Honor means to show high respect. Dad deserves all of the honor for his love, support, and provision for our families. And while, they deserve it every day of the year, Father’s Day is the perfect time for us to put our love in action and to really show Dad how much he means to us.
“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”Ephesians 6:3 NIV
Simple, Unique Ways to Honor Dad this Father’s Day:
1. Write out a list of all of the reasons you are thankful for Dad.
What kinds of thinks make Dad special, what does he do for your family? Make a list.
Here’s an idea: Try making an ABC Gratitude List on all the ways you are grateful for Dad.
At the end, include a prayer of thanks over Him to God. Present it to him in a card or on a decorated paper.
2. Write a little book of “Wisdom from Dad.”
Ask Dad what kind of advice or wisdom he has for you. Write them down.
For a DIY, use paper, and fold into a book, secure with staples. You can also buy a notebook from the store.
To make it extra special, write down your own list of wisdom that Dad has give to you (or interview other family members) and how it was helpful.
3. Make a list of questions to ask your Dad about his childhood and life.
Let Dad know that you are interested in him by sitting down to hear stories about his life. This is a perfect bonding experience and maybe you want to help him start a memoir by writing some of them down for him.
Here are some questions to get you started:
- What was your favorite thing to do as a boy?
- What kind of things did you enjoy doing with your father?
- What is a favorite memory that you have from when you were my age?
- What is the funniest story you remember from childhood?
4. Enjoy his favorite hobby with the family.
What does your Dad like to do to relax or have fun? How can you recreate a little bit of that at home?
Ideas: Set up a mini golf game or tag football in the backyard, go fishing, cook a meal together, etc.
5. Give him some alone time.
Dad works hard all week. He might just need a little alone time. Maybe you can give him a few hours to himself.
- Let him take a nap in the hammock complete with his favorite drink.
- Let him watch tv alone.
- Set up a comfy quiet spot with some snacks for him to listen to music or read a book
6. Make a photo album with all of your favorite memories together.
Go through old pictures or have some printed that are of special times of you and Dad.
Put them in a photo album. As an added bonus, you can put a description in with the pictures so he can know for years to come why you included it.
Look at it together and let him know how special they are and how great being with him is to you.
7. Do some acts of service he will appreciate.
You know Dad better than anyone. What kind of thing can you do for him that will be helpful to him? Here’s some ideas:
- Wash and clean out his car.
- Clean his room or office.
- Pull weeds and pick up the yard.
- Clean all of his grilling tools and grill.
8. Make him an “Encouragement Journal”.
If you are feel artsy, decorate the front cover and include some little drawings on some of the pages.
9. Give Dad his own special talent show.
It can be serious, silly, or a little of both. Dad will appreciate anything that comes from the heart.
Here are a few ideas that might get you started:
- Act out one of your most memorable trips or fun days with Dad.
- Tell some Dad jokes.
- Write a poem or song about Dad to perform.
10. Have a special Prayer Time for Dad.
Let the whole family pray prayers of thanksgiving, protection, and peace over Dad.
It might be a nice conclusion to do after a special meal or at the end of the day.
How do you honor your Dad on Father’s Day?
Do you have another fun, creative or unique idea that could be added to the list? Comment below and let’s help each other make this a great Father’s Day!