4 Ways to Spend Fathers Day with Your Dad

June 10, 2018

4 Ways to Spend Fathers Day with Your Dad

Father’s Day is officially a few weeks away and the only ones who probably know the date (June 17th) are spouses or guys who are writing blogs about it.  Let’s face it, this day is overshadowed by the all-important Mother’s Day, school getting out, and in all reality any day of the week.  And even though we all forget about it, when the day actually approaches many father’s (especially those with school age kids) start to think about what they would like to do on that day.

 

The Mr. Mom or Work from Home Dad

I have the pleasure of falling into this bucket and with that I think of spending Father’s Day one way….selfishly.  My wife hates the fact that I think this way, but my normal days are spent getting the kids ready for school, dropping them off, helping to keep the house in order, meeting the kids at the bus stop, playing with them in the backyard, doing homework, shuffling them to activities, etc., etc., etc.  I actually just got tired writing down what I do, so the thought of celebrating Father’s Day doing something like a picnic in the park or some other activity where I know my Dad duties will be on call all day makes me cringe.

I know there are a lot of father’s out there that want Father’s Day to be about spending time with their family and I’ll touch on them in a bit, but for now let’s focus on the Dad’s that are definitely not lacking in the family time area.  So here is my ideal Father’s Day.

 

6:30am – Wake up.  My kids are 6 and there isn’t a snooze button on them.

6:30am to 8am – Hang out with the family and have some type of breakfast that revolves around bacon.

9am to 1pm – Golf (and have a couple bloody marys utilizing my cool Face on a Flask)

1pm to 2pm – Lunch at the clubhouse

3pm to 5pm – Nap.  This is the part that I doubt would ever happen, but it’s my dream.

5pm to 8pm – Barbecue and hang out with the family outside.  I’d probably have a couple beers out of my Mug on a Mug.  You probably realize by now I love drinking out of things with my face on it.

 

The Weekend Warrior

I salute these father’s as I know it is tough to leave for work at 8am and get back at 7pm barely making it in time to kiss your kids good night.  The weekends for this group of fine men is devoted to their kids whether it is shuffling them to activities and rooting them on or stepping up and giving the mom’s a much needed break.  The thing about these dads is that they cherish the weekend time with their kids.  For Father’s Day, these dads don’t want a break from their kids they just want a bit of a change.  So instead of doing family activities that revolve around the kids, plan a family activity that revolves around Dad.  Love going to sporting events? Plan a family trip to the ball park.  Fishing, hiking, hunting, going to the beach….whatever floats your boat.  Grab your wife and kids and let them know that for Father’s Day you just want to spend the day with them trying one of your favorite activities….you deserve it!

 

The Not So Unselfish Dad

For those father’s out there that tend to regularly prioritize their personal time over family time after working 60+ hours, no judgement.  We recommend thought that you do the exact opposite of the weekend warrior and instead of picking a family activity that you want to do, flip the script and let your kids choose how they want to celebrate father’s day with you.  Make this day about showing your kids that even though you need quite a bit of decompression time you still love them.  If they want to go to an amusement park, play catch outside, or just hang out with you all day this is the time to put everything else aside and prioritize them.

 

The Empty Nester

For the empty nester nothing makes a better Father’s Day than spending time with their kids.  So if you are in the area try your best to have brunch, lunch, or dinner with Dad.  He will definitely appreciate the gesture.  And if you’re not in the area make sure you send a card and a gift and most importantly don’t forget to call!!!

 

No matter what type of Dad you are, make sure you make time to celebrate being father.  It is well deserved.





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