After the highly publicized Mother’s Day festivities end, stores ramp it up for ‘Dads and Grads.’ Already dads are getting the short end of the remote with having to share their holiday with graduates, and the gifts are often, well, more frugal than what is spent on Mother’s Day. Which is how my husband got this game a few Father’s Days ago…
When I picked up our daughter from preschool and took her to Target, she picked this game saying she wanted a game to play with dad. Happy Father’s Day!
Actually, that brings me to one of the many Father’s Day vs Mother’s Day comparisons. Typically, mothers want to spend Mother’s Day away from their younger children and have a day to themselves, while fathers want to celebrate by spending time WITH their kids. Although, not necessarily playing with Dora the Explorer. But hey, extra dad points if you do!
And there have been some recent trends suggesting that even though people are likely to purchase more for mom, folks are getting thrifty with their purchases for both holidays. Check out how it’s broken down in this infographic.
In our family, Father’s Day had extra meaning because it usually happened on or around my dad’s birthday. So there was no going cheap for this holiday! Although it did seem whatever we bought, dad had to return or exchange it because it wasn’t exactly what he wanted. Kind of a bummer, but oh well. It is all about dad.
So please don’t procrastinate if you have a dad in your life you want to celebrate. I’ll end the blog with some words of inspiration from these celebrity dads:
- “There should be a children’s song: ‘If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.’” -– Jim Gaffigan
- “When I hear people talk about juggling, or the sacrifices they make for their children, I look at them like they’re crazy, because ‘sacrifice’ infers that there was something better to do than being with your children.” — Chris Rock
- “Having children is like living in a frat house — nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” — Ray Romano
- “Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.” –- Jon Stewart
- “Just taught my kids about taxes by eating 38% of their ice cream.” — Conan O’Brien
- “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” — Mark Twain
And then there’s my personal favorite…
Happy Father’s Day!