Does dad get slighted on Father's Day? New survey says 'yes'!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BRYN MAWR, PA (WABC) -- Just in time for Father's Day, a new survey reveals we should show Dad more love on his big day this year! The survey shows more than half of adult children (52%) sometimes feel they take their dads for granted! Why? Because families expect so much from Dad (be the breadwinner, romantic husband, caretaker for children, athletic supporter, handy man), dads aren't as vocal about their needs and accomplishments, and moms seem to get all the attention!

And, nearly half of those surveyed (44%) say they have felt dads get slighted on Father's Day partly because they don't expect as much as moms on their special day, so they can get overlooked.

The national survey of 300 men and women was commissioned by Visiting Angels, one of our nation's largest in-home senior care companies with more than 500 offices throughout the country.

Americans spend half as much on gifts for Father's Day than they do on Mother's Day, according to the National Retail Federation. And, the adult children surveyed agree that it can be hard to find a good gift for Dad! So, the survey asked dads what they REALLY want for Father's Day...only 10% say they want a tie - and only 13% say they want those "World's Greatest Dads" gifts!

The top three gifts dads say they really want are: 1.) quality time with the kids and family 2.) Gift cards 3.) Retreat to the man cave and/or a card. Even though Father's Day ranks six on the list of top spending-holidays in America (behind Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and Easter), this new survey reveals adult children will be giving Dad gifts he wants after all. The top three gifts adult children plan to give Dad this year are: 1.) a card 2.) Quality time with the kids and family 3.) Gift cards.

Turns out, three out of four (76%) adult children plan to visit dear ol' dad on his special day. "It's no surprise the survey reveals adult children adore their dads and want to visit them in-person on Father's Day because they don't get as much time with their aging parents as they would like," said Larry Meigs, CEO of Visiting Angels. "On Father's Day and every day, our caregivers go into seniors' homes to provide companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation and transportation. When you can't be there for Dad, we're here to help."

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