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Let’s face it, Father’s Day can be harder to plan for than Mother’s Day. She loves flowers, chocolates, bows, ribbons, custom cards, basically anything pretty. Dads are often hard to read because they tend to show less emotion or drop fewer hints about the things they like. Forget the typical tie and off-the-rack Father’s Day card. Invest a little more energy this year and give Dad his dues.
Keep the following pointers in mind. You'll find Dad will become a little easier to understand.
- Dads like simple things and tend to avoid anything complicated.
- Dad's like peace over justice. So, if there’s a dispute with a sibling, bury the hatchet for at least his special day.
- Dads like to feel in charge, even when they’re not.
- Dads like to complete at least one thing during the course of the day.
Here are some ideas to help you celebrate Father's Day this year:
P.S. A ridiculous amount of pictures to post on social media and the digital photo frame in the living room isn't likely to win you any points.
Drop him dead in his tracks as he enters the kitchen and sees his favorite breakfast on display. Seat the man of the house in his familiar chair with a nice Father’s Day card and a previously personalized gift like a custom ceramic mug or water bottle.
Inside the card, place tickets for him and everyone present to attend the afternoon baseball game complete with a stadium cash card for food and souvenirs. Enjoy breakfast and share your most relished memories of Dad from when you and your siblings were growing up. Ask him for help with some small task before everyone heads out to the game.
Hint: Dads like to feel needed, too.
Before taking Dad to the game, drop by a local park along the way. Find a shady spot if possible to enjoy June's early summer sun and its warm breezes. Take a walk along some nice trail and converse with Dad as you would with a friend.
As the walk ends and everyone nears the car, pull out a picnic basket with his favorite simple foods. Nothing heavy here. After all, he’s heading to the game with the family and there is nothing like wolfing down a $7 hot dog and an $8 beer or soft drink at the ballpark. As you eat a few snacks in the park, present him with his personalized Father’s Day gift. It will really show you put some effort in honoring him this year.
The Afternoon Game
Yes, the lines can be long in the parking lot and while getting screened at the entry gates to the stadium. However, the smell of food wafting in the air, along with the announcer on the speakers telling the crowds what they’re in for that day, will make those lines a little more manageable.
When the ninth-inning over and regardless of who won, the day will be one etched in the minds and hearts of all involved.
Perhaps, a great way to end the day is by attending the evening service at your local house of worship. You may also collaborate with other members of your community and shop personalized Father's Day gift ideas for church members or key leaders of your brotherhood.
Showing appreciation to all the dads in your community of worship will undeniably bring you all closer together.