Save the ties and put away the socks. Resist the urge to buy me tennis balls and a new golf glove. Don’t bother with the fancy, new shaving kit.

I appreciate the thought, of course, but for Father’s Day there’s really only one thing I want.

Quality time with my family.

As a working Dad, there are never enough hours in the day to spend with my wife and kids. My “free” time is eaten up by a part-time job, chores, or accomplishing items on an endless to-do list. The amount of quality time I have with those I love the most always feels brief. Here's how to give me (and all other Dads) quality time — not just on Father's Day — but all year long.

1. Be Present

Even though we may be together as a family unit, we may not really be together. Know what I mean? Everyone has their own agendas and life distractions, and when you’re trying to spend time together – talking, listening, laughing, sharing, playing games, and enjoying one another’s company – it’s best to leave that agenda at the door. Put it on hold for a few hours. Being present in the moment is hard to accomplish and takes consistent effort, but our time together is so short as it is, that it’s important to make the effort.

2. Plan Ahead

Here’s a tip to anyone making plans for the Dad in your life: Think ahead about what you want to do and prepare. Don’t wait until the day before or day of to make a reservation at a popular restaurant. Don’t wait to organize a special outing. If you can, make arrangements a couple of weeks before so you leave little to chance.

3. Don’t Overdo It 

There’s no need to plan something lavish or monumental. A quiet evening at home with a home-cooked meal and a few board games will suffice. Looking at special family photos or videos sounds perfect. Heading out to a park or memorable spot for the family will produce the kind of good feelings everyone is seeking.

4. No Screens Allowed

This might go without saying, but limiting the amount of screen time will make the moment more intimate and memorable for all. Sure, you might need a smartphone for directions or to capture some candid photos. But other than that, take a social media sabbatical for a few hours.