To celebrate or not to celebrate that is the quesiton?
Can we still enjoy the essence of any of these days – fathers, mothers, Valentines … in which we acknowledge the special people in our lives or has the commercialism all got too much?
My father died nine years ago, but my brothers and I used to give him a little something on Fathers Day always -liquorice all sorts when we were kids (not without a degree of self interest because he always shared them with us).
My farmer reckons it’s better to know you’re loved every day than to be regarded as special just once a year, and he’s right. But he does appreciate that our daughter lets lets him know she appreciates him on Fathers Day and I still welcome any chance for a celebration. which can be marked by a gift from the heart rather than from a shop so you’re not buying into the commercial hype.
So happy Fathers Day to all the dads.
Statistics NZ crunched some numbers as their way of acknowledging fathers and came up with these figures:
- The average age of fathers of new babies is 33 years, but one in 100 babies has a father aged 50 years or over.
- Today’s newborn babies have fathers who are, on average, five years older than their own fathers were when they were born.
- Fathers with children aged under one year manage 42 minutes less sleep than the average of 8.5 hours.
- Over a lifetime, fathers have seven fewer Father’s Days, on average, than mothers have Mother’s Days. This is because men generally start parenting later in life and women have a longer life span.
- More than a quarter (28 percent) of babies born in New Zealand last year were to fathers who were not themselves born in New Zealand. This compares with 22 percent a decade ago.
- On Father’s Day 2007, 145 babies were born.
- Men still tend to marry women younger than themselves, but the gap between their average ages at first marriage has narrowed. In 1967, the gap averaged 2.5 years, but by 2007 it had narrowed to 1.8 years.
At the time of the 2006 Census:
- Approximately 19 percent of fathers had a tertiary qualification of a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Approximately 13 percent of fathers worked from home or didn’t go to work on census day.
- Fathers were more likely to help around the home than other men – 91 percent of men who live in a parent and dependent child family did household work, cooking, repairs, gardening, and the like, for their own household compared with just 79 percent of men who were not living in a parent and dependent child family.
And I won’t spoil the spirit of celebration by asking of the last point how much of that help around the home they did in comparison with mothers 🙂
Update: Keeping Stock has another perspective on Fathers Day here.