Celebrate Father’s Day Right!

June 15, 2011

Fathers come with all sorts of passions and hobbies, this year families should focus on healthy eating and fun activities

Fathers come with all sorts of passions and hobbies, from golf to armchair sports, from voracious readers to avid collectors. If your father has a great interest, buying gifts is a no-brainer. But before you rush to the mall, why not stop for a few minutes and think of some great gifts he'd love that come with no price tag at all? Here are some ideas.

Don’t give dads a tie this Father’s Day. Instead, give the gift of healthier eating that could lead to a longer life of wellness. Rather than ply dad with treats that give only short-term pleasure, help motivate him to eat smarter, exercise more, and get a medical checkup. This retraining will be a gift that lasts. Make it a family-wide effort to stock the pantry and fridge with healthier foods from now on, so everyone benefits. Set up a household system to encourage good behavior around food.

Share his passions. Whether it's scouring the garage sales for old baseball cards or even playing ball in the back yard, tag along with him as he pursues his collectibles. Start the day with his favorite breakfast and make it healthy! Then off you go ... it's fun, it's easy, and you'll have even more to talk about next time you meet up for coffee.

Send him somewhere. Has dad always wanted to see a certain show or to visit a nearby landmark? This is the year to make it happen. Get the tickets, and send him on his way along with friends or family. Pack him a healthy snack of course and it will be a time he'll long remember, and a treasured gift because it came from you.

Ship him a love package. Does dad live across the country and you cannot meet up? Why not send a gift basket of some things you know he loves: a bag of his favorite coffee or tea, or local healthy treats he cant find at home, a framed picture of the family, or drawings your kids make for his special day, and of course a note from you listing why he's been such a great dad.

Nearly Dads are special, too. Uncles, fathers-in-law, mentors, teachers, older neighbors - all of these men can play a vibrant part in our lives. When a mentor or friend touches your life, remember them, too, on Father's Day; tell them now how much their involvement in your life has meant to you.