Planning the Perfect Day for Dad

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Father’s Day is just around the corner and for those of you who might be procrastinators, you’re in luck. I’ve compiled a great list of Father’s Day do’s and don’ts from many years of experience. This way, you will not have to make the same mistakes that I did.

  • Avoid taking Dad to brunch. This may be a great idea for your mother but for the most part, men do not like brunch food. Salads, quiche, and hot fruit really do not set the male species on fire. They prefer meat, potatoes with gravy, pie, and second helpings. Tearooms are also not a good choice for a Father’s Day meal since men do not like to eat from tiny glass plates and they really do not appreciate flavored gourmet teas.
  • Don’t ask Dad to do the grilling, let him have a break. One very hot Father’s Day, I made dozens of fancy hamburgers filled with flammable ingredients (or so Bill says). Bill felt as if he spent the day in purgatory as he fought gas grill fires for hours.
  • To make Dad really happy, plan the day around a trip to his favorite sporting goods store. Better yet, plan the day around his favorite sport. A fishing trip or a golf scramble with the family might be just the ticket.
  • Speaking of tickets, dad might enjoy a Cardinal Baseball game, a big foam “#1” finger, and his picture with Fred Bird, their anthromorphic mascot. Just make sure the seat numbers you purchase are horizontally side-by-side, not vertical in different rows.
  • Mothers should always assist their kids in proper Father’s Day gift selection. Each year, I give my kids subtle hints. For example, last year, I sent this text: “Dad wants Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls,white, Dick’s Sporting Goods, $45, Aisle five, second shelf.”
  • I know some adult children who purchased airfare and tickets to the PGA Open in Washington D.C. for their dad. It’s hard to compete with that. Possibly allowing Dad to watch it on TV and look at his new golf balls uninterrupted might be just as good.
  • Used gifts such as a ‘66 Corvette are welcome; a well-worn child-size baseball glove just might not have the same impact. (That’s what the kids gave Bill for Christmas one year when they were young.)
  • Simple gestures are always appreciated on Father’s Day, like doing a chore for dad. Mowing the lawn or even washing his whites so that he will not have to buy new socks and underwear that week is a true expression of love.
  • On Father’s Day, don’t ask Dad to unclog the sewer drain or spread manure on your garden. All that can wait another day.
  • If you can’t be with your dad on Father’s Day, don’t forget to call, text, or send a card with a personal message other than the usual, “Please send money.”
  • Give dad the green light to choose the recreational activity for the day. Act thrilled when he challenges you to a game of Washers or Horseshoes even thought you would rather stick pins in your eye.

Have a wonderful Father’s Day! 


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