San Francisco, CA (Vocus) May 8, 2010
With Father’s Day coming up June 20, sons, daughters and wives everywhere are looking for ways to do right by Dad. David Cunningham, Landmark Education communication expert, offers some suggestions for making dads everywhere feel extra appreciated.
Cunningham says what most dads really want is a simple “thank you” along with respect, appreciation and gratitude. He offers these simple, practical tips for making dads feel special on Father’s Day and all year long:
1. Say thanks for a specific moment.
While any form of appreciation is a gift, dads especially appreciate being acknowledged for something specific they have done. Cunningham suggests family members shine a spotlight on a particular time dad did something really generous, protective or loving. Maybe he believed in a child when no one else seemed to, or he built a tree house one summer, or always checks to make sure family members’ cars are running well. Sons and daughters who are also parents can think about what they would like to be acknowledged for. Whether it was a small act of kindness or an act of “only-a-dad heroism,” spouses and children can make Father’s Day special by reliving the memory with Dad — and thanking him.
2. Tell dad he is loved and appreciated for loving his family.
People express love in a lot of different ways, and sometimes men in particular aren’t sure that the people closest to them realize how much they are loved, Cunningham says. Family members can tell Dad in no uncertain terms that his love is appreciated as a true gift.
3. Let Dad know he got the job done!
The biggest thing for any dad is to know is that his kids are okay. Children can reassure their fathers of that fact by letting him know their life works — and by giving him the credit he is due for his part in that success. The point is not that things are perfect or that Dad always did everything perfectly, but that even with all the inevitable ups and downs and everything that’s happened or not, Dad is valued for helping his children to be responsible for their lives.
“There’s not a human being alive who isn’t touched and moved by acknowledgement and appreciation, and your father is no exception,” Cunningham says. “So sure, give him a gift if you want or take him out for a steak dinner. Just remember that having his success as a dad be real for you and him is what makes Father’s Day be an occasion of true celebration and love.”
David Cunningham is a communication expert and seminar leader for Landmark Education, a personal and professional growth, training and development company that's had more than 1.2 million people use its programs to cause breakthroughs in their personal lives as well as in their communities, generating more than 100,000 community projects around the world. In The Landmark Forum, Landmark’s flagship program, people cause breakthroughs in their performance, communication, relationships and overall satisfaction in life. For more information, please visit http://www.landmarkeducation.com.
Michelle Tennant Nicholson
Wasabi Publicity, Inc.
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