And for comparison...
Sunday, June 17, 2012
2,426 is the number of articles in PubMed with the word father in the title
. A side note: searching for dad
is less fruitful, bringing up things like the Disability Assessment for Dementia scale or liquid chromatography with Diode Array Detection. But I digress.
2,426 compared to over 12,000 when searching for mother
. And yet it's not about quantity now is it.
We welcome, thank, and embrace fathers for:
- avoiding lawn mower injuries in children (and in yourselves)
- immunizing your children
- changing diapers, not just offering to change diapers
- letting your daughters and your sons play with dolls if they so desire
- supporting moms who breastfeed
- bringing your children to their doctors even if you don't have all the details
- not smoking, or at least making the 1-800-QUIT-NOW call.
- being role models, most of the time
- catching us when we fall, and inspiring us to get back up again
Though my own father didn't survive to see me graduate college, begin medical school (see An Incurable Disease
), and choose pediatrics, and he was never able to celebrate father's day as a grandfather himself, even now so many years after his death I still think about him just about every day. And on Father's Day. Let's celebrate and thank our dads, for who they are, were, and could have been.
About the Expert
Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Children's National Health System. For the last decade she has also served as a primary care pediatrician at the Children's National Health Center at Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, in Washington, DC.