Thursday, June 05, 2014



 British teenagers stay an average of 22ft away from their dads in public, according to a poll of teens carried out by occasions specialists and card retailer Clinton’s.
The poll of more than 500 teenagers found that they favoured this exclusion zone for fear of being seen by friends in public with their dads.
The poll also found that the average dad does 627 ‘dad miles’ per year on weekends, ferrying teens to and from parties and other social gatherings, often very late into the evening.
One West London dad of four, Jeremy Duncan, said that he had taken to answering the phone “Duncan’s Taxis” after 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights in the certain knowledge that it would be a request for a lift from one of his teenage kids.
Jeremy Duncan said:  “I have noticed that my teenage kids tend to keep their distance when we’re out and about.  I don’t take personally because I remember doing it myself from time to time, as we all do.  Maybe Father’s Day should be the one day in the year when we agree a bit of a temporary truce and call a halt to No Dads Land in public."
Britain’s long-suffering dads fall well behind mums in the thank you stakes as well.  Market data from the UK Greeting Card Association reveals that 22 million Father’s Day cards were sent in 2013, less than half the number sent to mothers on Mother’s Day.
Clinton’s is calling on teens to redress the balance this year and thank their dads for the long-suffering contributions that they make to their kids’ upbringing.
Tim Fairs, director at Clinton’s, said: “Father’s Day is the one day in the year devoted to dads.  What we’re hoping is that kids will recognise that their dads have their hearts in the right place even if their behavior sometimes leaves a little to be desired.  Mums, of course, are the biggest influence in most kids’ lives, but in many families dads are important ‘support staff’ that deserve a bit of thanks from time to time.”
Asked to identify the five things that dads could do better, teens voted for the following:
  1. No dancing
  2. No singing in public
  3. More care with clothing
  4. Better jokes or, ideally, no jokes
  5. Not trying to be cool by using age inappropriate language
Asked to list the things they would praise in the dads, teens voted for the following:
  1. Lifts
  2. The occasional fiver
  3. Their technical knowhow and DIY
  4. Their relaxed attitude
  5. Their readiness to have meals in front of the TV
Unlike Mother’s Day, Father’s Day does not have official church recognition and the tradition is a relatively new one, compared with Mother’s Day. The tradition of Father’s Day started in the US at the start of the 20thcentury. The idea spread to the UK with the American GIs based here during World War Two, and it was after the war that the idea really caught on here in the UK.
The tradition was started by Mrs John Bruce of Spokane in Washington State, who wanted to pay tribute to her own father, who had raised her and five siblings after the death of her mother. She asked her local church for a special sermon on the goodness and devotion of fathers and was so inspired by it, that she drew up a petition asking for the third Sunday in June to be a special day for honouring fathers. In 1910 her wish was granted when Woodrow Wilson officially designated the day as Father’s Day and chose a rose as its official symbol.  Today millions of sons and daughters around the world remember their fathers on Father’s Day.

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