Make it a Father’s Day dad will love.
Dads like to know that their family appreciates what they do, so take Father’s Day to tell dad how much he means to you. Instead of a mass produced card with a clever phrase, write him a heartfelt letter. Tell him how you learned to work hard from him, or tell him how he inspired you to keep going during difficult times. Explain that you now understand the sacrifices he made when you were younger or that you now know that he was in the right during that nasty fight the two of you had when you were a teenager. Let him know what he taught you, regardless of whether or not he sat down and gave you a lesson. Tell him how much he means to you and how much you love him. Then, give him the letter to read on Father’s Day.
Let him decide.
Fathers are often referred to as the “head of the household,” but how often does dad really get to decide how the day goes? This Father’s Day, do not plan what you or your family envisions as a perfect Father’s Day. Instead, let dad decide how he wants to spend his day. If he wants to go golfing, let him go golfing. If he wants to go work on the car, keep the kids from being underfoot in the garage. If what he really wants is to crash on the couch and watch TV, let him be the owner of the remote. Let dad be the boss on Father’s Day. Give dad the final say on dinner and let him choose how he spends his time that Sunday. Even if all he wants to do is laze around, let him. He can have this one day.
Give him the gift of being nag-free.
Set chores aside.
Choose the perfect gift.
Everyone always hopes that their gift is perfect, but most people fall a little bit short on minor gift-giving holidays like Father’s Day. The odds are that dad ends up receiving another shirt or coffee mug that he will only use occasionally. Some people manage to pick good gifts year after year, but many people end up getting things that are meaningless or simply not terribly useful. So, be sure to get dad what he really wants by thinking a bit more creatively. Dad might appreciate a pair of tickets to a baseball game or a promise to go see the new Star Wars movie with him in costume, regardless of how geeky it might look to your friends. Dad might also like getting a more unconventional gift like a set of “coupons” for things like doing chores without being asked, an extra nag-free day, a day where he does not have to do the dishes or a promise to not fight with siblings or various extended family members.
Play “remember when.”
Dads generally like to know that they have always been an important part of their family’s lives. So, on Father’s Day share some of your favorite memories with dad. Tell him you remember him teaching you to fish. Laugh about the time that he cheered like crazy when you made your first goal at the soccer game, even though you scored on your own team. Smile and tease him about the time he got you all hopelessly lost when he joined you for a college tour. Take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the best times. Find out what his favorite memories are as well. You may not remember much about the first time you drove yourself to school, but it may be a very important memory to him.
Father’s Day is meant to be all about fathers, but sometimes it ends up being about everyone else instead. Put the focus back on dad where it belongs, and help him have a day that is filled with what he really wants. Stop aiming for a picture perfect Father’s Day, and instead work to give him the best dad’s day possible. After all, he’s earned it.
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