Why Mother's Day Matters To Dads

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jewelry giftWith Mother’s Day coming up I am sure most of you guys are making well thought out plans to get your wives a nice gift or trying to make the day memorable… or you’re just winging it like always.  Here’s something unique you can give your spouse on her special day, and it’s a gift she will treasure and value for a lifetime.

dinner out dateWhen our kids were little, Mother’s Day was for giving Mom breakfast in bed…the day off with no house chores, making her home-made greeting cards, and maybe dining out in a nice restaurant.  Husbands can give their wives jewelry or other tokens of appreciation and expressions of your undying love.  Dads - How about making sure you are a good role model on this day (or every day for that matter)?  Do your children understand how you feel about your wife?  Do they see and hear it plainly and clearly? 

Guys, this day is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to teach your sons how to value the women they love.  Show them how to respect and appreciate that one person, a lifetime partner in this business of raising a family.  Make sure they learn that their mother is a very special person; somebody they can look up to and depend upon through thick and thin.   

daughterLet’s not forget that as Dads, we are also helping to shape our daughter’s self image by how we interact with their mother.  You are setting the gold standard for her expectations of future boyfriends and ultimately a husband as well.  I’m sure you want only the best for your little girl…why not for her mother as well?

Mother’s Day is a great opportunity for you to give your wife the gift of a caring, appreciative, and thoughtful husband who (by example) raises children to become even better parents and spouses.  

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Fathers on Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day, as implied by the name of this holiday, isn’t for dads, but somehow, they always get roped in. My dad is usually coerced into driving my brother and me to the Hallmark store for a card and some kind of useless knick-knack. One year, we decided to plant flowers for her, and that idea became a dirty, fun adventure with my dad being the most productive. No matter the circumstances, be prepared for your kids to come running for ideas and help, money-wise or other.

Make it a New Year's Date

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GlassesToday it seems like 24 hours is just too short for one day - and forget getting your work done in just 8 hours. That does not include traffic; travel; shopping; taking care of the kids; mowing the yard; making meals; and taking out the trash. No matter how busy we get, there’s no excuse for compromising or giving up our role as fathers and husbands. Speaking about taking out the trash, when’s the last time you took your wife for a special New Year's night out?

Graduation Gift Giving

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April showers bring May flowers, but there will be more than flowers popping up in May. A pile of graduation invitations will grow faster than the daffodils in your backyard. They flood mailboxes and might include snapshots of that niece, cousin, or distant relative. As this young person innocently smiles up at you, you might nostalgically reflect on how quickly time passes or might be wondering who on earth this person is. In either case, a dark cloud will begin to threaten your blue skies in the form of a graduation gift.

Making time for your Kids

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Developing a strategy for becoming a better dad can sound like a big joke. To use the term “busy dad” in the current world is really an understatement. A lot of us dads have a difficult time trying to balance our professional or personal demands against spending valuable time with the wife and kids too. Just because your schedule is tight should not mean that you are destined to fail as a parent. 

Fatherly Love on Valentine's Day

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Though Valentine's Day may seem like a yearly tribute to Hallmark, this holiday revolves around expressions of love. You give a card to your mom, roses to your wife, but what about to your kids? They may not be expecting a Valentine from you, but such a surprise could show them how much you truly care.

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