Dads are rad—celebrate this Father's Day with these 5 tips
“A successful father will produce a child greater than himself.”
– Troy Vincent
Dads are rad and we celebrate him on Sunday as not an accessory to parenting, but as a parent—one of the toughest and most important jobs he will ever have. No longer just “Mr. Mom,” but a hands-on parent who shows affection, reads together, and plays with his kids.
The modern dad balances all of this plus work, fitness, diet, sleep and family, amongst other things. This can wear him down and create extra stress. In fact, according to a recent NPR article the male is the more fragile and sensitive sex. In every age group, the death rate for males is higher than females, with that gap only widening in the 50s and 60s. Later in life, men are more prone to weaknesses in their resistance to illness. And it continues until death. Males, on average, live shorter lives than females.
We may be limited in our ability to give the gift of a longer life to our fathers, but certainly we can strengthen the odds in the favor of vitality. And if we encourage dads to be well and take care of themselves, they will then be able to take better care of their children.
5 ways you can support your dad, your children’s dad or a male role model on Father’s Day (and beyond)
1. Sign dad up for a share of veggies
Subscribe to a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Encourage him to eat healthy the old fashioned way—with delicious vegetables from a local organic farm. Find simple recipes that you can create together like this marinade or glaze.
2. Start a meaningful conversation with dad
Instead of the weather, sports and/or finances, go deep. Here are some questions to start fun and thoughtful dialogue:
- What is your greatest talent or ability?
- What was the happiest moment of your life?
- What was the hardest thing you went through as a child? How did you overcome it
- What is the most embarrassing thing your mother or father ever did to you?
- What is the best thing that your grandparents ever cooked? What about your parents?
- How are you most different from your parents and grandparents? How are you the same?
- What memory do you like the most with your dad?
3. Try a new sport or hobby with dad
Ever tied a fly? Trained for a marathon? Sailed across a body of water? Climbed the highest peak in your state? It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. There may be no greater opportunity for bonding than training or learning together. Overcoming adversity is not only a triumph, but it is a memory that will last forever.
4. Spend quality time with dad
Nothing beats alone time with dad. Remove those distractions of the local news on TV, cell phone or staring at a computer screen. Try one of these:
- Drive to the country. Find the open road and just be together
- Grab an old photo album and reminisce
- Pop in an old family home video. Old talent show tapes? Yes please
- Head to the basement and renew that rivalry over foosball, HORSE or other games of your youth
5. Send him a jar of HANAH ONE
While HANAH gets a lot of kudos for being great for athletic pursuits, it also supports mental focus and clarity and overall health. lf dad is ready to bag peaks or run a marathon, you can help his body adjust to the stress with HANAH ONE. Even if your dad is just surfing a desk chair, HANAH will still contribute to his overall well being. The adaptogenic herbs in HANAH ONE adapt to individual needs to create stamina, focus and energy so that dad can be present and stay healthy.
Author Megan Henderson is a mom, yoga teacher, former organic farmer, and a writer living in Boulder, Colorado where she grows nightshades and 3 children while drinking homemade kombucha under the suburban starlight.
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