Families with Style: Celebrate Dad

If your tots are too small to shop and you just can't bear to present him with another tie "from the kids," get inspired as Liz Lange shares some of the things her family does to honor Dad with style:

  • Stuff he loves

  • We think about specific things he loves, and then we take Dad out and spend time together gathering all the items that will let him do these things. It can be a simple outing. My husband likes to fish, so an excursion to the bait shop before a trip to the pond entertains the kids and lets Dad stock up.

  • Say it with... beets?

  • My husband likes to eat veggies and healthy food, so the kids and I are planting some special produce that we know he'll love, just for him. It's sort of a take on Mother's Day flowers -- but not!

  • Make a date

  • He has a favorite coffeehouse that serves a blend he loves, and my daughter has a passion for the hot chocolate they make. A Daddy-daughter date at this special place is a treat for them both. Remember, at the center of each activity with the kids must be something he likes to do. Instead of forcing him to fit his activity into the kids' schedule, make it easy for him to engage in his favorite tasks while the kids tag along.

  • The big picture

  • Instead of a store-bought card, we buy disposable cameras, take pictures of ourselves and put them all together in a collage on poster board for Dad. We haul it into the bedroom before he wakes up -- so it's the first thing he sees on Father's Day morning!

  • Dads, dads and more dads

  • Sometimes the day is not just about our family. My kids love it when we have people over, so we've been known to gather all the fathers in our lives for a group celebration of friends and family with special treats (we love to bake!) for all the dads in the house.
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