What do men want on Father's Day?
Not a big deal.
Men want to keep things simple. Maybe a mellow gathering or BBQ. But nothing elaborate.
Maybe to just relax or go to church.
Or go fishing.
Or take the family on a hike.
Most men don't want a lot of fuss.
Like my man, maybe they want to ponder and give thanks for God and nature. Or maybe they're happy with just a hug!
Since we're pinching our pennies in our home, and my Mother's Day request was for our family to get some outside chores done, I thought of some fantastic ideas for mothers to help our kids give to their dads.
They can be either NO-COST or LOW-COST gifts!
1. Have each one of your kids tell their father what they admire about him. You can do this around the dinner table. Using words is very meaningful.
2. Have your kids take their "words" and put them into an art project. Generate using their own writing or on the computer, buy a frame from the Dollar Store, or look around your house and find an unused frame lying around.
3. Give the gift of TIME. Ask how he would like to spend the day, and then ENJOY!
These ideas also teach our children that celebrations do not have to be about money!
What words did the Coughlin kids come up with, about their dad?
As each kid shared with me in detail, I just knew this gift would make their dad feel honored and respected! Without a doubt!!
Our sons are gone to Mexico this week, building houses, so they'll have to decide how to honor their Dad when they return.
My husband and I both agree that we've been blessed by very generous fathers.
Both of our fathers lost siblings, some earlier in life than they should have. And as I was visiting with my dad this very week, and talking about his brother and sister who are gone, I saw the longing in his eyes as he remembered back, and missed them.
(Paul's father on the left, my father on the right)
You're raised with these wonderful siblings, and then they're gone - just like that - taken out of this world.
I would feel a horrible loss without my sisters.
(Dad with me, the youngest, and my sisters)
Back to Father's Day. One of the greatest things that my husband has done in raising our children has been to encourage our kids to love and respect each other. To build their relationships now. Because one day when we are gone, that is all they will have. Each other!
So make this day simple. Take the opportunity to tell your children's father that you love him, and express what a good father he is to your children.
And encourage your kids to do the same!
Have you thought about inexpensive ways your children can bless their dad this weekend?