Connect with Conversation: Celebrating Father’s Day

With Father’s Day fast approaching on Sunday 19th June, it’s time to start thinking about how we can celebrate and connect with the special father figures in our lives.  

For many of us, our fathers are fountains of knowledge and are always on hand to give words of wisdom. It is a universal notion that when they talk, we listen. 

It is thought that Father’s Day was first celebrated in Washington, US in 1910. As Mother’s Day was already an official holiday 58 years before, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd attempted to establish an equivalent celebration for male parents. By visiting local churches, shopkeepers and governments, public support grew for her idea. The campaign was successful, and soon the day was officially recognised and celebrated around the world. 

Historically, a father was considered the main breadwinner of the house, traditionally married and the disciplinarian of the family. However, in today’s landscape, the modern-day father comes in various forms: adoptive or step-parent, gay or straight, single or married, employed or unemployed. Therefore, it’s become important to celebrate father figures in all shapes and forms on Father’s Day. 

Connect with the important father figures in your life through these conversation starters you can use with whoever you are celebrating this Father’s Day.
 

CONNECT ON BEING A FATHER FIGURE 

  • What has been the most difficult challenge of being a father? 
  • What traditions did your father pass on to you that you have continued? 
  • What was the biggest lesson you learned from your father? 
  • Do you have any regrets? 

 

CONNECT ON THEIR PAST 

  • What are the three happiest moments in your life so far? 
  • What world events have had the biggest impact on you?  
  • What family gatherings and traditions do you remember as a child? 
  • Did you have a mentor growing up? 
  • How did you meet your partner? 
  • What advice would you give to yourself five / ten / twenty years ago? 

 

CONNECT ON THE PRESENT & FUTURE 

  • What do you enjoy most about being a father? 
  • What three adjectives would your friends and family use to describe you? 
  • What are you looking forward to most about being a father in the next five / ten / twenty years? 

 

Whatever way you celebrate Father’s Day, one of the most impactful things you can do is connect with your dad, grandfather, stepparent, or any influential man in your life. By starting a meaningful conversation, you can learn more about their history, traditions, life lessons and values.  

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a celebration of Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. She is the first British Monarch to celebrate that milestone and to mark this historic occasion, the UK is having a four-day bank holiday weekend, the spring bank holiday – usually the last Monday of May has been moved to Thursday 2, June and is followed by an extra bank holiday to mark the Jubilee on Friday 3, June. 

Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York. She was privately educated before serving in the women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II at the age of 18.  Her Majesty ascended to the throne following the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952. 

As Her Majesty’s reign began in 1952, here we explore some interesting events from that year.  

What happened in 1952? 

6th February – Queen Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen throughout the Commonwealth after her father, King George VI, died in the early hours of the morning.  

21st February – British Government, under Winston Churchill, abolishes identity cards in the UK to ‘Set the People Free’ – the popular slogan for his campaign. 

2nd May – The de Havilland Comet becomes the world’s first commercial jet airliner. The airliner was developed and manufactured by de Havilland at Hatfield Aerodrome in Hertfordshire.  

7th May – The concept of integrated circuits is first published by Geoffrey W.A Dummer, which formed the basis for all modern computers.  

2nd July – The Dodrill GMR heart machine was successfully used for the first time. Developed by Dr. Forest Dewy Dodrill at Harper University Hospital, Detroit, it was the first operational mechanical heart successfully used while performing open heart surgery.  

7th July – The ocean liner SS United States breaks the Blue Riband Transatlantic Speed Record and becomes the fastest passenger ship in the world. 

19th July – The Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of The XV Olympiad were held in Finland. This was the first Olympics since World War II that featured the Soviet Union and Germany. 

10th December – Archer Martin and Richard Synge Win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their invention of partition chromatography.  

14th November – The first UK Singles Chart is published in NME, then named New Musical Express. The chart was topped by Johnnie Ray with ‘Walkin’ My Baby Back Home’ 

25th December – The Queen makes her first Christmas Speech to the Commonwealth.

Her Majesty’s Coronation 

Her Majesty was crowned Queen at the age of 25 on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey, which has been the traditional setting for coronations since 1066. The news was broken whilst she was on holiday in Kenya, becoming the first Sovereign in over 200 years to accede while abroad.  

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth was the first to be televised and was watched by over 20 million people in the UK alone. The ceremony was attended by 8,251 guests who represented 129 nations and territories.  

More on Her Majesty’s Coronation can be found here.

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