Wednesday, 25 May 2016

What's Important on Father's Day

Father and Son at a Wedding Father's Day is fast approaching and there have been many suggestions in the media about what gifts would suit certain types of fathers on this happy occasion. SHEilds asked me what tips did I have for the perfect Father's Day. That's actually really easy for me to answer, and it follows on from a post I wrote about The Importance of Time last year. It really doesn't matter how much money you spend, it's all about the time you put into it that makes the difference. An expensive gift delivered by courier is nothing compared to a surprise visit in person. Equally, nothing beats a handmade card.

Father and son on the beach with ice creamsMy children still make my cards every year. It's a tradition that has stood the test of time and I always look forward to their creations. It means the world to me that they put so much time and effort into making them and money just can't buy that. If I had to think of one tip for creating the perfect Father's Day it would be don't focus too much on the cost. Even on a low budget, it can be easy, and fun, to have a memorable day. In many ways, having less money to spend means you have to be more creative, which is much more fun than just paying for something. Make sure the children are as involved as possible in the preparations. Younger children can help make cakes and think up some games to play, older ones could take on some of the more advanced catering (or perhaps put things on sticks if they aren't keen on cooking!) and maybe sort out an appropriate play list of songs. Getting everyone involved provides even more opportunities to make memories and makes the day seem more special. As Father's Day falls during late spring/ early summer, the chance of good weather is pretty good, even here in the UK, so a picnic or barbecue is an ideal way to spend it. Taking a few sandwiches to the seaside is our favourite day out, or making the most of the British countryside is another option. You could even get the generations together and celebrate with grandparents too. It's a great opportunity to teach children the importance of family and catch up with relatives who may have been accidentally neglected as our busy lives take over! However you decide to spend it, I'd like to wish all the other dads, and grandads a lovely day.

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