What Does Dad Want? Father’s Day Tips For Siblings

May 22, 2009 at 12:55 am Leave a comment

What does Dad want for Father’s Day?

Probably not a tie or a cake.

Dads come in all shapes and sizes, and caregiving a grown man who has raised you, supported you, and prides himself in taking care of others is a challenge. Dads come in all varieties: some dads are grumpy, some are procrastinators, and some are drill sergeants who have every intention of running your life like a military encampment. But we love them, each one, just as they are.

Our dads inspire us. They are a source of strength and even as they age and when disease comes into play, we see our dads as we did when we were children. But sometimes our dads really do need us, and figuring out what it is that they do want and need takes some thought.

Father’s Day Tips for Dad:

  • Keep your Father’s Day celebration short and sweet–most dad’s get choked up with emotions, so be thoughtful about how much (or how little) he might choose to express.
  • Think about what your dad would want–or need: we tend to give gifts from our point of view–but try to think about his from his point of view.
  • How about a dad outing? Go fishing, bird watching, to a car show…gotta think like a guy to make a guy happy.
  • Check his “supplies.” Some men don’t think about replacing socks,  underwear, wallets and belts. Father’s Day is a good time to get dad stocked up on the necessities–and he’ll appreciate this kind of thoughtfulness.
  • Get a few of his old buddies together. Work buddies, army buddies, Shriner buddies…arrange a gathering and then get out of the way and give them some “guy time.”
  • Don’t forget your camera. This is for you more than him. Remembering our dads is too important to miss.
  • Does your dad have Alzheimer’s or is he just plain forgetful? Take this special day to tell him your favorite daddy-daughter/daddy-son story. There’s no better gift than helping him remember.

Enjoy Father’s Day by remembering what makes dad unique.

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Hi, I'm Carol O'Dell. This blog will include stories and lessons I've learned while caring for my mom, and now as I speak to caregivers around the country. I hope to offer suggestions, ideas and insights that will help others.

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