13 Interesting Facts About Fathers

Thursday, June 18, 2009

For this week's Thursday 13, I decided to celebrate Father's Day (June 21) early with some interesting facts about fatherhood:

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  1. There are 140,000 stay-at-dads in the U.S. offering full time care to 234,000 children.

  2. Sixteen percent of the 1.8 million single fathers in America are raising three or more children under the age of 18.

  3. There are an estimated 64.3 million fathers across the nation.

  4. Of the previously mentioned fathers, 25.8 million are part of a married/residing together household.

  5. The word "Dad" dates back to the sixteenth century, or possibly even earlier. It may have originated with the Welsh word "Tad" (meaning father), which later mutated to Dad. The word "Father" is derived from the Old English "Foeder".

  6. Father's Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June in the U.S., UK, and 50 other countries. In Australia, Father's Day is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of September and the 2nd Sunday in June in Norway and Scandanavia.

  7. 71% percent of children under the age of 6 eat dinner with their father everyday.

  8. The tie is the gift most received by father's on their special day.

  9. It is believed that a father's influence on his children is most critical from ages six to 14.

  10. Of all fathers, 11% of them are also stepfathers.

  11. One in twelve men serving in the U.S. Army is a dad.

  12. 38% percent of father's say they would take a cut in pay to spend more time with their children.

  13. Some of the most popular television fathers include Ward Clever, Mike Brady, Howard Cunningham, and Ray Barone.


2 chatted about this topic:

Shana June 18, 2009 at 11:33 AM  

Just had to check out your blog because of the comment on Harriet's Blog. I am so glad that someone agrees with me. Love your blog by the way!

AD June 18, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

and that is the most i could learn about fathers :)

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