It should come as no surprise that dads for Father’s Day traditionally fall behind moms on Mother’s Day when it comes to people lavishing attention and presents on them on those special occasions.
A new national survey shows that 52 percent of adult children sometimes think that they take their dads for granted. The national survey of 300 people (150 men and 150 women) ahead of Father’s Day on Sunday was commissioned by Visiting Angels, one of the largest in-home senior care companies in the U.S.
▪ Families expect too much from fathers as the breadwinner, romantic husband, caretaker for children, athletic supporter and handy man.
▪ Dads also aren’t as demonstrative as moms are about their needs and accomplishments. Moms often get more attention, especially on Mother’s Day.
▪ Dads don’t expect as much on Father’s Day so they often get overlooked.
▪ Finding a good, appreciated gift for Dad can be difficult.
The National Retail Federation notes that people spend half as much on gifts for Father’s Day than they do on Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day ranks as the third largest spending holiday in the United States compared with Father’s Day coming in No. 6, trailing Valentine’s Day and Easter.
The gifts that children plan to give fathers this year are greeting cards, quality family time and gift cards. When fathers were asked what they really want they said quality time with their children and family, gift cards and a a retreat to their “man cave” with a greeting card.
The Visiting Angels survey said that only 10 percent of dads said they wanted a new tie for Father’s Day, and only 13 percent said they wanted those “world’s greatest dad” gifts.
The survey also found that 76 percent of adult children planned to visit their dad on Father’s Day. Eighty-six percent said they love their dads and want to spend more time with them. More than 58 percent said they want to set a good example for their kids.
Also 20 percent of the respondents said Father’s Day was one of the few times during the year that they get to see their dads because they’re so busy.