Father-Daughter Day Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father-Daughter_Day

Father–Daughter Day
Observed byUnited States
SignificanceHonoring relationships of fathers and daughters
DateSecond Sunday in October
2021 dateOctober 10  (2021-10-10)
2022 dateOctober 9  (2022-10-09)
2023 dateOctober 8  (2023-10-08)
2024 dateOctober 13  (2024-10-13)
First time2017
Related toIn history and celebrations: Father's Day, Mother's Day, Parents' Day, National Grandparents Day, Siblings Day

Father–Daughter Day (sometimes called National Father–Daughter Day) is a holiday recognized annually on the second Sunday of October in the United States, honoring the relationship between a father and a daughter.[1] Unlike Mother's Day and Father's Day, it is not federally recognized.


The U.S. holiday was originally conceived by Smokey Robinson to honor his relationship with his only daughter. In human development the relationship between fathers and sons overshadows the bond with daughters. This holiday promotes the development of young women through their father.[2]

Robinson stated: “There are many different kinds of families today, and we know that all parental relationships are important to the healthy development of children, but the father/daughter bond is unique and one that is near to my heart. The father/daughter relationship shapes a young woman’s perspective of men and what to expect from them. I believe that female empowerment begins in the home and fathers must set a healthy example through their personal actions and interactions.”


Examples of commemoration during Father–Daughter Day can be both commercial or intangible. Nonmaterial examples of observances during this day include embracing one another with hugs, spending quality time together, and honoring their presence in your life.

In September 2017, Rockabye Baby! Music released a lullaby version of Smokey Robinson's "My Girl" to support the holiday.[3] In October 2017, greeting card company American Greetings announced their plan to release a line of eCards with Smokey Robinson to celebrate the launch of Father-Daughter Day.[4]

Father absence in the United States[edit]

Fifteen million U.S. children live without a father.[5] While father absence mainly results from parental divorce and separation,[6][7] other factors such as family poverty, developmental difficulties have been associated with father absence, the effects of which have been explained by various theoretical approaches. Fathers are traditionally deemed a provider of protection and support for the child's development.[8] Early maturing girls have been found to be at risk for teenage pregnancy,[9] drinking[10] and weight problems,[11][12] and giving birth to low birth weight infants.[13]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Smokey Robinson Announces The Launch Of Father Daughter Day on October 8th – Primary Wave". primarywave.com. 6 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Lullaby Rendition of Temptations' "My Girl"". Rockabye Baby!.
  4. ^ "Smokey Robinson's songs are now ecards!". AmericanGreetings.com.
  5. ^ "Fathers disappear from households across America".
  6. ^ Amato, Paul R. (1 June 2010). "Research on Divorce: Continuing Trends and New Developments". Journal of Marriage and Family. 72 (3): 650–666. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00723.x. ISSN 1741-3737.
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  8. ^ Draper, Patricia; Harpending, Henry (1 January 1982). "Father Absence and Reproductive Strategy: An Evolutionary Perspective". Journal of Anthropological Research. 38 (3): 255–273. doi:10.1086/jar.38.3.3629848. JSTOR 3629848. S2CID 46682009.
  9. ^ Udry, J. Richard; Cliquet, R. L. (1 February 1982). "A cross-cultural examination of the relationship between ages at menarche, marriage, and first birth". Demography. 19 (1): 53–63. doi:10.2307/2061128. ISSN 0070-3370. JSTOR 2061128. PMID 7067870.
  10. ^ Mezzich, A (1997). "Substance use and risky sexual behavior in female adolescents". Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 44 (2–3): 157–166. doi:10.1016/s0376-8716(96)01333-6. PMID 9088788.
  11. ^ Ness, Roberta (1 January 1991). "Adiposity and age of menarche in Hispanic women". American Journal of Human Biology. 3 (1): 41–47. doi:10.1002/ajhb.1310030108. ISSN 1520-6300. PMID 28520315. S2CID 205300364.
  12. ^ Wellens, R.; Malina, R. M.; Roche, A. F.; Chumlea, W. C.; Guo, S.; Siervogel, R. M. (1 January 1992). "Body size and fatness in young adults in relation to age at menarche". American Journal of Human Biology. 4 (6): 783–787. doi:10.1002/ajhb.1310040610. ISSN 1520-6300. PMID 28524629. S2CID 2543779.
  13. ^ Scholl, Theresa; Hediger, Mary; Vasilenko, Peter; Ances, Isadore; Smith, Woolcott; Salmon, Ruth (1 January 1989). "Effects of early maturation on fetal growth". Annals of Human Biology. 16 (4): 335–345. doi:10.1080/03014468900000462. ISSN 0301-4460. PMID 2782851.