Top Ten Things to Say to My Kids on Father's Day

It's Father's Day and I've just woken up exhausted after having 14 eleven year old girls celebrate my daughters birthday last night. I am fully prepared for today, having had eleven past Father's Days worth of practice. I know what is expected of me, how to act, and what to say.

As a Father's Day veteran, I offer other dads my list of Top Ten Things to Say to My Kids on Father's Day, below. The list will also give all of you Dr. Moms an insight into Father's Day through Dad's eyes.

Top Ten Things for Dads to Say on Father's Day

  1. Thank you: No matter what the present or how it's presented "thank you" are the two best words to use. Here's an example: "Thank you, daughter, for these great Barbie boxer shorts in pink! I'll wear them a lot".

  2. l love you, too: This works well as an opener for Father's Day, as your child leaps into bed to wish you a happy Father's Day before the birds begin to chirp in the morning.

  3. Wow! That's great!: This one works well when the strawberry/blueberry/orange slice pancakes are brought to you for breakfast.
  4. OK, just a minute and I'll be there: I have found that this line helps when trying to steal a quick shower before the day begins.

  5. As the Father's Day progresses I have found these lines to be helpful:

  6. Do you know the origin of Father's Day? Most don't. Sonara Dodd of Spokane, Washington thought of Father's Day as a way to honor the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising six children.

  7. Do you know the two best Fathers Day quotes? The first quote is from Mark Twain, who said "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." The second quote, from Charles Wadsworth, goes like this: "By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he usually has a child who thinks he's wrong".

  8. OK it's Father's Day so...: This one I use for every little event, like not getting up from the couch and asking one of my children to get that can of soda from the fridge or the newspaper from outside, or better yet for a few moments of peace.
  9. Toward the end of Father's Day I'm armed with the following three things to say:

  10. OK, it's Father's Day, so let's show some respect. This one is great when the football game starts and everyone else in the household wants to watch some Animal Planet special on hibernating crocodiles in Siberia. Football rules because its Father's Day.

  11. Tonight I'll take everyone to dinner. This is great for that huge 40 ounce porterhouse steak you want, with mountain-sized mashed potatoes - when everyone else wants sushi.
  12. And the best is for last. This one is to be used when the pleasantness of Father's Day has deteriorated and friction runs high:

  13. "Oh, you think I'm a bad dad? I'm great compared to the other bad dads of history. Try being the child of Ivan the Terrible, or Ben Franklin. Ole Ben did some horrific things to his kids." Of course, my smart daughter's retort last year was "How about being the father of Napoleon? You think it was fun for him?!"

Read more stay-at-home dad articles in author Brandon Knight's series "The Other Side of Medicine".

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