It’s Father’s Day in Australia this September 2nd, and for new dads this milestone is a chance to create some really special family memories. But what are some of the better ways to make it that little more special?
Father’s Day is a chance for families to show dads how much they care, but when your child is just a year old - or younger - it’s up to you (and your partner) to decide on the best way to mark the occasion.
While it might be tempting to simply spend the day indulging in your own hobbies, eating a little too much and, most importantly for new dads, catching up on some sleep, here are some simple things you can do to make the day just a little more special, no matter what you’ve got planned.
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- Begin a new tradition. You’ll likely be spending your first Father’s Day doing something you love, and one sure-fire way to make it even more memorable, is to consider it the start of a family tradition. Whether it’s a backyard barbeque, fishing or a camping trip, think about choosing an activity that can become a yearly tradition for you and your kids to bond over for years to come.
- Make it a family affair. Family is what occasions like Father’s Day are all about, so make that the focus of the day. That might mean inviting granddads and uncles along for the fun. Either way, remember that being a dad is all about the family you’re surrounded by and what you mean to each other.
- Volunteer to help other families. Another way to spread the love around on Father’s Day is to get involved with volunteering. There are some great Father’s Day charity events, like the 2018 YMCA Father’s Day Fun Run, which is raising money to help struggling kids develop resilience in the face of adversity.
- Record lots of memories. Your first Father’s Day is a special milestone for your family, and you’ll want to remember it forever. That’s why it’s so important to collect things that will help keep the memory fresh - take plenty of photos, save ticket stubs if you go to the zoo or a sports game and keep souvenirs from fishing trips or picnics. You can keep these in a scrapbook, album or a special box, and add to the collection each Father’s Day.
- Take some time to reflect. Your first Father’s Day is not just about where you are as a family today, but also how you got there. Be sure to leave an hour or two at some time in the day to sit down over your favourite meal or a cold beer and reflect on the journey so far – and what’s to come in the future.
There’ll be plenty more Father’s Days to come but your first is an important milestone, so don’t be shy about making it an event to remember.