His Best Father’s Day Ever!
By: Doug Mayberry
Q: As a loving wife and mother of three teenagers, I struggle every year to show my husband and lover how much he means to us on Father’s Day. I encourage our kids to make suggestions and to help make Dad’s day special. He has few avocations, plenty of ties and shirts, and he likes his watch. He is a loving, trusting and available father. He really does not want things and enjoys just being together as a family for his holiday.
Can you share any thoughts and ideas that you think would make this year special for him?
A: Father’s want respect and love most, not material things. They want to hear “Thanks” and “I Love you.” Often families do not get this done as frequently as they should because we are busy, busy, and forget how meaningful important this is. One family, when told by a family member that they love them, responds regularly with “I love you more!” It is a winner.
Ask each family member, including youself, to sit down and write Dad a love letter. Tell him he is the best dad ever and explain why. Remind him how important and needed he is and how much he has helped them with their schoolwork, learning to throw a baseball, driving, how to ride a bike and how doing so has meant so much to the family. Remind him how he is appreciated for the many times he has stepped up when others in the family were having a bad day.
Handing him the letters with a hug is not a bad idea either!
Loving families are allies, not enemies, but sometimes guiding children in the right direction can cause friction and frustration. Thank him for always being there for the family and for keeping everyone on the track to success and happiness.
They may be at that stage when they are beginning to understand that they also may become parents one day and can learn from the principles instilled by their own mom and dad. You can bet these letters will be winners, will be read frequently and stored for a lifetime.
Rarely do fathers receive these loving letters! Happy Father’s Day!