Your dad doesn’t need another tie or tool for Father’s Day. If he does, you can get those for him anytime. There are things much more precious you can give to your dad, and they cost nothing. They are gifts from the heart. Here’s what Dad really wants from you for Father’s Day.
Spend time with your dad
The biggest thing parents want is to spend time with their kids. It doesn’t matter how old you are. Your parents still enjoy seeing you.
If you live in the same area, take Dad out to lunch, play cards, golf, fish, or just sit and talk with him. Do an activity he enjoys to celebrate Father’s Day. Ask him to tell you stories about his life growing up. If Dad’s older, take care of a chore around the house for him.
If you live far away, call him. Actually call on the phone. Face Time or Skype with him if that’s available. Even if it’s a brief conversation, he’ll appreciate it.
Dad wants to know he did something right raising you. Write Dad a note telling him what you appreciate about him. The simplest things will have tremendous emotional meaning. Maybe he taught you how to tie your shoelaces, how to ride a bike, or how to do your banking. Did he teach you bigger life lessons about integrity or hard work or how to be a good husband or father? He’d love to hear that from you on Father’s Day.
Share your similarities
Think about your own positive personal characteristics you got from your dad. Steve has so many of the characteristics of his father and grandfather. Kindness and a wry sense of humor have been handed down from generation to generation in his family.
I’ve come to see that I got the best of my dad in myself. He could talk to anyone and genuinely enjoyed meeting new people. He’d get into long conversations with people waiting in the ski lift line! From my dad I got a strong work ethic. When he was still alive, I told him the ways I had become like him. He teared up when I had that conversation.
Whether you tell your dad about your similarities or keep them to yourself on Father’s Day, becoming aware of how you’re alike is a powerful experience. If you’re a dad yourself, think about what you want to pass on to your own kids.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!