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What to get an old school dad on Father's Day. . . DIY!

For the past three years I’ve gone to Walgreen’s grabbed a card and called it a “Father’s Day.”  My gifts could be more thoughtful but I’m an actor and my dad gets it. I’m broke, I’m busy.

This year though, I vowed would be different. I gotta show my dad how much I appreciate all that he’s sacrificed for me.  It’s my new year's resolution, get thoughtful gifts. But now,  it’s the Saturday before Father’s Day and I’ve got no time left and even less money.  

What can I do for my old school dad?  When I say old school, I'm saying, he irons his t-shirts, he pays his bills in the store, he's kept the same Janet Jackson poster up since the 90's, he still listens to cassette and watches VHS. . . Old school like that!  Alright, so the Father's Day gift. I need to come up with something good!

To get ideas, I go where anyone in my position would go . . . Google!  After a few minutes on the web, it hits me.  DIY, yes, and DIY with what I’ve already got.  I don’t have much, but I do have some office stuff in my backpack. Let’s see what I can make with that!

 What I’m working with:

I’ve got some old school stuff here. A copy of a James Baldwin book, some playing cards. He's always playing cards with some folks! I've got blank greeting cards, stickers for my after school program kids and  scissors (YES!) I've got plenty of stuff, I’m going in y’all!!

The final result:

Had to go with a handmade card, but talk about thoughtful! Ace cause, you know my dad is #1!  Some deep quotes from that Baldwin text! The old school boombox and peace sign are the perfect stickers to pull it all together!  Whew! Just when I was about to go to Walgreen’s again!

 What are you doing for Father’s Day?? Drop us a comment below . . .

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 Happy Father's Day Fam!

Happy Father's Day Quotes for Father's Day

By , Guide

Good fathers are difficult to find. If you have a gem of a father and you wish to make him feel special, here is your chance. Wish him a very happy father's day with some brilliant father's day quotes. If you have shied away from expressing your warm feelings to your father, don't lose this opportunity. These charming father's day quotes can awaken and rebuild long lost relationships.
  • Erika Cosby
    You know... fathers just have a way of putting everything together.

  • Clarence Budington Kelland
    He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.

  • Lord Chesterfield
    As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless.

  • National Urban League Slogan
    Don't make a baby if you can't be a father.

  • Aldous Huxley
    Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.

  • Helen Rowland
    A man's desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world.

  • Austin O'Malley
    The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.

  • Confucius
    The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.

  • William Penn
    He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.

  • Charles Wadworth
    By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.

  • Anonymous
    Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.

  • Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities
    Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called 'Being a Father' so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.



Make Your Kid Feel Secure 
As a father, it is the most important part of your parenthood to make your kid feel secure. Assure that he feels secure about his life and future and understands that you are always with him in his problems and necessities. Also, make sure that your kid doesn't develop any kind of threat from anything or anyone around.

Ensure 24x7 availability 
Though you will need to be on your toes 24 hours, make sure you are available for your kid in every necessity. Assure that you will be available for him if he has difficulty in some terminal examination or even when he has a fight with his best friend. Be by his bed side when he is ill and do not miss to attend the Parents- Teacher meet.

Discuss Life with Him/Her
Discuss life with him; make him know that life is a little different for both of you than other people- but the difference is of course healthy and good. Do not keep him in illusionary world but do not even be a harsh explainer. Tell him everybody's life is special and the same is applicable for your life. Ask him if he is confused about anything or wants your opinion, be gentle in the way you teach him life's practicalities.

Bid a Good Bye to Bad Habits 
As a single father, you obviously miss the own space, so whatever you do is completely exposed to your kid. Avoid smoking, drinking, betting, slang or any such habit you have if you want to be an ideal hero in front of your kid.

Never Be Critical About Relationships
Though you may have very harsh experiences from your relationships in life, never nurture hard feelings inside your kid about relations. Never criticize or abuse his/her mom in front of her and make him understand that though certain relation may not work properly, it never means some one is bad or wrong. Let him grow with a healthy mind set.

Understand Your Kids Necessities
Your kid's necessity can vary with time and age. Try to understand his issues. Do not show disinterest even if the issues are minor. Your attention will make him feel confident.

Share Hobbies
There is nothing better if you naturally share some hobby but even if you do not, try to love something your kid adores. Enjoy photography; painting or trekking together, this will help you come closer.

Tell Everything About Your Work and Social Life
Do not make him ponder about what you do and where you live whole day. Assure that you clearly explain him about your work culture, your work profile and people you live with. Introduce to him your social circle.