By Melanie Kondor
From childhood all the way through middle school, high school, and college, and beyond, our dads have been there for us and have done so much for us. Dads offer us support in many different ways; they offer mental support, physical support (like moving heavy things for us, or helping us up when we fall down), or even financial support.
Thinking back to childhood, you could make a humongous list of all of the things your dad has done for you from then all the way to the present. And that’s just what I did! Here’s a list of things my dad has done for me. Please feel free to comment and contribute your own thoughts.
- Told my brother, sister, and me bedtime stories when we were little
- Killed the big, scary spiders in my bedroom – and still does today
- Made the best mac & cheese when mom used to work at night
- Drove me to all different places… and eventually taught me to drive
- Checked for monsters in my closet or under my bed
- Takes care of me when I’m sick
- Helped me move into college (and stayed strong when Mom started to cry)
- Offers constant help and advice with my car; he lends me gas money too
- He even suffers through marathons of America’s Next Top Model with me! (Best dad out there!)
The list can go on forever, but the point is that with Father’s Day upon us (June 20th!) it is so important to take the time to appreciate everything our dads have done for us, as well as everything they will continue to do for us.
For those of us who are not fortunate enough to have their dad, try to think of someone in your life who is a dad or who has acted like a dad for you while growing up. Take the time to thank this person, whoever they may be, and tell them how much you appreciate all they have done.
The most important thing my dad has ever told me was this one piece of advice: the squeaky wheel gets the grease. This is something I will never forget and is something I will pass down to my children someday. It took me a while to understand, but now that I do, I take it to heart. It means, you must speak up for yourself if you need help or if you want to be recognized. So take your dad’s advice seriously, he was young once!
This year for Father’s Day, let’s take the time to appreciate our dads, a dad you know, a dad-like figure, or even yourself if you happen to be a dad! Do something special for him and skip the corny tie gift this year – because let’s face it, how many ties does one dad really need? Here are a few unique gift ideas for your dad this year:
- Make a collage of you and him – from diapers all the way to the present.
- Frame a favorite family photo
- Cook his favorite dinner (or if he’s like my dad, bake him something sweet).
- Get creative! Make a card by hand rather than buy one from a store.
- For those big spenders: pool your money together with siblings or other family members and send dad away for a nice weekend getaway with mom.
Here are a few helpful links for other gift ideas:
Please feel free to comment and share your fondest dad memories or a piece of advice your dad once gave you!