UNITED STATES—Mother’s Day was in May, and June celebrates Father’s Day. I think Father’s Day is a day that is not as highly celebrated as it should be. Yes, moms absolutely matter, but guess what America: dads should be honored too. It seems we place way more emphasis on Mother’s Day then we do for Father’s Day and I have never understood it. Is it because moms go above and beyond when it comes to parenting?

Some can argue yes. They tend to be superheroes; they do things that many men are not capable of doing. I mean they work full-time jobs, they take the kids to school, they attend extracurricular activities, they cook dinner, they clean the house, the list goes on and on. However, guess what: there are dads who do the same things.

I have personally seen with my own eyes dads who do everything I just listed above and so much more. You cannot discredit the role of dads when it comes to parenting. It is no secret that having both a mother and father in the household has an impact on a child’s upbringing. This is not to say that those single mothers or single fathers who have done it alone are doing bad jobs, it is to highlight having both in the home does indeed matter.

Back to the issue regarding Father’s Day, and the notion of gift giving. We already know double if not triple the amount of money is spent on moms versus dads. Not sure why that is, but it just happens. The restaurants are way busier on Mother’s Day versus Father’s Day. Again, I could not explain to you why because my dad just this year asked why we never take him out for Father’s Day and I had a simple response: “You never asked.” If you don’t say it how am I supposed to know. I’m not a mind reader.

I sense moms hint that they want to do certain things on Mother’s Day, whereas dads seem to focus more on just having the day to themselves. They don’t want to be bothered, disturbed or to do have to do anything. They want to have that entire day solely to themselves without having to run an errand or deal with kids in general. I will admit you tend to see WAY BETTER SALES for Father’s Day than Mother’s Day. These are not just items for dads, but everything. I mean clothing, jewelry, food, furniture, décor, the list goes on and on.

I mean you can purchase dad a watch, some clothing, shoes, fragrances, golf equipment, the opportunities are endless. I mean my dad never complains much about things and he’s perhaps the easiest person to purchase a gift for. Man, I totally forgot to add electronics to that list because that matters too, and most dads love a great gadget.

I guess what I’m saying is take a moment and show dad the same level of love that you show mom on Mother’s Day. Why? Sometimes dads need to feel they are valued, loved and cared about just as much as anyone else. You might think it doesn’t matter, but I can assure you it does.

Written By Zoe Mitchell