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"Real" Fathers Day Gifts for Dads

By Mark Branderburg

Fathers are becoming more involved in their families today. They have a deep desire to connect emotionally with their families. However, they often lack the skills to do so. Here are ten "gift ideas" for Fatherís Day to help the father in your life to relax, enjoy, and to connect with other loved ones:

1. Admire what they do

Fathers do need to have their ego stroked and to have their families notice the quality of their work or other accomplishments. Letting them know will have their spirits soar.

2. Encourage them to share their life with their families.

Fathers often donít easily share their everyday life with their families. It may seem "boring" to them to share the events of the day. Encouraging Dad to share will help others feel closer to him. And, it will be more likely theyíll share their lives with him!

3. Give him the gift of food

Are their Dads out there who donít love to eat? Cook him a great meal, or take him out to dinner. A father with good food in front of him is a happy father.

4. Talk to him using a "bottom line" approach

Fathers like to get to the point. Itís harder for them to follow long, detailed stories. At least for one day, get right to the point concerning what youíre telling him. Heíll appreciate it, and he wonít stress about missing the details!

5. Be patient with him as he learns to raise his kids

Fathers arenít always the most skilled at effective parenting, especially during the early stages. Be patient with him as he makes mistakes. If he feels criticized, he may lose hope and give up an opportunity to learn and grow. Gentle encouragement helps.

6. Ask him to get involved in an activity

Fathers love to be active, and they often connect with others by "doing something." Ask the Dad in your family to go on a bike ride or go to a game. As long as their active, Dads are pretty happy.

7. Provide him with "vegetable time"

We donít mean gardening here! Yes, dads like to be active, but they also like to vegetate sometimes. Give Dad some time to do nothing, and heíll curl up and do nothing with the best of them!

8. Give him a romantic evening

Fathers feel like handymen in their homes at times. Nothing will snap them out of that as quickly as a romantic evening. And, this isnít over when the dinner or movie ends. It ends when he has permission to follow his biological urge after making love-- sleeping!

9. Touch him Dads love to be hugged and touched by their family members. And even if they donít act like they do, hug them anyway! It helps them to leave their heads and enter their hearts.

10. Give him new power tools.

OK, this one doesnít really help him connect with others, but it does satisfy some deep urge within him. And if it makes him feel good, why not?


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