We aren’t big on elaborate gifts for holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s day here at our house. We try to make it a special day which mostly involves scheming on the kids part and handmade gifts. These fathers day free printables are a simple way for your child to make a special keepsake gift.
When my husband and I met we were young; like the the first day of our first year of college young. There was never anyone else after that day. It’s been “us” ever since.
We joke about what percentage of relationships that began the first day of college and are still going almost twenty plus years later.
Nineteen is looking younger all the time.
As 19 years old we had it all figured out. (Which is slightly terrifying now that I now have 16 year old myself. 19 doesn’t look that far away.) We totally knew what we were doing. Ha. Ha.
Choosing for me….
The piece I was missing at that time was that I was choosing not only a mate but a leader for my family, a provider, a helper, a role model for my kids, someone to lean on, and so much more. That your spouse will have so many hugely impactful roles is really hard to fathom at that young age. It’s that no one can tell you till you’ve been there kinda thing.
I can say we’ve lasted so long not because we picked so well, or were so lucky, or have worked so hard. (All of which are partially true.) I don’t talk much about religion here on my blog because it’s a personal thing to me. But, honestly, there is no other way to explain being married to someone for 20 years, going through both the awesome and the awful, knowing the best and worst of each other, and (mostly) still liking each other. It’s a plan too big for us to put into place. God had something in mind when we plopped us down just one floor apart in Bagley Hall.
Choosing for my kids….
I always had this abstract idea that my pretend husband and I would have an undecided number of kids and what a “good” dad would look like in our imaginary little family. Holy crap, I had no idea; no idea what parenting would require. That as parents we are pushed past our limits on a daily basis. As parents we never have it figured out for more than 20 minutes at a time; that we’re really winging it and praying each and every day. (That winging it thing is not just me, right?)
I’m lucky. Barring a few hormonally ravaged days each month my husband and I make a pretty good team. My kids are blessed by a dad that takes part in their days and shows them a great example of being a man, a dad, and a leader, and a follower.
He is, however, not a gracious receiver of gifts. Many gifts get returned because he doesn’t need them. (We recently weeded out his collection of Shaquille O’Neal t shirts from high school, which was 20 years ago. That gives you a clue what I mean when I say “need.”) “Stuff” just doesn’t do much for him.
Gifts from the heart…..
Although he may look like a tough guy he is a softy inside. Handwritten notes, clear down to post it notes, get saved and tucked away.
That’s why these fathers day free printables are so fun. What an easy way to record some precious memories while showing your kids that gifts are not about how much money you spend.
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Father’s Day isn’t just for fathers…
There are lots of people that deserve to be celebrated on Father’s Day. Whether your little one has a step parent, a grandparent, an uncle, or a family friend that holds a special place they deserve a little Father’s day love as well!
Days like Father’s Day can be especially hard if Dad isn’t in the picture or your family is a bit non traditional. Maybe the “dad” in your family even goes by another nickname.
In order to make this book applicable to lots of special people I replaced a “dad” with a simple pronoun. Your child can make it specific and special with their own writing and artwork.
What about the littlest people…
If your child is too little print their answers it can be a hoot to ask them to answer the questions verbally. You do the writing and they can enjoy making the picture. Don’t let the fact that writing lots of words can be tiring for little hands stop you from recording sweet memories.
The perspective of a little one is priceless, and usually hilarious!