There is an old adage that says, ‘a father is a boy’s first hero and a daughter’s first love,’ it still holds true today – all relationships that a child has in the future are flavoured by the one they have shared with their father. In fact, more and more studies are showing the importance of a father in a child’s growing, formative years. In fact, fathers of this generation are spending more time, almost 45% more, with their children than those of previous generations. The more involved and supportive a father is, the better the child’s development – cognitive, social, academic and the child develops a better sense of self.
Father’s Day is a special day to appreciate a father’s or a father figure’s influence in a child’s life. The idea of celebrating Father’s Day was first voiced by Sonora Dodd, in the USA, who wanted to honour her father who had brought up six children as a single parent with a lot of patience, love and sacrifice. She wanted the world to know that mothers may be the primary caregivers but fathers hold a very important place in a child’s life. Today, over a century since Sonora campaigned for a Father’s Day, it is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year in several countries around the globe.
Dads are usually seen as the ‘cool’ parent, the one who is less protective and encourages his kids to explore and move out into the world. A father is the one children turn when it comes to physical activities – when it comes to sports – its Dad all the way! A dad can always be relied upon when it comes to advice on tackling bullies or issues at school. Even Sigmund Freud, has postulated that the greatest need of a child in childhood is that of a father’s protection. Mentor, role model, friend, coach, disciplinarian, protector – a father has so many roles to play in a child’s life…seeing them through life’s ups and downs till the very end.
Unfortunately, most of the time, one finds father’s so caught up in the rat race and the need to be a good provider for the family, that they are left with little time or energy to engage with their children. Due to this, there could be a strain in the bond of this immensely valuable relationship.
Father’s need to make time to be with their children, if not every day of the week, then at least on Sunday’s when ‘going to work’ doesn’t demand all their time. It is no co-incidence that Father’s Day is celebrated on a Sunday! It’s never too late to start building a stronger bond with your child and there are so many ways to do it – become the storyteller at bedtime, weaving magic into their dreams, be their one man cheerleading squad as they strive to make you proud in the sporting arena, help with homework….do anything to forge that connection that is uniquely yours.
Rustomjee, the thoughtful developer, understands the importance of fathers in a child’s life. Which is why at Leon’s World, Rustomjee Urbania, there are not only activities that are geared towards the holistic development of a child, but also that encourage family bonding. This Father’s Day, 18th June, dads and kids can treat themselves to an amazing time at Leon’s World Centre with great activities that will make spending time together super fun! Team up with your kids for Cricket Mania, Hoop Away, Sock The Ladder, My Daddy Strongest , Minute to Win and Hit The Wicket. For children between the ages of 3 – 14 and dads of all ages, mothers are welcome too. At Leon’s World, Father’s Day is just another reason to have a family Fun-day!