1) Make Dad breakfast in bed. You may not have all the ingredients for his favorite waffles, but a bowl of cereal, a glass of juice, a cup of joe and a bowl of fruit in fancy dishes can make him feel special. Leaving him alone to eat and (maybe) watch T.V in peace will be a memorable gift.
2) Take a Dad-honoring trip to the grocery store. If your husband rarely indulges his junk or processed food cravings, let this special day be an excuse to throw caution to the wind and enjoy some long lost favorites (like Twinkies, frozen pizza and tater tots). Let him make a list, hand him the remote and head off for the store. Upon your return, have yourself a Father’s Day lunch with all of Dad’s favorites.
3) Give Dad a “free pass”. Somehow Father’s Day has morphed into Kid’s Day. Look at your local paper for fun Father’s Day events. They all tend to revolved around kids. Instead of jamming his day full of activities, this year, take everything away. After all, Dad works hard. A day with nothing on the calendar may be just what he needs. Plus, you have the added benefit of teaching your kids that the world does not revolve around them.
4) Make a play date. Call up Dad’s best friend and arrange a meet-up location. Let them have an afternoon to themselves to do whatever they please.
5) Let us count the ways. Have your kids make a list of all the things they like about Dad. At some point during the day, have them read the list aloud to him. Moms can participate too. Make a list of all the things you appreciate about your husband and all the ways your life would be different without him.
6) Make a honey-don’t list. Are there some things that Dad needs to do but can’t find the time? Surprise him with a note that says “Help is on the way.” On Monday morning, call up your local handyman and make an appointment to knock a few things off the list.
7) Indulge him. Does Dad like baseball? Bike riding? Tennis? Fishing? Whatever he fancies, do it on Father’s Day as a family. Showing interest in what Dad likes best shows interest in him.
8 ) Make it a date. Does Dad really want some time alone with you? Get grandma and grandpa to babysit (buy a ice cream cake for Grandpa) and have a night on the town together.
9) Send him to the movies. Is there a new movie that Dad is dying to see, but you can’t stomach? Give him the go-ahead to take in an afternoon matinee in the cool of a theater with a big bowl of popcorn and some gummy bears.
10) Get the lead out. Rent a sports car or convertible for the day and let Dad enjoy some fantasy time.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!