From Superheroes to Role Models: Unlocking the Secrets of a Great Dad


Father's Day is coming on Sunday, June 18, and families across the country will be taking time to honor the men who fill this role. President Richard Nixon declared Father's Day a national holiday in 1972 - 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official. One reason for the delay likely has to do with marketability. Mother's Day was seen as a great opportunity for retail establishments to cash in as people rushed to buy flowers, gifts, and cards for their moms. Dads were not seen as being connected to the same kind of sentimentality and therefore, not likely to be similarly profitable. That doesn't make them any less worthy of a day of honor, though.

When shopping for Father's Day cards or gifts, there are certain images that are repeated over and over. Tools, ties, golf clubs, and fishing poles dominate the card aisle, seemingly suggesting that these are the key things that define fatherhood. But plenty of dads aren't handy, don't wear a tie to work, and don't golf or fish. Even for those dads who do, are these really the things that define fatherhood?

The Clifton Times would love to feature some of your thoughts about this special day. Who are Clifton's amazing dads and what makes them so wonderful? If you would like to have your dad - or your children's dad - honored in this upcoming story, please consider sending us a message.

What are the qualities you value in a dad? 

A quotation from your child or children would be great; please include the child's first name and age.

Is there a short story you'd like to share about this fabulous father?

Include a photo if you'd like!

Send your thoughts to us at with the subject line "Great dad" by Friday, June 16. The story will be published on Sunday - Father's Day.

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