The Potential of Father’s Day

Is there some value to Father’s Day other than the Hallmark greeting card that it is presently? Is there something more to this day than just buying another tie or another golf shirt for dad?

Right now, the manner that we treat this day is emblematic of the extent to which our culture values fatherhood in general. It’s all about buying stuff, isn’t it? In a society where dads are primarily valued by the size of their wallet, this makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

It doesn’t have to be this way.

There’s great benefit in having dads be more involved with their families, for the kids, the dads, the moms and everyone else in between.

So, how can Father’s Day be better redefined in this way? If I could wave my magic wand, the day would go beyond gift-buying and celebrations (although nothing wrong with these) and be more about introspection. It would be more of a day of reflection where a father would take the time to ask himself how present and involved he was for his kids and family over the past year. Perhaps he’d ask his wife and kids (assuming they were old enough) about his performance. Maybe he’d talk to his own parents about this. Perhaps he’d reflect on whether he was able to create the best possible family/work balance over the year. He could also refect upon his parenting choices as well.

These are things I’ll be thinking about this Father’s Day. I think if Father’s Day (and Mother’s Day, too, for that matter) were treated as more of a day of reflection than just of gift-guying it would give more clarity to our priorities for the rest of the year.

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