Father's Day is just a few days away. I have shared some simple tips to make this day memorable for the men in your life whether it is your dad, son, uncle or another man who has played a significant role.
Whenever there are "holidays" to honor certain people or relationships, there will be those around you feeling a sense of loss more acutely than on other days. Be attentive and look for ways to reach out and encourage friends who have never had a dad in their lives, lost a dad, or are not in a good relationship with their father. Your friendship and care will mean a lot to them today.
- Take a few minutes and journal (or make a quick note on your phone) of at least 10 ways in which your dad has been a blessing to you. Focus on the good and release and forgive the areas where he may have fallen short. Thankfulness begins in our hearts and then flows over to loving actions.
- Call your dad and share with him how much you love and appreciate him. The sound of your voice will be more special than a written greeting.
- If you are unable to phone your dad, email him and share your love and acknowledge the gift he has been to you.
- Write a meaningful affirmation. Check out the blogpost on 10 Tips for Writing a Meaningful Affirmation
- Help your children celebrate their dad by encouraging them to share their love and thanks.
- Print some photos of your children with their dad and attach them to paper or place in an album. Give your children the opportunity to journal their thoughts.
- Decorate a breakfast tray and deliver it to your husband in bed. Involve your children in the preparation.
- Print a special photo and frame it. (One hour print shops can solve the need for a last minute gift!)
- Set the table and serve Dad's favorite food. Check out our Heartistry Pinterest Board for lots of super easy and masculine Father's Day table settings. If you can't gather around the table on Father's Day, plan it for later in the week and give him a "formal" invitation to the dinner in his honor.
- Think about the men who have impacted your life through their mentorship, friendship, wisdom, example and care for you. Write them a thank you note and share it with them.
Happy Father's Day!
P.S. This is my second Father's Day since my dad passed away. I know I will feel sad and miss him even more than I do on other days, but I am deeply grateful for the love he showed to me, my sister and our families.
How do you celebrate Father's Day? Please share your ideas in the comments below.
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