Mothers and fathers both have their own important roles in a child’s life and development. As both parents have such different qualities and characteristics, it is the mix of the two that completes parenthood. But for this week’s blog, with Father’s Day approaching, we would like to honor all the dads and recognize the important role they play in their families lives.
Many years of research have proven that the more involved parents are, the more successful his children will be. A father’s influence can impact a child’s social experiences, academic success, and future achievements. Studies show that if a child’s father is affectionate, supportive, and involved, he can contribute greatly to a child’s cognitive, language, and social development, as well as influencing the development of a strong inner core, positive self-esteem, and authenticity. Fathers are just as essential to healthy child development as mothers. Just like mothers, fathers communicate, play, and discipline their children while also instilling confidence and self-esteem as their children prepare for adult life.
Although we should appreciate the fathers in our lives every day, celebrating Father’s Day is a great way to go above and beyond to recognize dads for being present and for taking an active role in their child’s development.
Here are a few Father’s Day traditions you can start this year:
Create special homemade gifts – We love the idea of creating special homemade gifts for dad. Not only are there endless ideas you can come up with, most of the time the creation your child comes up with is adorable or hilarious and make a great keepsake to look back on years later. One gift idea that can be very special for dads would be to decorate ties. You can use old ties he no longer uses, buy inexpensive ties, or simply cut out ties with construction paper. Let you children decorate them and create a special gift that will illustrate all the things they love about dad!
Go on an adventure – Each year, plan a fun trip that will be fun for everyone, but that is more geared toward dad, his passions and things he loves to do and maybe can’t do as often as he’d like. Go on a hike as a family, visit a museum, or catch a sporting event. Think about what hobbies he enjoys outside of his every day responsibilities and enjoy the activity as a family!
Enjoy a meal together – Check to see if his favorite restaurant hosts a special Father’s Day brunch and make reservations for the family! Does he prefer to stay in and enjoy time together? Bring brunch or dinner to dad! Invite the family over to celebrate all the fathers together or keep it more intimate with just your immediate family. Sometimes a homemade meal that was created with love is better than any dish you may have at a restaurant – especially when it gets the whole family involved. Give your children age appropriate tasks, and create a special meal for dad together.
“Me Time” – Parents love spending time with their families but every now and then it’s nice to enjoy some alone time. Celebrate Father’s Day together as a family with a fun activity but maybe think about giving the gift of “me time” to dad as well! Think of an activity that he would enjoy doing alone or with friends or family he isn’t able to see often and send him off for the day or weekend to enjoy. This could be something as simple as enjoying a relaxing round of golf or heading off to his favorite sporting event!
Happy Father’s Day to all the great fathers out there! We hope you have a special day!