Father's Day isn't just for fathers. It's a celebration of family and the sacrifices we make on a daily basis to bring joy into the lives of those around us. Sure, it's also a time to be feted, put our feet up, and eat heartily. But it's also a time to remember our most basic and enduring goal — spending quality time with our closest loved ones.
This Father's Day I have a few things on my to-do list to connect with my wife and children and show them how much I appreciate the love they've given me. Below are a few ideas to make this Father's Day stand out.
1. We spend so much of our time cooped up inside and everyone usually has their eyes buried in a handheld device of some sort. On Father's Day, make it a goal to plan an event outdoors — have a picnic, ride bikes to the park, or go play a sport together. This will help to build memories as well as create family bonding time.
2. Speaking of handheld devices, make it a rule that for several hours on Father's Day there is a moratorium on cell phones, tablets, and e-readers. The most important people in your life are with you so there's no need to check your status on a social media network.
3. Another idea is to pack the camera or, if you're feeling adventurous, hire a photographer to take a family picture. You probably feel like your kids are growing up so fast — there's no better way to capture the frenzy of a fun-filled family outing like a memorable group photo.
4. Plan an activity that you've wanted to do but have been putting off. Want to take the family to the beach for an afternoon of sun and fun? Want to pack up the kids and camping gear for an overnight getaway? This is the perfect time to do it. Plus, it's Father's Day, so the kids have to be on their best behavior, right?
5. It might be fun to take a walk down memory lane and bust out some of your favorite family videos and pictures to reminisce. It's always worth a laugh or two and puts the focus of the day squarely where it belongs — on family.
6. To make this Father's Day special, make a meal together and eat in. Rather then spend a lot of money at a noisy restaurant, have each family member be responsible for a different part of the meal, plan it ahead of time, and sit down together for a long, leisurely dinner. Our lives are so hectic and dinner time is usually so chaotic that it will be nice to linger, laugh, talk, and share on Father's Day.
7. If you really want to impress your wife and children this Father's Day turn the tables on them. Write them each a note or a card telling them how much you love them and what they mean to you. It doesn't need to be sappy, just honest. Let's face it — this is the perfect time to remind them how cherished they are.