5 things you may not know about the influence of a dad

Alex Goodlett, Deseret News

Alex Jensen plays with his son Luke Jensen, 2, at Edgemont South Stake Park in Provo on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Father’s Day — and fatherhood practices — have done some changing since President Lyndon B. Johnson affixed his signature in 1966 to the proclamation that the holiday would be marked on the third Sunday in June each year.

That was nearly 60 years after what some claim to be the first formal celebration of fathers held in 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Officeholidays.com says that first father fete took place in a church service at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South.

There are lots of trivial facts about Father’s Day, like the tidbit that 87 million cards are sold at this time each year, making it the fourth-largest day for giving cards.

But there are serious facts about fathers, too, because he’s important not only for who he is, but for his potential to help his children’s development. Dads have great impact on whether children stay in school, abuse substances, engage in risky sexual activity or end up in jail. They can pass on to their children not only genetic traits, but attitudes like hard work and persistence.

That’s just the beginning. In honor of good fathers everywhere, here are some facts about dads you may not know, taken from some of our favorite father-fact graphics:

Today’s fathers may spend more time…

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