Hang Out With Dad: For Father’s Day and Every Day

June 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

It’s almost Father’s Day and children (and adult children) all around the world are asking, “What does Dad need?” Sometimees caregiving can wear us out and we forget to celebrate, but celebrations are good for everyone–and most celebrations involve cake–and that’s always good! Nothing is better than simply hanging out.

He probably doesn’t “need” a thing. He needs you, your time, your undivided attention for just a few minutes. He needs to know you still respect him and that you still need him, his wisdom, his experience.

So what do you get dad for Father’s Day?

Think outside the box. What would make his life easier? What would he never allow himself, think is too wasteful, or just hasn’t thought of?

Mentally walk yourself through his day.

Is there something broken that needs fixing? Will the window on his car not roll down? Is the weather stripping worn off the doors and windows? Did a favorite power tool finally bite the dust? Does he drool over an info-mercial gadget? Why not spoil him with a non-essential just-for-fun item.

What about entertainment? Here Are Some Great Dad Ideas:

  • What about an iPod shuffle or a Kindle? Download some great historical books–military books, the one about John Adams, they’re all on iTunes and can be downloaded electronically.
  • What about a brain fitness or other ways to engage thought and response. Why not make learning easy and fun? Studies have proven the best way to keep Alzheimer’s and dementia at bay is to learn and stay active.
  • What about a class at the local rec or senior center? Many communities offer everything from Tai Chi and minor car repair to learn how to play Bridge or selling your antiques on E-bay. A class is an ongoing gift and it’s even something you can do together.
  • How about an outing? When is the last time you went to a natural history museum or an aviation museum? No matter where you live, there’s something in driving distance that gives the two of you a day together.

Being thoughtful isn’t about spending money–it’s about giving it some thought, really knowing your dad–and taking the time to find something that will engage him. For someone to care about you enough to think about your needs, your wants, and even a surprise you’d never thought of–well now, that’s a gift.

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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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