I have noticed over the years that most men are task-oriented.
They like someone to hand them a task and say, “here, do this.”
Then, they do it and are happy when they can see a finished product, a result.
I have come to realize that the same concept applies to parenting: My husband does much better if he has a “task” to accomplish with our 2-year-old: grocery shopping or running an errand or setting up a blow-up pool in the backyard. If he is just playing with her (making block towers, reading story books, going on walks without a destination in the neighborhood, etc.), he becomes restless. He can’t see a “finished product.” He wonders where the time went. He’ll look at the clock and say with frustration, “I haven’t accompished ANYTHING today!”
Of course, I know that he’s accomplished a TON just by playing with our daughter. I know that it’s been meaningful, important, well-spent time. He knows that too, of course…but it’s harder for him to see that.
Is your husband/dad “task-oriented” too?
Then, he probably LOVES home improvement stores.
Think of all the potential “tasks” and “projects” that those stores inspire:
- installing a sprinkler system
- putting in new cabinetry
- tiling the floor
- building a coffee table
- barbecuing steaks on the grill
This Father’s Day, why not consider a gift card to Home Depot?
That way, he can choose a project for himself.
There are 3 Father’s Day-specific gift cards to choose from, but my two favorite are the duct-tape card and the drill-bit card (it actually comes with a drill bit…is that fun or what?). Those two are only available in-store, but there’s also a ruler-inspired card that says, “Dad, you rule!” (perfect for dads who love corny puns!) that you can purchase online and have shipped directly to your dad’s door.
WIN IT! One winner will receive a $100 gift card to Home Depot. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Monday, June 8 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
*UPDATE* The winner is #341 Dawn. Congratulations!