Men. We know them, we love them, but a lot of the time we definitely don’t understand them. There have been countless times that I have thought the men in my life were absolutely from a different planet. Like when I watched my husband put ziploc bags on my daughter’s feet because she wanted to go outside and he couldn’t find shoes. Seriously, that happened…here’s proof:
So when Luvs asked me to celebrate a special dad in my life I initially had NO clue what to get.
The way dads go about doing things may be
questionable, ridiculous, unique. But, when it comes to parenting. both dads and moms have the same goal: to keep their kids safe, happy and loved. Men may be from Mars and women may be from Venus, but we’re all out there in this crazy galaxy of parenting together.
Once I realized that. it wasn’t hard to figure out what dads want because it’s pretty much exactly the same as what moms would want.
Time With the Kids: There is no better way to celebrate being a father than spending some quality time with the kids. “Quality” being the operative word in the sentence. He’s been there through the sleepless nights when the baby was teething, the meltdowns in the middle of the grocery store and when the three year old wanted to “perform” her “special dance” for the 67th time. Dads are there through it all, the good, bad and the ugly, on Father’s Day let’s give Dad a break and limit the bad and ugly times. Whether it’s planning a picnic in the park, going to a sporting event or checking out a fun amusement park, make sure dad has some designated FUN time to enjoy his kids.
Time WithOUT the Kids: As a mom I know many things. I know that kids are amazing. I know that kids are a blessing. I know that kids can be utterly annoying and no one needs a break from them once in awhile more than their parents. So while Father’s Day is a holiday to celebrate the father/child relationship, make sure to schedule some time that dad can get a breather and have some time for himself.
Some Sleep: Dads may not stay up worrying about “room mom” drama and what brand apple sauce just got recalled but that doesn’t mean they are not just as tired as moms. Being a dad is exhausting. Demand that the dad in your life sleep in, take a nap or even let him go to sleep super early because no one knows more than a parent that the gift of sleep is more valuable than gold.
TV Time: I don’t know about you but my DVR list is broken down like this: 75% Nick Jr. /Disney Jr/ PBS shows, 20% Reality TV, 3% Something I recorded that makes me feel smart and 2% “Dad” shows. Now, I’m no math whiz, but i’m pretty sure that those numbers prove that dad gets the short end of the stick when it comes to binge watching. So in honor of Father’s Day make sure you surrender the remote and let the dad in your life veg out and get as much Sports Center/ Fishing Channel/Nascar as his little heart desires.
Pampering: Men may not always like to admit it, but they deserve to be pampered too. Now not all men would be game for a sit in a robe with his hair wrapped in a towel while sipping cucumber mint water and eating finger sandwiches pampering session. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need to be a little pampered sometimes. Maybe it’s a nice haircut at fancy salon. Maybe a massage to soothe all those dad bod muscles. Be crazy, spring for the NON generic brand of white strips at Target. It doesn’t have to be huge, just do a little something that makes dad feel pretty.
Let Him Get His Way: Let’s face it, a lot of the times dads bite the bullet and do things for their kids that they have absolutely no interest in doing (i.e. Disney on Ice). But they do it anyway because they love their kids, they want them to be happy and/or they don’t want to deal with their wives complaining about it if they don’t do it. Regardless of their motivations dads deserve at least one day when they get to do exactly what they want to do.
Say Thank You: Thank you. That is the most important and thoughtful gift you can give this Father’s Day. Let the dad in your life know that you appreciate everything he does. For being the best spooky bedtime story teller, the in house tickle monster, ice cream sundae maker, coach, pep talker, fort maker, tea party guest and all around great dad.
In honor of Father’s Day, Luvs gave me $200 to #sharetheluv with a local father that I thought deserved to be celebrated. I chose one of our close family friends and one of the best dads I know, Joey. He is one of those people that will leave your cheeks hurting from smiling when you are around him. Always there to lend a helping hand to his friends and family, he spends his free time volunteering at the local homeless shelters and is a religious advisor for the downtown Phoenix jail. Since men like Joey spend all their time giving and sharing with others, I wanted to spoil him with something only he could use. An avid basketball player I decided to follow my rules and pamper him with something I knew he would never splurge on himself, a pair of brand new Nike basketball shoes.
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This post was sponsored by Luvs but all thought and opinions are my own.