Father-love is irreplaceable. Whether we’re celebrating our dads, granddads, stepdads, brothers, or other father figures in our lives, these men need to hear what a difference their love makes. Father’s Day is a chance for us to encourage and build up all these men. Lift those dads; celebrate their unique calling; remind them how much they’re appreciated every single day.
Fathers play a role in every child’s life that cannot be filled by others. This role can have a large impact on a child and help shape him or her into the person they become.
Emotional Bonding with Fathers:
Fathers, like mothers, are pillars in the development of a child’s emotional well-being. Children look to their fathers to lay down the rules and enforce them. They also look to their fathers to provide a feeling of security, both physical and emotional. Children want to make their fathers proud, and an involved father promotes inner growth and strength. Studies have shown that when fathers are affectionate and supportive, it greatly affects a child’s cognitive and social development. It also instills an overall sense of well-being and self-confidence.
Fathers are a role model:
Fathers are a role model for their children. They not only influence who we are inside but how we have relationships with people as we grow. The way a father treats his child will influence what he or she looks for in other people. Friends, lovers, and spouses will all be chosen based on how the child perceived the meaning of the relationship with his or her father. The patterns a father sets in the relationships with his children will dictate how his children relate with other people.
Young girls depend on their fathers for security and emotional support. A father shows his daughter what a good relationship with a man is like. If a father is loving and gentle, his daughter will look for those qualities in men when she’s old enough to begin dating. If a father is strong and valiant, she will relate closely to men of the same character.
Unlike girls, who model their relationships with others based on their father’s character, boys model themselves after their father’s character. Boys will seek approval from their fathers from a very young age. As human beings, we grow up by imitating the behavior of those around us; that’s how we learn to function in the world. If a father is caring and treats people with respect, the young boy will grow up much the same. When a father is absent, young boys look to other male figures to set the “rules” for how to behave and survive in the world.
If you’re looking for ways to bless your dad this year, here are some practical, heartfelt ways to make his day unforgettable:
Pray for your dad!
Prayer is a simple gift you can offer anytime, anywhere for the men in your life. Spend a little time on Father’s Day thanking God for the blessing of their presence; pray for their strength and guidance. Ask Him for the ability to see and celebrate the good in them, offer them grace in their brokenness, and encouragement for the daily journey.
Make a memory with your dad!
A memory made together is a gift that can last a lifetime. Consider treating Dad to something he’s never done. Take him on a special trip (even a short road-trip!) to a new place, or surprise him with a unique experience – skydiving, horseback riding, canoeing, bird-watching. Plan a weekend outing to a local event you’ve always wanted to try. Sometimes memories are waiting to be made right in your backyard.
Plan his favorite activity!
What does he love to do? If he’s a sports guy, plan a day around one of his favorite things: a fishing trip, golf outing, or baseball game. Maybe he’s a movie watcher – how about a family movie marathon with his favorite theater treats? An outdoorsman might love a sunset hike, canoe float, or bike ride. An indoors-man may enjoy some quiet time with the family. Pull out some favorite old board games and have a tournament; plan a few surprise video calls with far-away family members; head to his favorite coffee shop for a leisurely afternoon together.
Gather your favorite dads around!
Get your dad, granddad, favorite dads and their families together for a good old-fashioned celebration – a homemade meal or potluck, lawn games, and maybe even some water balloon fun (because boys will be boys!) Take over the grill and let the dad’s kickback. It may be an opportunity to not only bless the men you are related to but to reach out to others who may not have a place to be on Father’s Day. God’s heart for those on the outside is clear – we are called to welcome them in, and we’re blessed each time we open our homes and our hearts.
Write a note of Encouragement!
We’ve all had to say goodbye to good men in our lives, and Father’s Day can be a time to honor their memory. Spend some time reflecting on the legacy they’ve left. Consider writing a note of encouragement to your dad who’s building a lasting legacy. Remind him that the choices he’s making today and the time he’s taking to pour into his children (the little ones and the grown ones!) will impact generations to come.
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Bamboo is a very fast-growing, renewable, and easy-to-grow resource. It’s basically from earth to earth toothbrush. It requires no fertilizer, no additive, and self-regenerates from its own roots.
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No matter how you reach out, your encouragement is sure to make this Father’s Day one they’ll remember. So, on this Father’s Day, don’t forget to tell your dad you love him, and thanks for being there!