1. My Favorite Time With You Was This: Fatherhood is full of hundreds of precious moments. From car rides and camping trips to fort building and sick days. But what moment meant the most? Let your Dad know, it will surely warm his heart.
2. You've Been Great: Being a Dad is rough. I'm only 5 months in and I've felt inadequate and overwhelmed. But I wake up every day with a dedication to be the best Dad I can. I would guess most Dads think the same. Sure, we fail and have even let people down, but that's not our heart. Regardless of where your relationship is at, let your Dad know he's been great. It's a few simple words that go a long way.
3. Thanks For All The Things I Don't Know About: Over the last few months, even while my wife was pregnant, I prepared, I read books, I painted, I bought too many things, and I prayed almost everyday for my daughter. But she'll never know. I assume this trend will continue for many years, and like many Dads who quietly support, provide, and love their children in the background, they would do it all again. Thank your Dad for all the things you never knew. He'll know what you're talking about.
4. Can We Spend More Time Together? I'm not sure how many Dads would say no to this statement. We all get busy pursuing the race of life… and too often the ones closest to us fall to the backdrop. Make it a point this year to spend more time with your Dad. Even if it's only an extra hour. Below is a video of my Dad and I on vacation this last winter. It's pretty hilarious. We play pranks on each other 😉
5. I'm Sorry For… There's nothing a bit more restoring than an authentic apology. For some, it may not be necessary and for others it may be far overdue. If there is something in between you and your Dad, apologize or forgive. Life is too short to live in conflict.
Below is a fun infographic I found about Dads. I think you'll enjoy it.
This blog post was written by an independent guest contributor.
Author Name: D Patridge.