What Does Dad Really Want for Father's Day?

Ideas that will make Dad smile on his special day


Mother’s Day is so much easier to plan than Father’s Day. I’m not just saying that because I'm a Mom and I think it’s incredibly easy to figure out what I like.

After all, what woman doesn’t appreciate a pretty bouquet of flowers, an assortment of gourmet chocolate, a spa appointment or breakfast in bed? But when it comes to the men in our lives, it can be a lot trickier to plan that perfect day. There is no tradition around Father's Day like Mother's Day Brunch, which makes it easy to plan. Every Dad has different interests. I remember as a kid, whenever I would ask my Dad what he wanted for Father's Day his answer was always "Peace and Quiet." Well, you can't just pick that up at the store, so we had to be more creative. 

So, how to plan the perfect Father’s Day? Dad deserves a day that’s all about him. That means no obligations, no stress, and a whole lot of fun! While some Dads may want to spend the day away from their families to relax, we say, "No Way!" Let’s have fun together. (You can certainly give Dad a day out golfing, fishing, etc. as a gift, but if the kids want to lavish Dad with love on his special Day, definitely do things as a family.)

If you’re scratching your head planning Father's Day activities, ask yourself what does Dad like to do? Cook, golf, play sports, watch sports, watch movies, or go on adventures? Once you narrow down his interests, think about a way the whole family can do it together. If he likes to golf, take the family to the driving range to hit some balls. If he likes to cook, plan a meal that takes all day to cook like ribs, paella, or homemade pasta. Everyone can help. If he likes adventures, take the family to see that cool new Museum exhibit or go on a long bike ride in a different part of town. If he has been dying to try that restaurant featured in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, go out to eat. 

Here are some ideas to help you plan the perfect Father's Day.

Most importantly, I'd love to hear from you. Dads, what do you want most for Father's Day? Moms, what do you have planned for Dad's special day?


Sue Kirchner is a family fun coach, kids party planner, and weekly contributor to Patch.com. Sue and her family fun ideas have been featured on TV, newspapers, magazines, blogs, as well as her own family fun site ChocolateCakeMoments.com.

Morgan Delack June 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Dick, I think that's what most dads really want these days! Great comment, thanks for sharing.
DaddyO June 14, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Foot rub.
David Greenberg June 14, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I'll second: Peace and Quiet :-) It's easy to do too - just get everyone out of the house, and let Dad sleep... Oh wait... that's not so easy ;-> A card would be nice... We all have enough ties...
Sue Kirchner June 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Thanks everyone! I love hearing from the Dads. If someone could bottle "Time" and "Peace and Quiet", they'd be rich. Happy early Father's Day, everyone.
Dan Pritzker June 15, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I don't know why my comment was censored? Are we in Pakistan? My wish is 3 hours with Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis or Megan Fox. I guess the female censor can't handle the truth. Sad day for America.


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