huge responsibility with the children we’ve been blessed with. If we answer the call to, and raise our children as Godly fathers, we’ll be blessed like never before. Great day to be a father.

    “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” -Psalm 127:3-5

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  • http://twitter.com/B_Schebs B_Schebs

    I thik the amount of times fathers read to their children per week surprised me the most.  I would have expected a much lower number.

    • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

      That one surprised me as well, though I do my best to up the average as often as possible. I read to all three of my children before they were born.

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        I did too.  And I still do, even though my daughter is 12 and is “independent”…

  • http://claz.org Classifieds

    Intuitively felt that the origin of Father’s Day was supposed to put the woman. Now I know this for sure. Well, got a lot of other interesting facts for myself. Thanks

  • Anonymous

    I was offline for the most part yesterday.  I did not read this till today.  Surprised that the rose is the offical flower of Father’s Day.  I am also surprised with the number of outings and reading with kids.  That seems low to me, but I also have 4 children that I am taking out and reading to.  This time of year always reminds me of the responsible that God has entrusted with me as a father and also a husband.

  • Joe Lalonde

    I learned a couple of things -

    I never knew that there was an official flower for father’s day. I did not realize that the average spent on father’s day was as much as it was. And I find the statistic that over 1/3 of kids under 6 had more than 15 outings with their dad last month shocking(in a good way).

  • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

    There are some interesting facts that I did not know in this post, but I learned by following your example (and that of Phil Cooke’s) to disconnect. I chose to not tell anyone I disconnected, but woke up this morning and decided to blog about it. Here is a link to my post: Eight Points I Learned on Father’s Day: http://t.co/UfMJhIG but the most important thing I learned is that the world did not end because I was not on my smart phone or computer.

  • bethanyplanton

    In our service yesterday, the pastor brought up some interesting stats. Children who are taken by just their father to church are 55% more likely to go to church as an adult. If just the mother took the children to church, there was only a 15% chance they would go to church as an adult. Fathers play such a big role in both their sons and daughters. I am so thankful that I have a father who is present.

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  • http://www.extremejohn.com Extreme John

    Amazing infographic Micheal. I learned a lot from such a limited space. A very thorough and well-researched infographic. Makes me feel special and proud to be a Dad. The statistical figures were awesome. The number of single Dads wasn’t so shocking given the statistics of divorce nowadays. Nevertheless, being a Dad is one of the most fulfilling feelings any Dad could ever experience. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful information. I feel so blessed. :) 

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    Although my father is no longer living, I couldn’t have been more blessed. Very interesting statistics.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    So much great stuff that so few people know about Father’s Day.  Got one for Mother’s Day?

  • Jmhardy97

    I posted this on my facebook account and got a lot of positive comments. Thank you for sharing.