2017-06-14 / Irregular Regulars


Today is Flag Day, which memorializes adopting the flag of the United States June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army Birthday this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole June 14, 1775.

Sunday is Father’s Day. The first Father’s Day was celebrated June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Wash. It was the brainchild of Sonora Dodd who wanted to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2014 (the latest data available), there were 72.2 million fathers across the nation. The number of fathers living in married-couple family groups with children younger than age 18 in 2016 was 24.6 million. There were 2.0 million single fathers in 2016 living with their children under age 18; 17 percent of single parents were men. Nine percent were raising three or more children younger than age 18. About 40 percent were divorced, 38 percent were never married, 16 percent were separated and 6 percent were widowed. About 46 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more. The percentage of dads who have kids with their current spouse or partner, but also have kids with someone else is 12.4. There are 29.2 million fathers who are also grandfathers. The estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2016 is 209,000. These married fathers with children younger than age 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year, primarily so they can care for the family while their wife works outside the home. These fathers cared for about 392,000 children under age 15.

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