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In the Name of the Father

Father's Day is almost here and I have already completed our family tradition: D-A-D-D-Y

Now I'm trying to figure out what else the kid could do to surprise Daddy on Sunday.

I'm not a crafty mom so I always go to Pinterest when it comes to finding crafts and activities, and I've gotten a few ideas:

T-Shirt Quilt

For our first Christmas together I got my husband a t-shirt that was kind of an inside joke. Since then it's become sort of a tradition and he's got a lot of shirts that are wearing out, I've got shirts that are just memories, and our daughter has old favourites that she just keeps growing out of. Gathering all of these things together and creating a memory quilt for our bed seems like a really great idea. I thought of surprising Joe with such a quilt, but I worried about sneaking his favourite shirts out of his drawer so I think I'll actually ask him.

Daddy's Mug

For her daycare provider at Christmas last year the kid painted a mug with special ceramic paint. It was a quick project, but Pinterest has shown me an even easier way – the Sharpie mug. You draw on a plain mug with a Sharpie permanent marker and then bake it. Now that my kid is learning how to write her letters this could be a fantastic gift that would help Daddy remember his three-year old as she keeps on growing.

An Interview

One thing that my husband and I have both done in the past is interview our daughter. Last year I asked her a few questions about her Daddy – like what his name is, how old he is, what she likes doing with him – and sent them to him. Doing this every year and watching the answers change and grow would be a great tradition.

Artistic Kid

One of my favourite things that I've seen on Pinterest that I haven't done yet is this great idea – having your child paint or create something and photographing them while they work, and then framing the photo with the artwork. It's something I would love to have hanging in my own home.

Really my husband doesn't need any more than a hug and a kiss and 'I love you Daddy' (and he probably wants to sleep in that day), but it's nice to have something that reminds you year after year of your child growing up.

Are you doing anything special for Father's Day?

Amy is mom to three year old The Kid and a 7 year old schnauzer named Henry. You can read her blog at amyboughner.ca where she writes about motherhood and anything else that’s on her mind.