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Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful dads out there.  I hope you get to spend a wonderful day with your family.  On a personal note I want to wish my husband a very happy 1st Father’s Day!

Tomorrow is the big day, time to celebrate all the dads out there.  Dads can be hard people to buy gifts for.  Often the "toys" that dad really wants are way to expense!  If you need some help finding a special gift for your special dad (that doesn't cost an arm and a leg) here are a few suggestions:

  • A tree to plant with the kids.  Dad and the kids can plant the tree together, take care of it and watch it grow.  Years from now he can look at that tree and remember a very special Father's Day.
  • Tools.  Dad's love tools.  Think of some handy work your dad really loves to do and buy a tool that will make the next project a little easier.
  • A hammock to put up in the backyard.  What dad doesn't love to relax in the backyard while the kids run around having fun!
  • Blow up pictures of all the kids and frame them in a nice frame for dad's office.  You can even have each kid write a special message next to their photo.
  • A family trip to the park for a nice picnic, some games, and relaxing as a family.

The ideas really are endless.  The best gift for any occasion, including Father's Day, is something that really captures the recipient.  Think of something your dad loves and pick a gift that has something to do with that love.  Most importantly make your dad feel loved and special.

It seems that most parenting and pregnancy websites are geared more towards mom.  Dad can sometimes get a little left out.  Becoming a new parent is a fun, exciting, and scary time for both mom and dad.  Having a little understanding about what to expect, how to handle certain situations, and what your role is can make the transition to fatherhood a little easier.  

I found a few websites that are dedicated to dads.  So now you'll have a place all your own to go to for information.  Soon you'll be an expert and your wife will think you have been reading her pregnancy and parenting books!!

Being an involved and active parent is the best gift you can give your child.  Learning the basics from a father's perspective can be challenging when most of the books and websites out there are geared towards mom, but now you know where to go for information just for dads.  It is nice to see that there are so many helpful websites out there for dad.  

I came across this article on the Baby Center website the other day.  The article discusses how your outlook on life, your perspective on yourself and the world, and many other things will change when your baby arrives.  There are 30 things listed, 15 from the author/mom and 15 from baby center readers/moms.  It is amazing to think about all the wonderful ways your life will change when your baby arrives.

Here are a few of the things that the author noted will change when you little one finally arrives.

  • You will finally stop to smell the roses because your baby is now safe in your arms.
  • Where you once believed you were fearless you will quickly discover that you are afraid.
  • The sacrifices you thought you made to have a baby no longer seem like sacrifices.
  • You respect your body.
  • You find a new respect and love for your parents.
  • You find that your baby’s pain feels much worse than your own.
  • You believe once again in the things you believed in as a child.
  • You lose touch with the people in your life that you should have banished years ago.
  • Your heart breaks much more easily.
  • You think of someone else almost every second of the day.
  • Every day is a surprise.
  • Bodily functions are no longer repulsive.
  • You look at your baby in the mirror instead of yourself.
  • You become a morning person.
  • Your love becomes limitless.

What things did you notice changing in your outlook and perspective when your baby arrived?  Was it what you expected or much more (or less) than you expected?

Happy Father's Day to all the dads and dads-to-be out there.  This is another one of those special days, which, like Mother's Day, gives kids a chance to show their appreciation to a very important person in their life.  Dad's will be waking up tomorrow morning to handmade cards, new ties, new golf equipment, maybe even breakfast in bed (or at least a family trip to the local Denny's or IHOP).  Kids will do what they can to show you how much they appreciate you and say thanks for all the great things you do for them all year long.   

I remember when I was little spending the week leading up to Father's Day working hard making a Father's Day card shaped like a neck tie.  It is funny that neck ties and father's day seem to always go hand in hand.  I mean how many dads are really the neck tie wearing kind, I wouldn't think it is a majority that's for sure.  I wonder if kids still make cards shaped like neck ties for Father's Day?

Again, Happy Father's Day.  Enjoy it while it lasts, a regular Monday morning is right around the corner.