There’s more to celebrate about Father’s Day now than ever. Research finds that dads are spending more time with their kids today, than they did at any other time, hooray! Chances are good that you know one of those great dads yourself.
When you and your partner became a family, you possibly fell in love with him all over again, watching him as the father of your little ones too. Seeing the vulnerability and care your husband shows to your kids can fill you with admiration and joy.
Each father demonstrates the love he has for his family in different ways. Maybe he cooks breakfast, and gets the kids ready for school. Maybe he puts in extra hours at work (sigh*) to finance a special family trip.
Regardless of how your partner shows his love for you and for your kids, Father’s Day is a great time to celebrate him in your lives.
Are you struggling to plan the perfect Father’s Day for him? Here are a few tips to get the ball rolling.
1. No pressure
If you’re aiming for a perfect Father’s Day, you can let yourself off the hook and still give him something he—and you!—could really use: a day free of chores and agendas. By now, you probably both know that one of the most elusive things to find as a parent is a little bit of relaxation.
Wake up and spend the morning—usually the family rush hour—together as a family. Tell your favorite stories about dad. There’s a lot of social pressure these days to be the perfect parent; take the pressure off by letting your partner know he’s already doing a wonderful job.
2. Family time
Your partner probably does a lot as a caregiver, whether it’s working around the house, putting in long hours at the office, or maybe picking up groceries for the week. When he’s so busy caring for others, what he needs for Father’s Day might not have a price tag at all: time together as a family.
It can be easy to get so sidetracked with plans you’ve made for a great Father’s Day that you miss out on time together. Take a family-sized blanket to one of Oakland’s favorite parks, or go for a walk. Even sharing stories after a simple dinner can be a recipe for an unforgettable Father’s Day.
Show your partner how much he means to you by honoring parenthood as a journey you’re on together. You can romance your husband in a lot of different ways—adore him, “show, don’t tell.” Remember men are less verbal than women.
4. Give attention
When it comes to Father’s Day, it’s tempting to plan everything out ahead of time. After all, you want this day to be special. What might make him even happier is being able to choose how he most wants to spend the day. Share what he loves with him, find out what he’s excited about.
5. Pile on the praise
Between juggling work, your kids’ school and sports, and different social responsibilities (whew!*), you might not always find the time to let your partner know how much respect you have for him as a father. Make Father’s Day a special time of showing appreciation. You can make a short family video or hang up a banner with the kids. Tell him what you most love about being parents together.