Make his first Fa­ther’s Day spe­cial

The Southern Berks News - - FATHER’S DAY GUIDE -

Dads are of­ten the first heros in their young chil­dren’s lives. Dads chase away ghosts in the closet, let their daugh­ters dance on their toes and teach their sons how to win the heart of their first crush.

The first Fa­ther’s Day a new dad spends with his grow­ing family can be quite mem­o­rable, as cel­e­brat­ing one’s fa­ther­hood for the first time is a unique and spe­cial time. Spouses and other family mem­bers can go the ex­tra mile to make this year that much more spe­cial for first­time fa­thers.

• Let Dad sleep in. Chances are Dad is enamored with his lit­tle bun­dle of joy, but it’s well-known that be­ing a new fa­ther of­ten means sac­ri­fic­ing sleep time — es­pe­cially for the first sev­eral months to a year of that child’s life. En­list the help of a family mem­ber who can be on baby watch while Dad gets to sleep in on the week­end of his big day. With some ex­tra sleep, Dad can en­joy Fa­ther’s Day that much more.

• Create a first-year mem­ory book. Take the time to put to­gether a scrap­book of the pho­tos and mo­ments baby and Dad have got­ten to spend to­gether. So much fo­cus is of­ten placed on a new baby and his or her mother that Dad may be left play­ing sec­ond fid­dle. Make it clear that fa­thers are key to their chil­dren’s de­vel­op­ment and hap­pi­ness, too.

• Make a baby keep­sake. Use wash­able ink so that baby can sign a Fa­ther’s Day card with a hand or foot­print. The tra­di­tion can be re­peated year af­ter year un­til the child is old enough to write.

• Go over­board on gifts. The idea isn’t to buy Dad’s love, but Dad’s first Fa­ther’s Day is a truly unique time. On be­half of his first­born, pur­chase a few dif­fer­ent gifts — those items that he has been in­ter­ested in buy­ing but has re­sisted in fa­vor of sav­ing money for new one­sies and burp cloths. Or in­vest in one spe­cial event gift, such as tick­ets to a game to see his fa­vorite team or a con­cert to catch a fa­vorite band.

• Boost his ego. Get match­ing T-shirts for baby and Dad with cute memes and say­ings, such as “Couch Potato” and “Tater Tot.”

Fa­ther’s Day comes once a year. How­ever, a fa­ther’s very first Fa­ther’s Day oc­curs just once. Use the op­por­tu­nity to pam­per Dad so he can sa­vor this truly spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence.

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