Father’s Day has been celebrated for over 100 years. It’s also an event celebrated in many countries around the world, although at different times of the year. In the United States Father’s Day is traditionally a day of breakfast in bed and maybe golfing. We celebrate our fathers, our mates, grandfather’s, and other extended father figures. So what can you do to make this Father’s Day special?
- Spend time together. Enjoying each others company as a family in relative harmony seems simple. Quality time just watching the game, working on a house project, go to the racetrack, or have a barbecue. Find what it is you and your father bond with, and spend that time together.
- Do something important in the community. Volunteer at a homeless shelter. Help Habitat for Humanity build a house. Or, if the kids are older, do some work for a cause they support. If he’s a Vet, do something at your local chapter!
- Get creative. While a tie and tube socks have been the age-old, go-to gift for dads, your dad probably has enough of each. Instead, give him a gift that comes from you. Make it something that only you could give him.
- Take (don’t send) them to a concert. They get to pick the music and you resist the urge to complain about it.
- Make romance. Father’s Day is not just a day to celebrate Dad as provider and caregiver for the children. It’s a day to honor your partner as your lover and friend. Make him feel special by telling him how much he means to you, dressing up for him, treating him to a massage, and give him the day off.
- Focus on his hobbies. Instead of planning everything out for him, give him the gift of freedom and choice. Let him make decisions about what to do and how to spend the day. If he’s a sports fan, accompany him to see a favorite team play. Is fishing his passion? Go fish! Is he a movie fan, take him to the movies!
- Make it a family event. Father’s Day can be a great day for the whole family. Plan a family event, getting everyone in the family together for a fun day.
- Take care of dad’s duties for the day. Maybe your partner or dad takes care of the laundry, mows the lawn, or cooks the food, why not let him take the day off.