Make Father's Day Special

MenCaregiverspic-300x207.jpgAging parents always deserve special attention, especially on those holidays meant to honor them. Father’s Day is right around the corner, children (and grandchildren) should think about things they can do to make Dad feel a little special this year.

It’s not the cost that counts

Many aging parents find themselves the recipients of fancy gifts on Father’s Day or Mother’s Day, and certainly a heartfelt gift is always welcome. However, most fathers would agree that the cost of a gift doesn’t matter; it really is the thought that counts.

Many children may want to consider giving the gift of themselves this year for Father’s Day. What would make Dad feel more special and loved than simply spending time with the people whom he helped raise?

Here are a few ideas that can help make Father’s Day memorable this year.

  • Revisit favorite activities. For fathers for whom mobility is not an issue, paying a visit to some old haunts can be rewarding. Taking Dad to his favorite fishing spot, playing a few rounds at the old miniature golf course, or spending an afternoon driving through his old neighborhood are just a few possibilities to explore.

  • Get out the scrapbooks (or their digital equivalents). Especially for aging parents for whom mobility can be difficult, looking through old photographs with a child can bring back many memories and jumpstart conversations about fun times from the past they may not have thought about for many years.

  • Make a card. Store bought cards are great and fathers proudly display them in an appropriate place of honor. However, a homemade card can be even better. You don't need to be artistically inclined; that's part of the charm of a do-it-yourself card. Try making the card specific to your own father, perhaps by focusing on something like "Top 10 Things that Make Dad Unique" or "Things I've Learned from My Father," for extra effect.

  • Simply talk. Most fathers want little more than to be able to have long conversations with their children. Chat about that unforgettable vacation in Florida, perhaps, or the time it rained every day you went camping, or the funny clothes that Aunt May always wore.

Aging parents have played a large role in their children's lives. This June 21, 2015, let Dad know just what a great guy he is.​

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