Father’s Day is a day to celebrate fathers, grandfathers, and fatherhood in general. If you are from the US, or the UK, France, China, or India, it falls on the third Sunday of June. In Estonia, where Ganttic is based, Father’s Day or ‘Isadepäev’ is celebrated on the second Sunday of November. Whatever the date, we can all agree it’s a Day worth using the capital D for.
Your kids are probably Googling the best Father’s Day gifts on a budget or how to make Day cards with macaroni. Your wife is trying to remember that pound cake recipe that reminded you of your childhood or how to make that brisket sandwich you loved so much. They might be organizing a BBQ in your honor since they know how much you enjoy standing next to that grill. That’s how your family shows their appreciation on your big Day.
But, there’s a few things that you can also do to make the day even more special.
Taking a day off isn’t the easiest task. It can be easy to plan it, you can just drag and drop an event or mark your day as a holiday, but unfortunately that’s not all there is to it. You need to make it a mindful kind of a day off. A day that you are consciously taking off.
Since you’ve already prepared yourself, being present shouldn’t be too difficult. Above all, you should aim to have a good time and bond with your family. Keep that in mind at all times.
If your family has a plan set in stone, go with it. Let them take the wheel. If you feel even a half a thought coming to your mind in the lines of how it’s not what you expected or how you could be doing something useful, let it go. If you are not sure how to do that, go back to the previous tip.
However, if they don’t have everything figured out, have something in the back of your mind that you’d like to do. It can be tricky to figure out what the other person would enjoy. It’s can also be tricky to figure out how to celebrate Father’s Day. Meet your family halfway.
Whatever it is, remember that the day should be about being together and doing things as a team.
Tell stories and just talk while doing whatever it is you chose to do. Stories about how you used to spend Father’s Days with your dad. Stories about your childhood or a funny thing that happened last week. Storytelling is one of the oldest ways to bond and share knowledge. And you must admit that it’s kind of sweet that your children are forced to take in your wisdom. Even more so if they are teenagers.
Sometimes there really isn’t a way to take the day off. That’s okay too if you take a raincheck. You could say to yourself that it doesn’t matter and you can be with your family any other day. But will you really?
Father’s Day is a good excuse to squeeze in some of that much-needed quality time. Don’t let that excuse go. It’s not that you really need it or can’t spend time with your family otherwise. It’s just… Take a raincheck and follow through.
Look at your busy schedule and find the next day that you can take off. Don’t find excuses, find a day. You are good at planning time at work. Apply some of those principles here. Consult with your family to see if the day you have chosen suits them as well. Book it. Prepare for it, be present, and surprise yourself.
If you are the go with the flow kind of guy, just go with the flow. Enjoy your day as you would. Eat the cake. Read the card. But, you know, it’s still a good idea to take the most out of the day. So think about it. Okay?
What are some other ways to make Father’s Day special?
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