Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

More Than a Dad

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
Life (602)      Love (184)      Communication (120)      Family (110)      Parents (8)     


Father and Son
Image courtesy of Ambro / freedigitalphotos.net


Father’s Day is fast approaching and it’s always a good time to show our fathers how much we appreciate them as our dad. We buy them a gift – maybe tools, music, alcohol or a new wallet – all great presents, and most dads would be happy to receive them.

But how well do we really know these men? How much do we know about their childhood or teenage years, their working lives, the hopes and dreams they had for their futures?



Father and Son
Image courtesy of Stockimages / Freedigitalphotos.net


These men are not just dads – they had a whole life before we ever came along.

How about on this Father’s Day we give our Dad a different kind of gift? How about we just spend the day with him doing what he would like to do? I think we would find that most dads would appreciate being asked. I’m sure that giving him the chance to choose how to spend the day would be a pretty terrific gift – and while we’re about it – let’s get to know him a bit better, take the opportunity to have a real conversation, and learn about who our fathers really are.



Father and Son
Image courtesy of Rosemary Ratcliff / freedigitalphotos.net


It can be easy to forget that there are other facets to people aside from the one we see here and now. Everyone has a story, everyone has had experiences in their past that have shaped the person they are today.

Some parents are reluctant to talk to their children about their past life – either because they don’t want to appear vulnerable in front of their kids or because they don’t think they’d really be interested. We have to let them know that we really are genuinely interested.



Father and Son
Image courtesy of dantada / morguefile.com


So how about this year we forego the tools and wallets (unless that’s what Dad specifically asks for) and instead take him somewhere he’s always wanted to go. If he likes fishing – go fishing. If he likes museums, go there. If he likes a game of pool at the pub – do that, and take the opportunity to talk, and learn about the man who eventually became your Dad.



# Life
# Love
# Communication
# Family
# Parents
I like this Article - 5
More Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
We all have obligations and responsibilities that we must undertake no matter what
603 views
Whether our journey is a long or short one, there are ways we can make it pleasurable and arrive...
153 views
Do you ever pass a stranger in the street and they shoot you a friendly smile, leaving you to wo...
187 views
You know how people always groan when you bring out the camera and ask them to smile? Well, ...
112 views
When things get difficult or stressful, we all need some time out to recharge the batteries
403 views
When I was a child my teacher wrote on my school report card that I was ‘introverted
409 views
view all articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) on Other Hubs
Here are a couple of tricky questions for you… Should you give Christmas gifts to work colleagu...
3 likes
Most of us enjoy a bit of cheese in our diets
6 likes
We trust our doctor to look after our health and to prescribe medication when we need it, right? And...
4 likes
ID: 23957
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
Losing weight at any age can sometimes be hard to do
82 views
I lived the city life and I’m sick of it
895 views
To attain any form of abundance in your life, you must feel good as much as possible
1930 views
Money gives us all more choices in life, and is a tool to serve other people
2279 views
If you’re a parent who has faced the decision of to whether to give your child certain vaccina...
133 views
You don’t have to be rich to make money, you just have to be practical
3952 views
In this day and age, many people hire professional escorts because they what to try something ne...
12159 views
Apart from the physical advantages that promote healthy cardio, running in the morning can also empo...
71 views
Many of us fear to speak our mind because we care about what others might think of us or say abo...
6265 views
I wonder why one of our favourite invitations or goodbye salutations is “We must catch up for...
4010 views
Categories
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version