Fathers often don’t get the praise that they deserve. They say a good man is hard to find, but a good dad is even more challenging. Mothers often get praise heaped on them for raising strong, smart kids. But, dad’s are often overlooked. It’s time to create a dad appreciation society!
While many of us often buy gifts on father’s day and show him that we care, we shouldn’t stick to one day a year to make it about them.
Dads are often downplayed in the family dynamic. It’s time to appreciate fathers in all forms. Let’s take a look at some ways that you can show dad that you care.
Spending time together and making memories
It’s time to rally the troops and get the kids out in the open air. Yes, drag them away from their devices and make some memories. Quality time together can be tough but make a date once a month to get out as a family. What does dad like doing that he can pass on his love of to the kids? Is it fishing or bird watching? If so, make a date to do that. Moms, it may be time to back off – let the kids have a date with their dads every month so that they can bond and show that they care. While it’s easy for moms to pick up all the jobs, making time to daddy/daughter or son dates is imperative to strengthening their bond. Although getting moody teenagers on board may prove to be a little more hard work!
Getting dad involved in the daily routines
Moms know the daily routine and schedule inside out, and often the children will come running to mom when they need something. Getting dad involved in the daily grind may seem a little counterproductive, it’s imperative that fathers are involved so that the kids go to them too. Plus, it eases your load too.
Making time to pass on life lessons
Hands up if your dad or grandfather was a mine of information? I know mine are! Get dad to write down all his life experiences into a handy blog or diary. If you have ever seen Modern Family, you will know that Phil passes on lessons to Alex when she leaves for college. When she misses him, she pulls out his book of life lessons. Of course, you don’t need to go to lots of trouble creating a tome of quotes and handy tips. But, if you can spend some time with the children writing down dad’s life lessons to then pass on to him so he can add more, well, he’s sure to love that people pay attention to his musings. From the philosophical to the comical, you’re sure to have the family in stitches with dad’s anecdotes to life.
Give the gift of love
Many of us fail to recognize our dad for the hardworking ball of awesome that he is. And, as we’ve said in previous posts, there is no reason why gifts should be given at certain times of the year. There are some cool gifts for men that you don’t have to hold on to until father’s day. Treat him now. Appreciating dad all year round starts now, not just for the usual gift-bearing holidays. Think about dad’s hobbies and passions, or any new neat things he’d like to experience. Not only will you give dad a break, but he’ll also know much he means to the family. You can’t put a price on that.
Dig up the past (in a good way!)
It’s time to ignore the adage ‘leave the past behind’! Why not grab some photos of dad with the children and put them in a unique frame? Or, better still get the kids to draw a picture of dad as to how they see him. Perhaps dad as a superhero, for example? If your family is getting older and your little ones aren’t quite so little, maybe it’s time to dig out the memory box and see what pieces of kiddie artwork you can dig out and frame for dad. He’ll love the memories that it invokes, and it’s a perfect way to remember your family life fondly. It’s true what they say; time flies when you’re having fun (some adages are just too perfect to ignore).
Dads are the unsung heroes of our family. Let’s celebrate fatherhood in a more meaningful way than just a holiday date on the calendar. We’d love to hear about your ‘celebrating dad’ successes.