Part One: Planning Activities
In my experience, Mother’s Day is so much easier to plan than Father’s Day (and I’m not just saying that because I am the Mom and I think it’s incredibly easy to figure out what I like). After all, what woman doesn’t appreciate a pretty bouquet of flowers, an assortment of gourmet chocolate, a spa appointment, or breakfast in bed? But when it comes to the men in our lives, it can be a lot trickier to plan that perfect day that says “I love you, you’re the best, but no, you can’t leave the house without us.”
So, how to plan the perfect Father’s Day? First of all, remember that Father’s Day isn’t all about the gift – it’s about the day. My husband works hard for his family, and he deserves a day that’s all about him. That means no obligations, no stress, and a whole lot of fun! While some Dads may want to spend the day away from their families, we say No Way! Let’s have fun together.
If you’re scratching your head over what to do, ask yourself what does Dad like to do? Cook, golf, play sports, watch sports, or go on adventures? Then ask yourself, is there a way the whole family can do this together? If he likes to golf, take the family to the driving range to hit some balls. If he likes to cook, plan a meal that takes all day to cook like ribs, paella, or homemade pasta. Everyone can help. If he likes adventures, take the family to see that cool new Museum exhibit.
This Father’s Day, we are going to try something new this year. We are going to break up the day so everyone plans their own special activity for Dad, and gets some fabulous one-on-one time with him. We are going to break the day up. I will cook Dad a great breakfast that we eat in our backyard gazebo while he reads the paper. (I’m going to make my kids play waiter and waitress.) My son will then pick an activity to do with Dad, like playing catch. My daughter will take him on a bike ride. And then at the end of the day Dad gets to choose what he wants (and if that activity happens to be a long nap, then get the man a pillow!)
Here are a few suggestions to get you started to plan the perfect Father’s Day: play catch for an hour, watch his favorite movie together, clean out his sock drawer for him, cook breakfast while he reads the paper, give him a back massage, or go to a minor league baseball game together. The possibilities are endless with a little thought and creativity.
We want to know how your family plans to spend Dad’s big day. Share your favorite Father’s Day activities with us, and stay tuned for some great Father’s Day gift ideas in Part Two.