Father’s Day is fast approaching, and I’ve been racking my brain to think of something that will at least come close to rivaling what my husband did for me for Mother’s Day.
As I’ve been browsing Pinterest for toddler-friendly crafts and perusing lists of the top gift ideas for dads, I keep thinking that one of the best things we can do on holidays like this one is speak our minds.
By that I mean, we should take it as an opportunity to say all the stuff that too often goes unsaid. We should start a lot of sentences with, “I don’t tell you this enough, but…”
Here are six ways I’ll be ending that sentence this year.
6 Heartfelt Things I’ll Be Telling My Husband This Father’s Day Tweet this!
1. Thank you for being a true partner in parenting.
Just because I’m the mom doesn’t mean I’m the parenting leader, and my husband isn’t a parenting follower or helper. No, we’re on equal footing with this whole child-rearing thing.
We rarely have to ask the other to help out with diaper changes or pick-ups from Nana’s house because we both consider ourselves parents first—before all the other titles we hold like workers or homeowners or hobbyists.
I realize not all households function like this, so I’m extra thankful mine does because it works really well for us.
2. You know, you’re a big part of the reason our son is so cute.
I know I’m biased, but I think my son is freakin’ adorable. I need to remind my hubby that half of Luke’s genes are his, which means he must be a good lookin’ guy!
Dads are often reminded to tell their wives how beautiful they are, but we moms tend to forget to tell our husbands how handsome they are. This Father’s Day, let’s remember to do that!
(Here’s a collage of baby pictures of my husband and son—definitely a resemblance!)
3. I love that you thoughtfully consider all of my mommy worries.
My husband always takes me seriously, and that is a blessing. He never says “whatever” when I stress unnecessarily over the lack of vegetables Luke ate last week; he never utters an arrogant “stop worrying” when I’m convinced a runny nose is going to turn into a terrible ear infection.
As a dad, he keeps me realistic without demeaning my concerns. I love that.
4. Your son absolutely adores you.
Our boy is in a mama-phase right now, meaning that often I’m the only one who can hold him or put him in his carseat or get his milk from the fridge.
But don’t let all that crying-for-mama fool you; Luke loves his daddy. If my husband has to leave for work before Luke’s awake in the morning, he inevitably cries “DADA!!!” over and over again while sporting a pout. And ever since Luke was an infant, no one—and I mean no one—could make that boy laugh the way my husband could, and still can.
5. Fatherhood makes you even more attractive to me.
The mashed sweet potatoes crusted on his jeans after dinner? I don’t notice them. The bags under his eyes from staying up late to finish the (piles and piles of) dishes? They don’t bother me one bit. I mean, come on, the very fact that he voluntarily does the dishes is HOT.
And my heart will always beat a little bit faster when I watch him giving Luke a big hug.
6. If our boy grows up to be exactly like you, that will be a great thing.
My husband takes his job as a role model for our son very seriously, and it shows. I pray we manage to raise Luke to be as good of a guy as his dad is.