Father’s Day is just over a fortnight away, and with time being what it is lately (flying by!) I thought I would start planning early. For our little family, it’s just an extra special day to spend time together. And it also reminds me to be thankful for Jamie and what a great dad he is. OK, gushy time is over now – back to some practical tips!
I truly believe that Father’s Day is one of those times when your gift doesn’t have to be expensive. It really is about the amount of thought and care you put into it. The payoff is the chance to cement that father/child relationship for the future. For me, Father’s Day is all about consciously creating those memories. With that in mind, here are some things that we do to make Father’s Day special (in addition to the usual randomly prepared breakfast and obligatory socks and undies!)
1 – Make him cry – The quickest way to Jamie’s heart isn’t through his stomach – it’s through his son. Most parents I know are absolute suckers for their kids. For Father’s Day, it’s my job to encourage, motivate and help craft some words that will melt Jamie’s heart. If you’re like me, you need to be mindful of that urge to take over. I just ask questions and start a discussion with Hendrix and he takes it from there. We make a big deal of the card, and as a result Jamie’s sock drawer is full of special ‘treasured’ cards.
2 – Make him laugh – For the past few years we have had a ‘theme’ which is really just a funny joke or impression centred around Jamie. For instance, Hendrix does a funny voice and impression of something Jamie says – imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as the saying goes! We take lots of silly photos and videos and we keep the joke running for days and sometimes even months afterwards. It’s all fodder to use for family occasions in the future (I’m thinking 21st Birthdays!).
3 – Make him forget – The best way for parents to share real quality time with their family is to remove them from all the other distractions and pressures that are going on in their day to day lives. What’s the easiest way to do that? – Get away from the day to day environment. Yes, you guessed it – plan a holiday! Visit one of your WorldMark Resorts, or go for a drive to somewhere you’ve never been before. After the morning’s festivities, it’s easy to forget that it’s a special day for dad, and out of habit give him a couple of Sunday handyman jobs to do (and I say this from experience!). This simply can’t happen if you’re not at home!
I hope this helps give you some ideas to make your family Father’s Day special, or at the very least serves as a reasonably early reminder to get planning that special day! Do you have any special Father’s Day rituals?