San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 12, 2004
For years, Father's Day has meant the same things to many people: A card. A necktie. Golf balls. Maybe a car wash. This year, though, it can mean a lot more. Author and radio host, Armin Brott, dubbed "the superdadÂs superdad" by Time Magazine, suggests that this June 20th, fathers and children should take a special time-out. Brott sees Father's Day as a unique opportunity for dads and kids to step outside the norm, learn a bit more about each other, and have some fun in the process. Brott has compiled a list of activities for fathers to do with their sons and daughters on Father's Day, and he is available to discuss these and other ideas:
Eleven activities to do with kids on Father's Day
1. Switch roles with them. Let them be the dad and you, the kid.
2. Tell them a story, but not one from a book. Make something up or tell them a few anecdotes from your childhoodÂespecially ones where you got into trouble.
3. Do something important in the community. Volunteer at a homeless shelter. Help Habitat for Humanity build a house. Or, if the kids are older, do some work for a cause they support.
4. Make a movie of the day. If you don't have a movie camera, take a few rolls of regular film, get them developed at a one-hour photo place, and make a scrapbook.
5. Pretend you like the tie they got you and wear it all day.
6. Take (don't send) them to a concert. They get to pick the music and you resist the urge to complain about it.
7. Listen. Set aside some time and let the kids know that youÂre available to listen to anything they have to say on any topic at all. Give advice only if they ask for it.
8. Visit or call or write your own father to wish him a happy Father's Day. If he's not alive, spend some time telling your kids about him.
9. Write the kids a thank-you cardÂnot for the gifts, but just for being. After all, you wouldn't be a father without them.
10. Let them meet the secret you. Tell them something about your self that they've never heard before; could be a favorite place or a secret dream you had as a kid.
11. Best of all: Do absolutely nothing. Spend a completely unstructured day with the kids doing exactly what they want to do. Ignore the distractions of the phone, email, bills, work, and errands, and focus completely on them. Top off the day with an ice-cream sundae.
Armin Brott's most recent book is The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year. He's also the author of five other critically acclaimed books on fatherhood, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Men's Health, and The Washington Post. The father of three, Armin lives with his family in Oakland, California, hosts a weekly radio show in the Bay Area, and writes the nationally syndicated column, Ask Mr. Dad.
Armin is an easy and comfortable guest with warmth, candor, and a sense of humor and I hope you will consider him for your show. For additional information, review copies, or to schedule an interview, contact Elizabeth Thompson
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