Father’s Day is this weekend. Read about unique ways to tell Dad he rocks!

It’s easy to make mom cry with a sentimental card or note, but how do you really get to dad? Not to make him cry – that’s not likely – but to tell him how much you love him. Dads, or at least many dads, are the big-and-tough-nothing-stops-me type. I know my dad is, and my own kids definitely see their Daddy as a big, strong guy. Au Pairs often feel protected by their Host Dad and love to help their charges make special gifts. Teachers might help you out with one last craft or handy gift idea. A card or gift is nice for Father’s Day, but here are some unique ways to tell your father he is appreciated.

Show him

Men appreciate action. Do something memorable. Maybe a personal message by airplane banner is a little over the top, but a singing telegram might be perfect (ok, maybe that’s over the top too, but so fun). Perhaps the kids take dance and want to create a special Father’s Day performance, or maybe he likes surprises. Surprise Dad with a family event or take him on a Mystery Ride, a local jaunt to someplace special for some family or father-son, father-daughter time, which remains a mystery to dad until you arrive at your destination. If you’re not feeling super-creative, stick to the oldies but goodies: take him out to a ball game, golfing, fishing, or anything. What’s most important is to do something meaningful together.

Tell him

Words are powerful. Sometimes dads just need to hear it. If you think you’ll mess up or can’t get dad alone long enough, write it down. Dad will cherish your words, thoughtfully written for just him. Maybe share a special memory from your own childhood and tell dad how much that time or event meant to you. Writing it down is a great way to say all the things you want to tell dad before he leaves this earth. Can’t write? You can always find a great-and-wise-dad-quote that makes you think of dad and share it with him. Make a wooden sign with the words painted on it. Cards are nice, too.

Feed him

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Yes, your dad already loves you, but everyone has to eat, and if you’re any good at it, food is a great way to say, “I love you, Dad.” Maybe your dad loves lemon meringue pie, like mine. Make him one, or buy a really nice one at the local bakery if you’re no Julia Childs. Take dad to a nice restaurant or make his favorite meal. Invite the special men in your life to an appreciation dinner. Sharing a meal or special treat together is a perfect gift for a father and child of any age.

Actions speak louder than words, but both work quite nicely to express how we feel. Dads might not always show their soft side, or ever, but it’s there. Dad does want to know how you feel. Don’t forget Grandpa either, or that special uncle or other dad-figure who is always there for you. Even male sitters, or “mannies” deserve a special “Thank you” this time of year. If your dad has passed, my condolences. Be sure to share that special Father’s Day love with a special man in your life. Tell him how much you love and appreciate him, his support and guidance in your life. Don’t let this Father’s Day go by without reaching out to acknowledge dad and any other significant men who have impacted your life in a positive way!