• Create a shadow box to be mounted on the wall. In the center, frame a picture of yourself and your children (either professional or have a friend help take one for you.) Surround it with words that describe your thoughts of him. You may include other tangible items by gluing on things that present memory of your life as parents together.
• Transform a room in your home for the night. If possible, arrange for the kids to be gone even for just a few hours. Ideas may include posting travel posters to exotic destinations on the wall, hanging "twinkle" Christmas lights around the room, playing related music, dancing with your husband by candlelight and eating a simple supper picnic style. Kids at home? It is okay. Feed them early and then allow them to serve as waiters (if old enough) or simply to witness the two of you enjoying one another's company.
• Arrange to have a series of photos taken of just the two of you. Whether professionally done or not, the last time you may have done so could date back to your wedding day. Take time to remember that you are a couple first, and parents as a result of the love of that relationship.
• King for the Day treatment: Offer dad the opportunity to choose what he wants for the day. You can even make him a crown and wrap that up as a part of your gift. Give him an opportunity to create a list of things that he would like to do today and then do your best to fulfill it as closely as possible! From breakfast in bed to enjoying 30 minutes of blissful silence doing nothing at all -- my spouse considers this a real treat! Ladies, don't worry! We'll include this in our Mother's Day suggestions as well!
Whatever gifts you may choose, there is one certainty! These dads will be grateful to know that they are appreciated, thought of and loved.
Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!
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