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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Father's Day Traditions

Teaching 4 Moments-Father's Day Traditions!
Father's Day Album
This year, why not start a new tradition for Father's Day?  

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about a new Father's Day tradition you can start this year!  

I love family traditions.  They give families an identity, a fun way to be creative, a bit of structure, and something to look forward to each year that encourages us to keep making new memories.  

When our first was...
...about 2 years old I started our particular Father's Day traditions.  It's definitely never too late to start new ones! 

DOCUMENT
I have an accordion style,  Father's Day photo album that I bought to document the yearly event.  It's pretty simple and all that I have to add each year is two pictures and a bit of writing.   My kids and husband have loved it.
Teaching 4 Moments-Father's Day memories
Write down your thoughts and what you did for Father's Day that year





GROWING HANDS PHOTO
For the first part of our tradition I take a picture of my husbands hand along with our kids together, each year.  It's been fun to watch as the hands have grown and multiplied with each added child!  It's funny now to take the annual picture because my husbands hand is basically buried by the four others on top of it.  I admit, I've missed taking the picture a few years in there, but it's all good.  It's the thought that counts, right?  :)  
Teaching 4 Moments-Yearly photo with dad and his children's hands.
Take a yearly picture of your husbands hand with his children's hands.




BUY GIFT FOR DAD AND A SIMILAR ONE FOR KIDS TO PLAY WITH TOGETHER
The second part of our tradition is that with whatever gift we decide to give Dad, I always try to come up with smaller gifts that go along with his that can be used together in some way.  The idea being that the gifts would be something that Dad and kids could have fun together with.  It's been fun, and sometimes a little tricky to think of a new idea each year.  The point has always been to have fun, and so far they've all had a good time with Father's Day.  

In the accordion style album I also try to jot down a few things about what the kids enjoy doing with Dad.  It's been touching to see how those things have changed over the years.  They're growing up too fast!


Here are a few of the gifts that we've done over the years: 

Matching Swimsuits!  I know, not too terribly exciting, but the boys were young then.  It worked.  :)  
Teaching 4 Moments-Matching swimsuits gift for father's day
Matching swimsuits




Matching dress shirts! Ok, yes, kind of like last year and not that exciting, BUT we were in grad-school and on a tight budget so I had to get practical as well!  I had the boys spell out DAD in a photo that we framed for his desk.  It was cute.  ;)  
Teaching 4 Moments-Matching shirts and hands to document in album
Matching shirts




One of my favorites!  Guitars!  Dad had been wanting this for years.  The kids were thrilled to get a mini version of his to try out.  Their facial expressions in this photo crack me up.  :)  
Teaching 4 Moments-Matching gifts for Father's Day!
Guitar for dad, mini versions for the kids




New BBQ!  We all got matching aprons to wear for our cooking adventures.  They've gotten lots of use over the years.   (This picture brings back those 9 months pregnant, just moved, sick with horrible allergies memories...yikes)
Teaching 4 Moments-Matching gifts for Father's Day
BBQ and matching Aprons






A few other ideas:

 GIVE DAD A YEARLY PICTURE OF THE KIDS
There are pictures all over these days of great ideas for Father's Day photography.  
Meaningfulmama has some adorable examples!  Check it out!  

MAKE A CD OF THE FAVORITE DANCING SONGS WITH DAD FOR THE YEAR
This idea comes from Simplehomeblessing.  I love it!  Music has a special way of bringing out memories.

  ANNUAL BACKYARD CAMPOUT WITH DAD 

BREAKFAST IN BED-KING FOR THE DAY

 PLAY YOUR FAVORITE FAMLY SPORT TOGETHER

 GO ON AN ICE CREAM ADVENTURE

 WRITE A POEM TOGETHER WITH YOUR KIDS ABOUT THE YEAR

FAVORITE FAMILY ACTIVITY

ANNUAL HIKE UP THAT BIG MOUNTAIN

MAKE HIM AN EXTRA FANCY TIE EACH YEAR

TRIP TO THE MOVIES




Whatever you decide to do for your yearly tradition, remember that the most important part is to say, THANK YOU, and to enjoy being together.  I hope this has inspired you to start a new tradition today!

I'd love to hear any traditions or other great ideas you have!  I could use some ideas for this year for our "matching"gift...
Teaching 4 Moments-Exploring with Dad
Having fun with Dad