With Father’s Day fast approaching, the many bittersweet moments you and your dad have shared are at the forefront of your mind. He was your wall of support when you felt weak. He taught you what it meant to love another. He even gave you the courage to try again.
For all dad has done, you want to show your appreciation by expressing the love and admiration you feel for him. You see all he’s sacrificed, and you want him to know it hasn’t gone unnoticed. After all, the importance of a father shouldn’t be neglected or ignored.
Adoption Choices of Colorado knows that no gift or celebration will ever justify the selflessness of a father. But that doesn’t mean we can’t help you brainstorm a few ways to celebrate him this Father’s Day. He’ll appreciate the thought!
HISTORY OF FATHER’S DAY
First, let’s talk about how the tradition of Father’s Day began. The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm as Mother’s Day. During this time, the role of fathers was often considered secondary, for mothers were regarded as the sole nurturers of children.
Many people disapproved of Sonora Dodd when she first introduced the idea of Father’s Day. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials in seek of support for her idea. Eventually, she was successful! Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane, WA. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged other state governments to observe Father’s Day.
Thankfully, society now acknowledges that fathers are just as important as mothers. Children depend on their father for several aspects of life, including: spiritual, emotional, physical, financial, and social well-being. This cultural shift has strengthened father-child relationships, aided in the emotional development of children, and built stronger family bonds.
CELEBRATING FATHER’S DAY
Father’s Day has been celebrated for over 100 years, and each year’s celebration is special! If you need a little help coming up with the perfect plan, below are some great things to do with dad that can happen before or after you give him the perfect Father’s Day gift.
Plan a family outing. Father’s Day can be a great day for the whole family. Plan a family event, getting everyone in the family together for a fun day. Include all the dads in your family. Maybe you want to gather the uncles, brothers, grandpas, step-dads, and even father figures. Keep in mind your dad’s personality, though. Is your dad the type who enjoys big family gatherings? For some people, large gatherings are very tiring, and anything but relaxing.
Go camping. Whether you head to a campsite for the weekend, or decide to set up a tent in your own backyard, dad will love roasting marshmallows and telling scary stories around the fire.
Get your dad a card. A card goes a long way, and can sometimes mean more than a gift. If you’re buying your dad a Father’s Day card, make sure you don’t wait until the last minute, as it’ll be harder to find one that fits his personality. Make sure to personalize it!
Cook dad his favorite foods. It’s a day all about dad, right? If he wants pizza for breakfast, his wish is your command! It’s a small gesture, but one that goes a long way. Dad will be sure to notice how thoughtful you’re being.
Make the day joyful. One of the most important aspects of Father’s Day is that you are present and attentive. Gifts are great, but showing your love is the most important factor. Be sure to reassure your dad how proud you are of him and all he’s done for you. By simply having a good attitude, or giving dad a hug and telling him how much you love him, you can show him that he is appreciated.
Buy tickets to a live show. Let dad relive his rockstar days by heading to a concert. Even if it’s not a huge show, he’ll still appreciate the time you get to spend together, and you’ll get to watch him let loose!
You might have several things planned for your dad this Father’s Day, and he may go along with it all just to make you happy. With that said, be aware of his mood. It’s Dad’s Day, after all. If you notice that he seems tired or uninterested, ask him what he feels like doing. You don’t have to celebrate every minute of the day with him. Dad may want time alone to do his own thing, and that’s okay!
DAD’S DAY 2019
All dads, no matter their role, should be celebrated on Father’s Day. Whether your dad is an adoptive father, a grandfather, a birth father, a step-father, or a father figure – he is a hero! He plays an important role in your life and helped shape who you are today.
While there are a million ways to celebrate dad this year, Adoption Choices of Colorado knows his favorite way to enjoy the holiday is by spending it with you. Any sentiment, big or small, will go a long way.
Adoption Choices of Colorado
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About the Author
Patience Bramlett, a University of Southern Mississippi news editorial graduate, is a seasoned and award-winning freelance writer. She is also a passionate reader, whose only wish is to live life without fear of the unknown. Her motivation and inspiration to live her best life stems from the words of John Lennon:
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
This year, she’s joining Adoption Choices Inc. as an Editorial Intern. Fueled by her love of family, she hopes to educate those looking to grow their families through adoption.
When Patience is not exploring Colorado with her husband, she’s drinking coffee, forever figuring out how to tame her hair, growing her library, and trying to break into the publishing career.
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