It’s Father’s Day, and to all my readers out there fortunate enough to be a dad, enjoy your day of recognition. Savor your specially made breakfast, awkwardly drawn markered portraits on construction paper, and totally needed extra set of screw drivers or packs of batteries. It’s a day of days for you during the year, and I’m sure you’ll be out there working on a project, mowing the lawn, or trying to get a wiffle ball unstuck from your child’s finger at some point this afternoon.

I couldn’t help but notice though that this holiday is often laughed at and dismissed as one of the more low-key celebrations of the year. This isn’t something I disagree with either. One can definitely see the bias between Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. Moms win hands down in the commercialization department. This doesn’t have to happen though. Yes, dad, you can reclaim Father’s Day for yourself, and make it a day looked forward to year after year without having to really remind your kids of its approach, and the process is very simple in order to gain these results. The results being incredible memories, quality time with your kids, and feeling good about fatherhood.

Just do what comes natural to being a dad. Keep giving — even on your holiday.

img_4978Here’s the deal. Every year I try to make a special effort to treat my kids out for Mother’s Day. I take them to a theme park, maybe a dinner out at an arcade style restaurant, or just hit a local carnival for some fun time. Why do I indulge my children on a day reserved for my own recognition and pampering? I realized a long time ago that without them in my life, I wouldn’t be a mom to begin with. Shit, I’d probably have become a statistical nightmare if it weren’t for them and the obligations that come attached with parenthood. For these simple reasons, I’m ever grateful. Now, your reasons don’t have to necessarily be as...Read more here on my blog The Bluegrass Skeptic...

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Comment by Randall Smith on June 22, 2015 at 7:00am

Enjoyed reading your post. You sound like a good parent.

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