Father’s Day is coming up fast, so start planning now if you want to make your husband’s Father’s Day really special. If you have little kids at home, chances are they will probably need your help in getting gifts and making the day special. Even if you have older kids, they could still probably use your help in knowing how to make it a special Father’s Day!
What’s Your Role in Father’s Day?
As the spouse or partner of the dad to be honored, you may feel like Father’s Day is really a holiday for kids to celebrate their fathers. But of course, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate him for being a good parent to your children and for being your partner in raising your kids.
Of course, part of your role in Father’s Day is helping the kids coordinate and come up with ideas. Check out some of these guidelines to help kids at different ages celebrate their dad.
Babies and Toddlers
Really young kids are, of course, new to this whole Father’s Day thing, but your husband will probably love it if you give him a gift on their behalf. Especially if your husband is a new father, try to come up with some gifts that will show him how excited you are to share the job of parenting with him. Gift ideas might include:
- Parenting books specifically for dads or for both parents to share.
- Some stamps of the baby’s footprints or handprints on a nice piece of card stock. Write a nice message below telling him how excited you are to be a parent with him and frame it.
- Make a scrapbook or collage of your pregnancy or the early days of the baby’s life for him to keep or frame for the office.
- Give him a gift for the two of you to enjoy together. This could be something to keep the romance going, which can be especially important for new parents. Ask Grandma to babysit, make him a nice dinner, order etched bottles of wine with a Happy Father’s Day message, and just enjoy each other’s company.
Kids Ages 4-7
For young kids who by this point understand what Father’s Day is all about, but still need Mom’s help in getting stuff together, help them think about who they think their dad is and what they love about him:
- Set up some arts and crafts projects and ask the kids to make some DIY gifts about Dad, for Dad, or inspired by Dad. Frame some or bind them into a little book for him.
- Ask them what they think their dad would like for Father’s Day. Take them to the store and let them pick out some small items they think he will enjoy.
- Let them assist you in baking cookies or another sweet treat for him. They will love getting to help in the kitchen, even with small tasks. They will enjoy telling their dad that they baked him something even more!
- Ask them if there is anything they would like to do with him on Father’s Day. For example, if they want to play soccer with him on Father’s Day, go out and buy a new soccer ball and new soccer shoes for him and all the kids. Or have custom soccer jerseys made for the family!
Kids Ages 8-12
For older kids and tweens, they’re probably getting to the age where they want to take charge of a few more things and would like to come up with their own Father’s Day presents. Help them out by:
- Giving them a small budget that they can use to go buy their own Father’s Day gift. Remind them to get a card and to wrap the present.
- If they’re having trouble coming up with an idea for a gift, instead have them think about something their dad would like to do with them or something that would make him really happy. If Dad wants to see their math grades improve, for Father’s Day encourage your child to ask him for help with brushing up on the subject. Or if he has made it clear he’d love to teach your child something new, like how to play tennis or go fishing, encourage your child to make his day by going along with an activity like this.
Teenagers and Young Adults
Teens want to be independent and tend to get embarrassed by family activities and traditions, so make sure to remind your teenager that a holiday like Father’s Day is about honoring Dad. Remind your child of the times he helped out or made them feel better and help them come up with ideas to show him that he’s appreciated.
- Send them off on a Father/Child outing. Make reservations and arrangements for their outing to make it really special. Send them to do things they like to do together like seeing movies or playing baseball, but also send them to do something new like going to play laser tag.
- If your child is out of the house, remind them about Father’s Day in advance and encourage them to send a gift or card. For a really big surprise, have them plan a surprise visit for Father’s Day and help them make all of the arrangements for a trip.
- Cook a nice dinner for the whole family, preferably one that is his favorite, and have the older kids help you or have them set the table. He will enjoy seeing everyone work together all for him. Be sure to make a yummy dessert too!
Being Mom on Father’s Day
Of course, making Father’s Day really special is about making sure Dad feels appreciated by his kids and by you. As long as he feels loved and appreciated, you can’t go wrong with making it a memorable Father’s Day.