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Father's Day: It's Not Just For Your Dad Anymore

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by Jessica Rudgley (subscribe)
I am undertaking a double degree in Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of International Relations while living in Adelaide's Northern Suburbs. I have enjoyed writing and telling others of great things to do in this amazing city!
Published August 26th 2013
It's time someone recognised the blatantly obvious: not everyone has a Dad that they can celebrate Father's Day with. So what do they do? Who can they celebrate with?

The easy answer is: anyone. Yes, anyone, even their Mum. A lot of kids grow up without a Dad, or without having much to do with one. It's not unusual. For these kids, other men become a father figure, or, in some cases, their Mum is able to act as both parents.

So, Father's Day, really becomes "Father Figure's Day". Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, I know, but is has the same meaning. Just like Father's Day is celebrated around the world on different dates and at different times, it can be celebrated for different people.

Some people make cards, and buy gifts for other male family members, like a grandfather or an uncle, or even perhaps a neighbour or family friend who had a major influence on them.

For those of you who do have a Dad, why not be different this year, and recognise anyone who has been a fatherly influence on you? You could even throw a BBQ for all of them, your grandfathers, uncles, family friends, maybe even a neighbour. Make a real day out of it, put the footy on TV and let them kick back and relax!

It'll be great to be surrounded by everyone who's been a Dad to you, and it's a good excuse for a BBQ!
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What an apt sentiment. Very fitting.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12622) 2611 days ago
A nice thought!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 2606 days ago
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