With Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking of ways you can make dad feel special on this day. The beauty of Father’s Day is that anyone can reach out and make this day special for all the dads they know, not just their own. Being a "dad" is such a title... So we’ve put together a few ideas for ways that you can honor a friend, brother, or any other male relative who is a dad.
Dads with Small Kids
Daddy is the coolest guy in the world, next to Grandpa! He reads us fascinating bedtime stories, makes the best jokes, and knows that pizza really is a health food - pizza sauce is made from tomatoes, and tomatoes are a vegetable, therefore pizza = healthy food choice.
For dads with small children Father’s Day is as fun as it is funny. Little ones love to make special pictures, clay hearts and cards for their daddies, who are the best and coolest guys in the world. Help them put together their creations so dad can get another memento to place with pride on his office desk.
Make it Happen: Memorialize the creativity of Dad's little one into a coffee table book with a company like Plum Print.
Dads with Teenagers
Teenagers can truly test dad’s patience. Sure, they love dad but it is so much more fun to test those boundaries and see how far they can go. Although dads understand that this is just a teenage thing, it does not make it any easier. This is that one day in the year to put all that aside and spend some time together.
Maybe the teenager you know needs some help coming up with ideas? Helping with chores such as mowing the lawn, washing and waxing the car, and working together on painting the den or the fence is a great way for teenagers to show dad that they care.
Make it Happen: If it's a gift you can't buy, make vouchers Dad can redeem for things like chores and quality time with these free printable templates.
Empty Nester Dads
So the kids are finally grown and gone, and Dad is on his own, with just Mom and some friends. For most Dads, this really is an ideal situation - they love their kids, but they take great pride in seeing their kids living independently and fending for themselves.
If Dad is an empty nester, offer to take him out to lunch or dinner. Taking in a round of golf or going fishing might be fun, and you might even want to take in a baseball game. Empty nester dads appreciate thoughtful gifts and cards, but most of all, they love spending time with surrounded by people they love.
Make it Happen: Check out a list of activities you can do here.
Dads Who are No Longer With Us
Father’s Day is meant to honor all fathers, whether they are still here with us or not. Some may choose to visit their dad’s grave site, while others may choose to attend a special ceremony for fathers who have passed on.
Younger kids may need help with honoring this day. Did Dad take the family out camping every summer? Younger kids would love to spend Father’s Day camping and relive happy memories of earlier campouts with Dad.
Organizing a backyard barbeque just the way Dad did is another great way to bring back those memories for little ones.
Make it Happen: Here are some ideas to execute the perfect backyard BBQ on a budget!
Seniors appreciate gift cards to their favorite places, but nothing says “I love you” more than spending time with them, and senior dads are no exception. If a senior dad lives in a retirement community, it's easy to join in on the Father's Day festivities! These types of communities host celebrations for many holidays, Father's Day included! You can expect a day filled with fun events that are free and family-friendly. Father's Day in a retirement community is a day with plenty of grilling, music, and quality time with family and friends of ALL ages.
Make it Happen: Vantage Point operates communities in the Mid-Atlantic Region, you can find a listing of all communities here.
Every dad deserves to have a great Father’s Day, filled with fun, food, family, and great memories. A little time spent planning something special will ensure that Dad has the most memorable day ever!
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