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    Happy Father's Day!

    On this Father's day I thought it would be nice to post a few articles on the importance of families and fatherhood. Family life is wonderful I greatly enjoy being the father of six wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful and wonderful wife. If someone asked me to live my life over and be able to choose to be a rich and powerful individual (with no family) or poor with a totally low-status job (but with my family) I would not hesitate to choose the latter.

    I believe the rewards to family life totally outweigh any negatives (the occasional sleepless night with a sick infant comes to mind). The joys of sharing life and learning with each individually unique child helps one to see the beauty of even the most simple portion of creation things that many of us take for granted once we "grow up" and forget the simple joys of exploration and even how to play.

    One article I found most inspiring (being an educator myself) is one about a rather large family that has a record of turning out highly successful children. I may have posted this earlier in the context of homeschool issues, but it deserves to be re-posted here:

    http://www.kentuckyconnect.com/heral...4prodigies.htm

    If such a large family can do this then what can stop other families that might be smaller?

    I believe that children can accomplish a lot if motivated at home. This would have to be the explanation here:

    http://acmfiles.csusb.edu/comm/Chron...ssue/pays.html

    And last but not least, fathers play an extremely important role in the development of children. This article brings up some very important points:

    http://www.fatherhood.org/articles/wh061300.htm

    Take care all.

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    Happy belated Father's Day to you, too.

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    That's interesting, we celebrate Father's day in September in Australia. What about other countries?

    BTW, is that what those bears are about on www.google.com ?
    Last edited by freakysid; Jun 17, 2001 at 23:05.

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    Originally posted by freakysid
    BTW, is that what those bears are about on www.google.com ?
    Yeah, Sid, that's what it was for. I love how Google shows the spirit in decorating their logo up for different occasions.

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    A Tribute to Fathers

    This was such a nice tribute for Father's Day from President Bush:

    Pres. Bush-"As a society, we must support fathers"
    A Proclamation by the President: Father's Day, 2001
    THE WHITE HOUSE

    Office of the Press Secretary
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    For Immediate Release June 15, 2001

    FATHER'S DAY, 2001
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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    A PROCLAMATION

    Americans celebrate Father's Day as a unique time to reflect on the importance of fathers and to honor their vital role in the lives of children. For those who have been blessed with our own families, this day also provides an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to being the best possible fathers for our children.

    Father's Day was originally the idea of Sonora Dodd, who wanted to honor her father, Civil War veteran Henry Jackson Smart. As Sonora's sole surviving parent following the death of her mother, Mr. Smart made great sacrifices for his daughter and raised her with courage, selflessness, and abiding love. To enable all Americans to participate in paying special tribute to their fathers, President Calvin Coolidge first recognized Father's Day in 1924.

    During childhood, boys and girls look to their fathers for a sense of security, warmth, attention, patience, and understanding. As young people mature, their fathers contribute to their spiritual, emotional, physical, financial, and social well-being. In reaching adulthood, men and women alike are enriched immeasurably by the wisdom of their fathers as they pursue careers, start families, and take active roles in the community.

    For boys and girls raised without a father in the home, the challenges can be great. Seventy-five percent of American children raised in a one-parent household will experience poverty before they turn 11 years old, compared to only 20 percent of children in families with two parents. Children in homes where the father is absent are more likely to be suspended from school or to drop out, be treated for an emotional or behavioral problem, become suicidal as adolescents, or become victims of child abuse or neglect.

    As a society, we must support fathers in fulfilling their responsibilities to their families, which may include not only biological or adopted children, but also stepchildren or foster children. Fathers must be prepared to nurture and care for their sons and daughters, and to do so in the context of a strong and committed marriage. To promote responsible fatherhood, my Administration has proposed providing financial support to community and faith-based organizations that help fathers and to programs that strengthen marriage and promote successful parenting. We also propose funding to support the expansion of ongoing State and local fatherhood initiatives and helping community groups that try to provide young men with role models.

    Our society must strive to produce a generation of men who are ready to become the best possible fathers. Let us set a good example for America's sons by valuing the responsibility and importance of fatherhood. Let us also honor and be thankful for the caring, decent, and hardworking fathers who make such a tremendous difference in the lives of their children and families.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972 (36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 17, 2001, as Father's Day. I encourage all Americans to express love and respect for their fathers, as well as appreciation for the vital contributions of fathers to families and to society. I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day. I also call upon State and local governments and citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-fifth.



    GEORGE W. BUSH
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