Mother’s Day – What is Dad’s role?

What is the dad’s role on Mother’s Day? Sunday, 8 May, is Mother’s Day, a day for kids around the world to acknowledge and thank Mum for all the hard work she puts into raising them.

Dads are expected to help decide on and purchase the gifts, assist with preparing breakfast in bed or another special meal, and generally make sure Mum gets a day off, right? Well, yes and no. Here are a few other suggestions:

  • Spend time with the kids planning the day
  • Help the children make personalised gifts and cards at home – they are always more appreciated and treasured than the store-bought variety
  • Don’t forget your own Mum – give her a call, drop in to visit and/or share a meal
  • Thank your wife or partner for the wonderful way she is helping bring up your children.
  • Start a family ritual for the day – an activity or outing you all do together

One of our supporters, Kym, has written an article on celebrating mum’s first Mother’s Day.

Tips:

Schedule work around your family

If your work situation requires it, get up earlier in the morning and get a couple of hours work done before having breakfast with the family, or work a couple of hours in the evening after the children are in bed, rather than miss out on spending time with your family.

Experiences:

Life Lessons to be learned from Dad

The Fathering Project was featured in the Daily Telegraph. The article is about discovering the life lessons that only Dads can teach. Playing with dad is not just simple fun —it can also set up a child for life.