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How to Make Father's Day All About Dad (and a lot easier for Mum)

27th August 2019

With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to think about how to make Dad’s day truly special. The kids will make cards of course, and there will be gifts, but it’s the thing we do for him that show him just how much he means to us. “We’ll let him sleep in then make brekky in bed.” says my eldest. “Can we make his favourite dinner?” asks the middle one. “He should go fishing!” suggests the youngest. All great ideas, I’m sure it will be a fantastic day… for him.

Don’t get me wrong, he deserves a fantastic day. He does so much for us and we don’t know what we would do without him, but part of me feels that the “day off” my kids have planned, kind of takes the “Father” part out of Father’s Day.  (And creates a whole lot of extra work for Mum.)

So in the spirit of all things Dad, here are my top 5 ways to make Father’s Day a whole lot easier for mum.

1. Let the kids do their own shopping

If you’re anything like me, you spend way too long agonising over what Dad really wants. Forget that. Set the kids a budget and take them out to purchase what they think is the perfect present. In my experience the results are often hilarious but end up meaning so much more.

2. Go out for breakfast

The reasons are simple. No dishes or crumbs in the bed!

3. Book him a massage

This way he still gets a bit of time to himself to relax, but he won’t be away long and he will come back feeling both spoilt and rejuvenated.

4. Find a family activity that suits his interests

He likes to play golf? Why not make it mini golf and get the whole gang involved. Footy is his thing? Grab a ball and head down to the beach or park for some kick to kick. He prefers the indoors? Dust off the board games and play something together. Nothing says “I love you Dad” like sharing his interests as a family (and the kids are kept entertained)

5. Spend the weekend away

AKA: All of the above. You don’t have to go far, but spending a night or two away from home is a win win for everyone. It’s quality family time, mixed with adventure, relaxation and the chance to unplug from the day to day. You can even invite the grandparents and share the experience with multiple generations.