What Are Daddies Made Of?

Posted on June 8th, 2013 by Denise | No Comments

What Are Daddies Made Of?


Denise Koonce OTR

In preparation for Father’s Day in our home, I thought I would look to see if there were any new and special ways to exhibit love and appreciation that we had not done in past years.  I also looked throughout the internet to see if I could find a poem for father’s day and I found some beautiful examples of Father’s Day poems.  However, the poem which kept playing over in my head was the poem about little boys.  Remember that childhood poem?  It goes like this, “What are little boys made of?  Slugs and snails and puppy dog tails.  That’s what little boys are made of.”  I guess that poem kept reminding me of the childlike spirit so many dads exemplify.  So, I decided if there were a daddy poem like that, it might go something like this:

What are daddies made of?

Caps galore, rough housing on the floor,

And burps that sound like a roar.

That’s what daddies are made of.

Tools here and there, some strange kind of smell,

And two arms made for big hugs.

That’s what daddies are made of!

I recently had an opportunity to observe multiple families throughout a few days, from a close distance involved in various daily activities.  I was alone, so I was free to watch and observe quietly.  What I observed began to amuse me and caused me to laugh not only at myself but at the past actions of my husband and the father of our daughter.  From what I observed, I realized the similarities in the role and/or actions of multiple fathers.  The dads were the ones predominately in the pool with the kids playing games, going down the water slide, throwing the kids around in the water and causing ruckus with water guns.  They were the ones in line for seconds and thirds for roasting marshmallows.  They were out early with the kids working on throwing (all sorts of balls and objects), bike riding, and other various childhood milestone activities.   They inevitably left caution to the wind, took hold of their childlike spirit and did whatever the kids were doing.  That could be rolling around in a big blow up ball, playing horseshoes, soccer, fishing, or tossing water balloons.  Conversely, the moms were participating but just not in the same way.  They were the ones reminding every one of when, how, where, and for how long.  It was simply amazing to sit back and watch the diversely different roles that a mother and father tend to have and how they eventually compliment each other to round out the raising of a child. 

So, in keeping to task and writing about celebratory holidays, I wanted to do something for Father’s Day.  The first step is to break from the urge to buy him socks, underwear, belts, or ties and do something different.   I found some wonderful playful ways for a child to thank their dad on father’s day that I want to share with you. 


Art Work – Art work of multiple choices with your children’s hand prints or foot prints on something, i.e. cups, containers, cards, tee-shirts, barbecue aprons, can have a precious personal touch and provide dad with an item he can reuse. For the containers fill them with something useful to their dad, something that he will either use repetitively or only he can or will eat.  Items such as nuts, candy, golf tees or balls, barbecue wood chips, jerky, fishing lures, small change or quarters are only a few ideas.


Remote Control Fun – Something cute and poignant was attaching their favorite candy and a card to the TV remote control with the statement that he was in control of the remote and TV all day. 



 Daddy Coupons – Make Daddy coupons for tasks that he would normally do but the child could do instead or things that he rarely does for himself but would enjoy receiving.  He can then (turn them in) throughout the year.  Coupon ideas might include cleaning his vehicle, sweeping out the garage, taking out the trash, making his favorite dessert, fishing trip with the family or children, or tickets to a game or movie.

Photos – Put together a grouping of pictures from special events ones over the last year or create a whole new set of photos or a photo montage on a DVD or flash drive to play for dad on Father’s Day.  The children can act silly, dress up funny, or hold the letters that spell out Father’s Day.

Dads are very special creatures and their day should be as creatively special.  So, to all the fathers, dads, and papas I want to thank you for maintaining your childlike spirit while sternly steering your children down the path of life.  There are so many great ways to say thank you and show appreciation on Father’s Day, especially if it comes from the heart.  I know you will have fun deciding how to make him feel special and if you have a unique idea, of how to say thanks on Father’s Day, please share it with us.  Happy Father’s Day!

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