There is certainly no shortage of reasons to celebrate Father’s Day this June, but what of those families that might be dealing with hard times. Sometimes families struggle with finances, relationships, health issues and even death which can make it difficult to feel like celebrating at all. It can be tough to make these days a priority when things feel like they are falling apart. Ultimately, there are so many wonderful men in all of our lives, it might just take a moment to think about who has affected you and your family in the most positive way and find a way to celebrate them in the midst of it all.
Letting Dad Know You Appreciate His Sacrifice
If you’re lucky enough to have Dad in your life than you must know that his ideal Father’s Day celebration involves spending time with the people he loves. Homemade cards and crafts are lovely especially if money is tight right now and watching the game with his kids is pretty great, too. When the family is struggling Dads can feel a lot of pressure to make things right. Let Dad know that you appreciate him for helping the family persevere through the hardest of times.
When Dad isn’t There
If Dad isn’t around, for whatever reason, don’t forget about Mom, Step-dad, Grandad or Uncle this Father’s Day. Sure, Dad might have been ideal, or not, but there are other men ( and women) in a family’s life that sacrifice to ensure the safety and happiness of its members. These people can be celebrated on a day meant for Dad’s to show them how important they are to you.
If Someone is Sick
When families struggle with health issues there can be little that can ease the worry and strain. Priorities change quickly when we are fighting illness and it can be difficult to focus on anything but our family member's illness. Celebrating a special man in your life, maybe a doctor or nurse that is working to help you or your family member recover might bring a small bit of joy into an otherwise very sad time.
Father’s Day doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Images of caring dads lifting loving children into a warm embrace is not always a reality for everyone. Be sensitive this Father’s Day and understand that some might celebrate this one just a little bit differently.