Here are a few practical suggestions for bringing your little ones along as you celebrate their favorite hero on Father’s Day:
1. The Portrait
What father doesn’t love (or maybe “get a kick out of”) a picture of himself drawn with tiny hands? These are memories in the making, so bust out the craft supplies and have your kids draw, paint, macramé or what-have-you to create a portrait of Dad. You can even include an “unveiling” to present the work of art on Father’s Day.
2. The Meal
At our house, each parent gets breakfast in bed on their special day, so we let our kids put bread in the toaster, stir the scrambled eggs, and arrange the flatware and napkins on the tray. They feel so special when they get to help with “big people stuff” and they are so proud to present a meal that they helped cook. Your meal may not be breakfast, but think ahead and plan a meal that tiny hands can help prepare.
3. The Song
Is there a special song you have taught your children? One passed down through family over generations? Then, now’s the time to break that puppy out. (Actually, any cute little song will do.) Rehearse it with your kids in the car, on the potty, before naptime, during lunch… And by the time Father’s Day is here, you will have a well-trained off-Broadway star ready to belt it out for Dad.
4. The Recitation
We memorize Scripture in our house and my husband is always so proud when our children can recite verses to him. Why not pick a special verse or passage just for Father’s Day? Your husband will be so surprised at how much your little ones can remember, and it will melt his heart to know that they have so much of God’s Word hidden down deep in theirs.
5. The Snuggles
More than anything, work hard to make time for Dad and kids to hang out together. Time to snuggle on the couch and laugh, read a book, play a game. If your children are out of the toddler stages, maybe consider something more ambitious – just make it all about kids spending face-to-face, heart-to-heart time with their Dad.
Years from now, you will be so happy about holding these memories in your heart. These are the simple, straightforward building blocks to creating a family bond. Set up moments for memory-making. Be intentional. Don’t let occasions slip by with a sleep-deprived nod. You are a strong woman and a great mom, and you create the atmosphere in your home where your family will flourish. Go forth, Mom, and rally your tiny troops to make much ado over Dad this year!