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A father's prayer on Father's Day: 'Dear God, make me the kind of man my son wants me to be'
Father's Day is a Western world initiated observance to be celebrated on June 18 this year to recognise fathers' contributions as parents to the family and building society. The celebration has caught up in India too due to the greeting card industry, gift shops, florists, hotel industry and other market forces.

Often children are supposed to pay their gratitude to their father figures and other family members wish them to make them feel special on this day.

Also, on this day, every father should remember that one day his son would follow his example instead of his advice. Thus, the day reminds fathers to be the role models to their children.

About an ideal and responsible father, it had been rightly said by Jawaharlal Nehru that ‘a father is more than a hundred school teachers’.

It needs to be understood that a father has not only to take care of the financial needs of the family, but also inculcate human values and social skills among the family members.

However, it has been seen that over the years, fathers tend to become a bit sullen and cynical. So on Father's Day, children must do something to make them smile and laugh their heart out.

On this Father’s Day, we also need to understand that every fathering situation has only a fifty per cent chance of being right, as Bill Cosby puts it. Rest fifty per cent of being a good father is a matter of great effort and self-education.

When we are in our teens, how much we resent the father figures. This feeling has been rightly described by Mark Twain in his saying, "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."


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