Week #143 – Father’s Day is June 18th! (Read this again before you buy another necktie or coffee mug!)
In early May, I gave you a heads-up that Mother’s Day was just around the corner. Well — June is underway, and I wanted to take another moment this year to repeat a little public service announcement to those of you who are celebrating Father’s Day this year:
But before you go out and buy another necktie or coffee mug or singing fish, take a moment to stop and think about what the man in your life really wants.
The other things!
Last year, I polled the guys:
What is that you REALLY want/wish for on Father’s Day?
I have to be honest, getting answers was like pulling teeth. While over 50 ladies responded within hours of my Mother’s Day question, I had to ask the guys three separate times — and then only received answers when another guy intervened on my behalf. (Why is that, guys?!)
Like the ladies, most guys don’t want something that can be bought in a store. Hell, most of them don’t even want to leave the house! A few brave ones even told me: “Nothing. To do nothing.” That doesn’t make for a sexy wish-list!
It took some arm-twisting — but a brave group of guys took me up on the question and told me what they REALLY want on Father’s Day. And it can be summed up in four words:
FOOD, FUN, FAMILY, and a FRIGGIN’ NAP!
FOOD: From morning until night — most dads responded with some sort of food request: breakfast on the deck, donuts, waffles, burgers on the grill, ice cream in the fridge, and beer in the cooler. Rather than buy your dad something at the mall, head to the local grocery store instead and pick him up the makings of a king-size breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, waffles, OJ, and coffee), a deli lunch (fresh bread, sandwich fixings, side salads, chips, cookies, and deli pickles), or a Grill-fest dinner (burgers and dogs, ribs and chicken, or steaks and potatoes). Make sure you back it up with his favorite dessert — you know, the one just for him (even if the kids don’t like it!).
FUN: Whether it’s a day at the park, a trip to the ballgame, an outing on the golf course, an inside day at the science museum, or the latest action movie — dads do want to have fun! (As long as they’re with the ones they love!)
FAMILY: In almost every category (except one, see below) — the dads I heard from all wanted to spend time with their families! Laugher, cuddles, and a few “I love you, dads” don’t hurt either!
THE NAP: Moms aren’t alone in their request for a little extra sleep! Napping was the number one response I received from dads, too! Extra sleep goes a LONG way! Make sure you get some on Father’s Day! 😉
Your Happyness Challenge for the week ahead: Father’s Day is June 18th! Do you know what the man in your life really wants? Use this list to jump start the conversation! Let HIM create the honey-do list for the day! Work out a list that includes things each member of the family can check off: food, family, fun, and that all important NAP! Just like Mother’s Day, the most important thing is to PLAN AHEAD! Don’t leave things to the last minute. And if it is a necktie or another coffee mug — wear it or drink from it in good health!
[A big THANK YOU to all the Dreamers & Builders who took the time to respond to my poll — and whose honest sharing made this post possible!]
Spread Happyness — PLAN AHEAD! And share YOUR Father’s Day ideas in the comments!
[This post originally appeared on Week #91.]
6/9/17 by Grace Church
© Grace Church