Tip Tuesday: Putting Father First
Father, Dad, Papa, Daddy, Pops, Papi…there are so many names for that special man in many of our lives. No matter what you call him, Father’s Day is our chance to show him how important he is. It is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in our society.
So have you planned your Father’s Day celebration? It is always hard to think of a gift for men, but there are some favorites that can be very meaningful. Recently, I saw a story about a dad that wore a Father’s Day tie, that his child made for him in Kindergarten, to the son’s high school graduation. The dad was so proud! The gift doesn’t have to be expensive, but show love, thought and respect. Maybe the gift is the gift of your presence with him for a meal, sports event, talking, gathering of the family, listening to memories of his or your childhood, playing music, or building something together. A special card with heartfelt words is always loved. Sometimes a subscription to a special magazine or membership to a museum, etc. would be appreciated and then participate with your dad.
Who should be honored on Father’s Day? It would be appropriate to congratulate any father on this day, but here is a list to pay special attention to.
- Your dad
- Your stepdad
- Your Grandpas
- Your Godfather
- Your husband
- Your Father-in-law
- Your Grandpa-in-laws
Decide about the presents according to your relationship with every family member. Your dad and/or stepdad, (assuming you are close) should probably get the most substantial gifts and you should try to meet or call them on this special day.
As a mother, you will want to make sure that your children are prepared for Father’s Day and to show their love for dad. Even in an uncomfortable situation like divorce, you teach a valuable lesson by helping your children to honor their father. Just because you are no longer with their birth father doesn’t mean that your children do not get to show their dad how special he is to them.
There is a saying, “It is the thought that counts.” This is still true in gift giving and honoring your loved ones. Happy Father’s day to all the dads out there!