Sometimes dads are hard to read… They can be tough to get gifts for, tough to show appreciation for, and depending on the man, they can even be difficult to open up to.
Even for the friendliest, most open and loving dads, it can still be a challenge to find the right present – so instead of thinking in those typical terms this Father’s Day, instead focus on showing appreciation for the important role dads play in our lives!
Of course, every relationship is going to be a little different, but whether it’s your stoic father-in-law, your own warm and friendly dad, or the jokester father of your children, taking a moment to recognize their paternal accomplishments in clear, honest terms will make them feel truly appreciated!
Men (as a general assumption) like to know what they’re doing right – so let him know! It can be as simple as pulling him aside at some point during the day or inviting him to lunch at some quiet place. One of the best gifts you can give is a straightforward “thanks for doing what you do.”
Think about the largest impact that the fathers (and father-figures) in your life have had on the people around you (including yourself). What are some of most valuable lessons you’ve learned them? Can you think of a memory when your father protected you? Or when your husband did something particularly adorable with the kids?
Letting him know that you remember these special moments, as well as the impact they have on your life, will give him a confidence boost and remind him that he is loved and appreciated.
Dads can have a whole range of roles in a household, from disciplinarian to provider, caretaker to playmate. Because the role of fatherhood isn’t quite as clearly defined as motherhood, dads can be plenty of things to plenty of people – what matters most is the relationship you have with the dads in your life.
Find a way to show them how much you care this Father’s Day. Thank him for his hard work or sense of humor, his even temper or his delicious cooking. Whatever it is that makes him a special dad, let him know!
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Dr. Dana Fillmore and Amy Barnhart, co-Founders, StrongMarriageNow.com