A Tribute to all the Dads in our Lives
From the days of Sonora Smart Dodd, (who dedicated the first Father’s Day to her widower veteran father of six children, on June 19, 1910 in Washington state), to 1972 when it was finally declared a national holiday, fathers and their role in the family have come a long way.
“In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson, through an executive order, designated the third Sunday in June as the official day to celebrate Father’s Day. However, it wasn’t until 1972, during the Nixon administration, that Father’s Day was officially recognized as a national holiday.” – ArtofManliness.com
Today, fathers are much more than the obscure figure of the 60-70’s family, whose primary role was breadwinner and would occasionally spend time with the children, but left the heavy work of raising children to the mother.
“A generation or two ago, dads were often shadowy figures who disappeared at dawn and returned at dusk. Their role in the family was often relegated to breadwinner and disciplinarian (remember hearing “just wait until your father gets home”?). Thankfully times have changed.” – HealthyPlace.com
These days, dads are much more of an integral part of the family unit starting in the delivery room, taking an active role in the upbringing, playing with them, showing them affection, supporting them, helping with their homework and school projects, and volunteering at their extracurricular activities and sports teams. Traditional roles are becoming blurred as more dads choose to stay home with the kids (or find work from home situations) while their partners/wives pursue their careers.
“While most stay-at-home parents are mothers, fathers represent a growing share of all at-home parents – 16% in 2012, up from 10% in 1989.” – PewSocialTrends.org.
According to the Pew survey, more fathers see parenting as central to their identity and find raising their children an enjoyable experience. And the children are benefiting.
“Children with involved fathers are less likely to break the law and drop out of school, and have higher IQ scores and suffer fewer psychological problems and less prone to obesity.” (Fatherly.com)
And these days, as the traditional family unit has now evolved into diverse, alternative families (with step families, single parents, children being raised by grandparents, foster families and more), the definition of father has expanded to the various loving & supportive male roles in our families, churches, community organizations, schools and sports teams.
Whether you call them “stepfathers”, “big brothers” or “surrogate father figures”, they’re fathering just the same. They understand the importance—for themselves and for children—of bonding with a child, caring for them, encouraging them, and teaching them about life.
Father’s Day Giveaway (TWO $50 Gift Cards)
So at Soft Shoe, we want to wish a very Happy Father’s Day to the many ‘fathers’ and ‘grandfathers’ (whether biological or non-biological), who have shown love, encouragement, support and inspiration to the young men and women under their care.
To thank the many men in our community who’ve taken on the role of father to their children or other children in need, we are offering TWO (2) $50 Gift Cards to one lucky winner of our Father’s Day Giveaway. That way, you get a $50 Gift Card for your Dad and one to keep for yourself! Happy Father’s Day!
How to Enter our Father’s Day Giveaway
Here’s how you can show your love to the father in your life:
- Please either like our Facebook page or follow our Instagram feed (if you haven’t already)!
- Then Comment Below (at the bottom of this page) by telling us about the “Dad” in your life and what makes him special!
- The giveaway is now closed.
- The winner is Jasmine Bailey and here is her tribute a wonderful ‘Dad’ in her life:
“My husband and I have 4 children, (2 are his step children). From day 1 he has always treated them as his own, even asked them to be his sons and him their step dad when he asked me to marry him. He doesn’t show any difference in the children. He has served our country and been on 2 deployments as well as several missions/classes away from us, but always made sure to call, write, video or whatever he could do. He managed to go to college and work full time even if it meant staying up until 3 am doing homework (he would always do homework after the kids were asleep), he also recently graduated with his Masters while working full time, running kids every direction and be supportive at home. He also serves in our church as a leader and a children’s leader. He has not only given so much to us but also to others. He deserves to be treated every day and not just fathers day.”
See more inspiring stories about the amazing Dads in our community below.
Awesome Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Awesome Dads!
How better to thank our dads for all the hard work and their unconditional love with a gift they always wanted but reluctant to spend money on themselves? Here’s some great ways to add comfort and style in your Dad’s life:
We have the following gift ideas:
- Men’s summer shoes & sandals for men: Keen, Chaco, Olukai, Merrell, Clarks, Born, Sperry, Skechers, Birkenstock, Ecco and Teva.
- Men’s running shoes by Brooks, Nike, Asics, Hoka One One, Nautilus, On, New Balance, Saucony, & more.
- Men’s hiking and workboots from: Ariat, Keen, Merrell, Oboz, Merrell, Timberland Pro, Reebok, Dr. Martens, Keen, Carhartt, Cat, Wolverine, Rocky and more.
- Men’s sportswear, tees and hats: Heybo Outdoor, Patagonia, The North Face, and Southern Marsh.
Our staff will be more than happy to help you choose the perfect gift for your Dads, so stop in Soft Shoe, 805 Eastern Bypass #8; Richmond, KY 40475.
Mon–Fri: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sat: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sun: 1:30pm – 6:00pm