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12 Simple Ways to Show Dad You Love Him

Father’s Day is almost here, and while it’s the perfect opportunity to show dad how much you care, I’m more of a “celebrate the everyday” type of person.

Showing dad you love and appreciate him doesn’t have to mean an all-day trip to the mall where you stress over what to get the man who has everything. The most touching sentiments can be found in seizing a moment in your daily life together, in finding a simple way to say “you matter to me.”

So ditch the credit card and the fancy wrapping paper.  You won’t need a gift receipt to warm dad’s heart this Father’s Day. Here are 12 easy ways for you and your kids to let the man in your life know how much he means to you:


  • Ask him about his childhood 1 of 12
    Ask him about his childhood
    Nothing says "I care about you" more than showing interest in someone's life, past and present. Take the time to ask your dad about his childhood. Pull out a photo album and get the story on that goofy picture of him in high school. You may learn something you never knew — and he'll be glad you asked.
  • Ask him to help you fix something 2 of 12
    Ask him to help you fix something
    Dads are problem-solvers. Assembling, repairing, and making things as good as new are things they do best. Ask him to break out his toolbox, but don't walk away! Allow him to share his handyman knowledge. You'll learn something new, and he'll feel more needed than ever.
  • Forget store-bought and get crafty 3 of 12
    Forget store-bought and get crafty
    Sure, ties, tools, and gadgets make great gifts, but that family portrait you drew for him in crayon in preschool is still his favorite piece of artwork hanging in his office. Forego the department store and make your dad something creative and unique. Write a silly song, record a video message, make a painting. The most treasured presents don't come with gift receipts.
  • Challenge him to a game 4 of 12
    Challenge him to a game
    Turn off the television, put down the smartphone, and make the time for some good, old-fashioned play. Dust off that old basketball and challenge him to a game of horse, get out your mitts and play some catch, or match wits in a game of Scrabble. Stepping away from the screen is a sure way to let him know he has your full attention.
  • Greet him at the door 5 of 12
    Greet him at the door
    There's nothing better as a parent than being met at the door after a long day at work with a squeal of delight and a massive hug. Let him know you've missed him. It will be the highlight of his day.
  • Brag about him 6 of 12
    Brag about him
    Do you have the smartest, strongest, funniest dad there ever was? Tell someone. Tell everyone. Make sure dad is within earshot.
  • Make his favorite treat 7 of 12
    Make his favorite treat
    As the old saying goes, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Surprise him with his favorite food or, even better, spend a little time in the kitchen baking it together.
  • Go on a walk together 8 of 12
    Go on a walk together
    Is there any simpler joy in life than a quiet walk through the neighborhood? Invite your dad along. It's good for your heart in more ways than one.
  • Laugh at his jokes 9 of 12
    Laugh at his jokes
    Whether you're pulling his finger for the thousandth time or listening once again to that tired, old knock-knock joke, give him more than a courtesy chuckle. Laugh until your sides hurt.
  • Relinquish control of the remote 10 of 12
    Relinquish control of the remote
    Yes, he may permanently tune the television into ESPN or a documentary on airplanes that makes you weep from boredom, but he has endured a great deal of singing, dancing, animated mind-melt since you came along. Allowing him total tube control for the day will be much appreciated.
  • Ask him for advice 11 of 12
    Ask him for advice
    Your dad has a lifetime of experience. Asking him for help tackling a problem or making a big decision benefits you, but also lets him know you value his guidance.
  • Hide a note for him to find 12 of 12
    Hide a note for him to find
    Tuck a note in his coat pocket, his lunch box, or his briefcase. Finding it is guaranteed to make him smile and may just turn his whole day around.

 

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